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Lindsay Lohan

Fires Attorney Shawn Holley

1/14/2013 3:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Lindsay Lohan
has made one of the worst decisions of her life ... firing Shawn Holley -- the lawyer who has kept her out of jail multiple times -- and hired a New York lawyer, who was suspended from practicing law for 5 years back in 1994 ... sources tell TMZ.

Lohan is facing criminal prosecution in both California and New York.  Attorney Mark Heller is repping Lindsay in the NYC assault case. Shawn Holley was repping LiLo in L.A. in her multiple criminal cases -- most recently the car crash where she allegedly lied to cops. 

It's a stunning development -- given that Holley has taken heat for being too effective, keeping Lindsay out of the pokey in the jewelry heist case as well as several probation violation cases. And she's almost magically made some criminal investigations disappear.

Sources connected with the L.A. prosecution of Lindsay tell TMZ ... Heller -- who according to the New York Times has been called a "menace to the public" by some lawyers -- sent a letter to Holley saying he was now repping her on all criminal matters.

Bad timing on Lindsay's part, because sources tell us ... Holley was literally on her way to the courthouse when Heller sent his letter -- she was trying to negotiate yet another sweet settlement for Lindsay in the lying-to-cops case.

Calls to Holley were not returned.

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31.

Latch Johnson    

This isn't the first time she's dumped Holley. Honestly it's the CA court system that's to blame for keeping Lilo outta jail. My dog could rep her and she'd still only get house arrest. Fines need to be jacked up there if someone gets out early.

617 days ago
32.

Made it Past 27    

SHE COULDNT AFFORD HER, THAT IS THE ONLY REASON SHE SWITCHED LAWYERS!!

617 days ago
33.

CoconutScrimp    

Consider it good news, Shawn!

617 days ago
34.

gbtw    

holley will be sipping champagne tonight! she has plenty to do without dealing with this DISASTER! heller probably pitchec this to lindsay as a way to get an extension on things (b/c he'll ask for more time to get up to speed on the case). however, is he admitted in cali?

617 days ago
35.

Majestik    

Welp, there you have it, she won't need to show up tomorrow because Heller can now walk in and get a postponement so he can catch up on the case. Keeps her out of jail for another few months.

617 days ago
36.

Wow ...    

This means Lindsay can not afford Holley anymore. I'm betting Ms. Holley doesn't lose any sleep tonight. In addition the NY attorney is swindling his way into her camp, making promises, which he may not be able to keep. In this matter though, they might be successful in postponing the case. Hopefully the judge says NO WAY!

617 days ago
37.

Vinsetta    

Yeah it's got to be the other way around. Shawn was not gonna do it pro bono and she can't afford her. Crap Lohan was making $100 a day. She'd be better off using a state appointed attorney than Mark Heller. Her one big thing going for her said, "Pay me"

617 days ago
38.

C Carroll Adams PhD    

Given that Mark Heller is not licensed to practice in California, what is the likelihood he would be allowed to even be co-counsel given his shocking reputation in New York?

Of course years ago Bruce Cutler was allowed to represent Phil Spector weeks after Cutler was re-instated by the NY Barr after a 6 years suspension. But then Cutler had many California licensed attorneys as co-counsel.

617 days ago
39.

smorbie    

It's good for a continuance anyway. Heller will go to court tomorrow, introduce himself as her new attorney, and say he needs time to get up to speed on her case. She skates awhile longer.

As for Holley, she more or less had to stick with Lindsay because a lawyer has to finish a case even in light of payment issues. He cannot abandon his client. And since Lindsay has never, ever had a case actually finish, Holley's been king of stuck. She's probably celebrating now.

617 days ago
40.

static    

If there is a bad decision to be made you can be sure she will make it. It seems to me Shawn Holley was the only sane person in her life.

617 days ago
41.

ohboy    

Shawn Holly's multiple-year-long constant migraine has just been alleviated. WHERE IS NICOLE?

617 days ago
42.

Alia    

ahaahha... Christmas Wishes come true late??? Oh is this just another delaying tatic as she will need time to prepare and delay again going to jail fcukng stupid skank.

617 days ago
43.

YouDontSay    

Wow. You would have thought Shawn would be her BFF. Dumb Dumb Dumb.

617 days ago
44.

Vinsetta    

LIndsay Lohan is insane - Sincerely Harvey Levin

617 days ago
45.

hi    

I'm surprised the Lawyer didn't quit a long time ago

617 days ago
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