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Lindsay Lohan just fired Shawn Holley, the attorney that has stood by Lindsay and gotten her out of countless jams with the law (probation, jewelry theft) and decided to hire NYC attorney Mark Heller, who will now take over in Lohan’s multiple criminal cases. Heller allegedly sent Holley a letter terminating her services, but Lohan denies she asked Heller to do that. Too bad sources say Lohan signed off on the letter…so she did in fact authorize Holley’s firing. Lohan may even want Holley back on her team. But Holley may not even want to go back to Lohan…she owes Holley $300,000 in legal fees. “Lindsay owes Shawn over $300k in legal fees and she hasn’t made any payments to her in over six months,” a source told Radar. “Lindsay hadn’t paid anything for any of the work Shawn has done on her three new criminal charges of lying to cops, in connection with her car accident in Santa Monica last summer. Shawn has kept Lindsay out of jail for over five years now and she has no idea how good she has had it. Shawn is extremely respected by judges and prosecutors and that has benefited Lindsay greatly. Lindsay’s new criminal attorney, Mark Heller, isn’t even based and certainly doesn’t have the revered reputation that Shawn does.” The source went on to say, “I suspect that Lindsay’s new attorney is either representing her for a reduced fee, or not charging her at all,” the source says. “I think Mark wants the publicity that representing Lindsay Lohan can bring.”
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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