Lindsay Lohan has made a very strange move: She has fired Shawn Holley, the attorney that, through numerous cases, has managed to keep from being jailed for any extended period. It's a strange move for another reason. The news and the firing hit on Monday, Jan. 14, and Lohan is scheduled for a court hearing on Tuesday.
Things became even more confusing just slightly later in the day. Later on Monday, it was reported that Lohan was telling her friends that she did not authorize Mark Heller, reportedly now her new attorney, to send Holley a letter of termination. That again does not make sense on several levels: The letter of termination was apparently signed by Lohan.
Perhaps coming to her senses -- or perhaps because she's telling the truth when she says she never wanted Holley axed. Perhaps Lohan is right -- although there is that signature, right?
There is also the fact that, according to Radar Online, Lohan apparently owed Holley $300,000 and hadn't paid her a dime in more than six months. Was the change all about finding a cheaper attorney? It could be, but Lohan may find out that Holley was worth every penny.
A source said:
Lindsay owes Shawn over $300k in legal fees and she hasn’t made any payments to her in over six months. 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 in Los Angeles and certainly doesn’t have the revered reputation that Shawn does.
I suspect that Lindsay’s new attorney is either representing her for a reduced fee, or not charging her at all. I think Mark wants the publicity that representing Lindsay Lohan can bring.
Heller may not have the oomph of Holley, but more than that, TMZ reported that Heller was suspended from practicing law for five years back in 1994.
Stranger still, if we can go that far, was the fact that Holley was on her way to the courthouse to continue working on a settlement to keep Lohan out of jail for her lying to the police charges when she received the phone call from Mark Heller saying she was axed.
The lying to the police charges stem from her Pacific Coast Highway crash from last year, when she rear-ended a dump truck. She initially told authorities that she was not driving the car, but in fact she was.
Lohan could face as much as eight months in jail.