Lindsay Lohan is desperately trying to hire a new defense attorney, despite having fired Shawn Holley and replaced him with Mark Heller just weeks ago.
The actress reportedly “despises” Heller, prompting her to hunt for another replacement. Finding one may prove a difficult task for her, however.
“Lindsay has been on the phone calling criminal defense attorneys in Los Angeles trying to hire someone new to represent her,” a source revealed.
“She called four other top DUI attorneys, and every one turned her down … one even had his assistant call Lindsay back and say he wasn’t interested.”
Lindsay Lohan fired Shawn Holley, her longtime lawyer, earlier this month and was represented by Heller on Wednesday; her next court date is in March.
The 26-year-old faces charges of lying to police following her summer car crash in L.A., as well as the probation violation this may have triggered.
“Lindsay is absolutely stunned that this is happening to her,” the source said about the train wreck being turned down repeatedly by top lawyers.
“The [legal community has] a tremendous amount of respect for Shawn Holley, and they know that Lindsay owes her hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
“Therefore they want nothing to do with her.”
Some of the lawyers view representing LiLo as more trouble than its worth, the source said, and believe she will regret firing Holley for a long, long time.
Even Judge Stephanie Sautner seemed to suggest as much, asking her if she really wanted to drop Holley in favor of Heller at this stage of the game.
Lindsay said: “Yes, for today.” Sautner told her this action was not just for Wednesday but going forward. Lindsay tersely replied, “yes, going forward.”
Somewhat ironically, it’s Heller’s love for publicity and media that is “highly irritating” to Lindsay, the source told celebrity gossip site Radar Online.
“[Holley's] rule was to just lay it all out in court, and leave it at that,” the source said. “Mark had a press conference after he met with prosecutors in the case.”
Heller previously had his law license suspended five years for misconduct; even Michael Lohan has spoken out forcefully against Heller representing Lindsay.
It seems to be quite unclear why he was even hired, but so be it now.
Sautner set a pretrial hearing for March 1; Lindsay is not required to be in court if her counsel appears. The trial date is set for March 18. Expect fireworks.
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