Lindsay Lohan Is Driving Her Lawyer Crazy, Says Insider! Exclusive

Wed, February 9, 2011 9:59pm EST by 12 Comments
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Lindsay’s attorney “is in lawyer hell,” an insider close to Shawn Chapman Holley tells us

Lindsay Lohan‘s legal woes are so numerous, it’s difficult to keep her arrests straight. Imagine trying to be her lawyer, constantly defending a girl who can’t seem to learn how to do the right thing, no matter how many chances she receives. Shawn Chapman Holley has been Lindsay’s lawyer since March 2009 and a source tells she is sick and tired of Lindsay’s constant legal troubles.

“Shawn is in lawyer hell,” says a friend close to Holley, “Every time she thinks there is an end in sight with Lindsay, she gets a new case! This is someone who just wants to get out.”

And Holley isn’t just dealing with the legal side of Lindsay’s life like her new felony grand larceny charge and her probation being revoked, she also has to play family therapist! “Shawn spends all of her time on the phone with Lindsay and her family. She has to deal with the inhouse fighting between Michael and Dina. Multiple people are expressing their opinion. She has a very fine line of listening to what her client wants, and doing what is actually in her client’s best interest.”

Holley has a six-year-old daughter, and our insider says her days consist of dropping her child off at school and then rushing to deal with Lindsay all of the time. “She’s always putting out fires. She tries to have a celebratory drink every time she gets Lindsay to stay out of jail, and then the next day Lindsay’s breaking the law again! It’s a career-ruiner from a defense attorney’s point of view. She has no time for her other clients, and it is very challenging for her.”

So why is Holley sticking with Lindsay despite all of the stress? “She has an ethical responsibility not to abandon her client,” affirms our insider.

Holley briefly quit last July, but that didn’t last long. “When it comes down to it, Shawn’s done a great job for Lindsay. She hasn’t gone to jail yet. But at some point, the criminal justice system stops trying to rehabilitate you and starts to punish you. I’d be very surprised if she doesn’t get [jail] time. Maybe that will be good for her. She needs to go to the Robert Downey Jr. school of rock bottom!” asserts our source, alluding to RDJ’s felony conviction which eventually led him to turn his life around.

Eek! Sounds like poor Shawn Chapman Holley has quite the handful with Lindsay. Do you feel sorry for Holley? Sound off below!

Lorena O’Neil

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Betty Botox

Posted at 1:13 PM on February 10, 2011  

It was my understanding that the attorney begged the Judge to remove her from her legal responsibilities for Ms. Lohan last year. Didn’t Lindsay search for a new attorney and couldn’t find one who would handle her case(s)? For those of you who say California lets her get away with eveything she does, please remember Naomi Campbell has done pretty much the same on the East Coast. While it appears to all of us that Lindsay can do anything she likes and get away with it, there will come a time (who knows when) when the hammer will come down and that’s all she wrote for Ms. Lohan. Now she is trying to get a plea deal so she won’t have to do jail time. Is it right? No. Are there thousands of men and women doing jail time for less than what she has done? Yes. Just you wait, Karma is patiently waiting. And we all know Ms. Karma is a b—-!

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Posted at 1:50 PM on February 10, 2011  

At least Naomi Campbell works or has managed to acquire money from somewhere – do I hear blood diamonds – and pay for that level of counsel. While some of the incidents were handled out of New York courtrooms, Naomi is primarily based in Europe and is actually a British subject.

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Posted at 1:35 AM on February 10, 2011  

i’m sure she’s getting paid real nice.
nobody needs to feel bad for her.if she’s “tired” of defending LiLo i’m sure many others would take her up in a heartbeat.

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Tom Malee

Posted at 1:08 AM on February 10, 2011  

Everybody has it backwards. Either LL is getting the wrong advice from her present attorney, or she isn’t listening to the present attorney.
It doesn’t matter which. In EITHER CASE, she needs to GET RID of her present lawyer before she gets in any deeper! She’s obviously not listening to present lawyer Holley, so Holley isn’t doing her job, and should have gotten out of it long ago. She’s just dragging LL down.
In a competent attorney-client relationship, the client listens to the attorney. That’s not happening here. LL needs a lawyer she LISTENS to.

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Posted at 3:01 PM on February 10, 2011  

lawyers are not babysitters. they are always hired after the crime has been committed, and always blamed for their clients’ bad acts by people who don’t know any better- such as yourself. lindsay doesn’t listen to anyone- not her parents, not her lawyers, not the judge. sch job is to help lindsay after the numerous bad deeds she keeps committing. do you honestly think lindsay would listen to anyone? i mean, does a person really need to be told, ‘hey, don’t break the law- oh, and if you do, please don’t make it a felony… that includes not trying to steal jewelry worth thousands linds, okay? you understood that, right?’ please. you clearly don’t understand the job of an attorney, but you’d be a great friend for lindsay b/c you’d fit right into the enabling role of blaming others for her bad acts.

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Posted at 3:45 PM on February 10, 2011  

Lawyers give advice. Clients do not always take it. It does not mean that Holley is not doing her job. Many doctors tell clients to stop smoking, lose weight, etc. Doesn’t make them bad doctors.

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Posted at 12:26 AM on February 10, 2011  

sch is being paid to do a job, and she’s doing it. certainly she isn’t the only person who has a say in whether or not she keeps lindsay as a client- she is part of a partnership i presume. as long as lindsay can pay, that firm is getting press and exposure that is giving them more benefits. nobody needs to feel bad for sch who is for sure rolling in the dough representing clients such as ms. lohan. that said, i don’t envy her position.

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Posted at 11:41 PM on February 9, 2011  

Send the HO to jail!

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Posted at 11:22 PM on February 9, 2011  

LL Needs to go to JAIL for at least a year. Who does she think she is? Miss High and Mighty? JAIL!! No GOOD BEHAVIOR either!

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Posted at 11:03 PM on February 9, 2011  

SCH should get rid of this bad trick as soon as she can.

I totally believe this story. LL is also likely too broke to continue affording her.

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Posted at 10:49 PM on February 9, 2011  

(With tongue in cheek)SCH should consider herself lucky that she has consistent gainful employment with this particular client. What would really be bad luck is if her other client were Charlie Sheen.

Part of the lawyers job is counseling, the operative word being “counsel” so, no I don’t feel sorry for SCH.

Does anyone find it funny that with this male judge Lindsay wore a white, barely there dress and with the other female judge back in the summer it was a dark conservative outfit. That’s SCH supreme counseling at work.

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Posted at 9:33 PM on February 9, 2011  

Then the lawyer must be getting paid? By keeping to her “ethics”, she is being branded, and that brand may be hard to break …….run for your life!!!!!

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