Lindsay Lohan is in big trouble and it’s not just for being an all around train wreck. TMZ is reporting that Lohan, who was scheduled to appear in court this morning for allegedly lying to police while on probation, has fired her reputable attorney Shawn Holley and hired NY based attorney Mark Heller. Does that name ring a bell? For those of us who have been keen watchers of the Jon and Kate Gosselin saga, that name certainly is familiar. At the height of Jon Gosselin’s year of madness, Jon hired Heller to represent him in the “court of public opinion”. It’s pretty unclear if Heller ever represented Jon in any actual court, as he was not licensed to practice law in either PA or Maryland, the states where Jon was experiencing his legal problems. And according to TMZ, Heller doesn’t have a license to practice in California either.
Here is a word of advice to Lindsay Lohan. Be Ye Not Jon Gosselin. Heller was Jon Gosselin’s attorney in his divorce. Kate Gosselin lives in a nice big house with the kids. Jon ended up on his brother’s couch at one point. Heller represented Jon Gosselin in his lawsuit with TLC and Jon Gosselin ended up on his brother’s couch. Need I say more? Another word of advice to Lindsay is, before you hire a lawyer, please Google him or her. If you see that your lawyer was described as a “menace to the public” by a disciplinary panel, please don’t hire him. If you still have doubts Lindsay, please just think of Jon Gosselin on his brother’s couch.
Attorney Shawn Holley went before the Judge this morning and entered a Not Guilty plea on Lohan’s behalf and said that she was the attorney of record for the time being. The judge in the case has ordered Lohan to appear in person January 30th. It’s not clear if Lindsey will be able to avoid jail time, but TMZ has also reported that there was a deal in the works for her to go to rehab instead of jail before she fired her attorney. The only thing that is crystal clear is that Lindsay needs help, and I don’t think she is going to find that help with Mark Heller, but I’m just sayin’.