Shawn Holley, Lindsay Lohan’s personal miracle worker, has been defending Hollywood heavyweights for years and has been in some way involved in almost every high-profile case that has taken place in California. Here’s what you need to know about her.
1. She’s Lived La Vida Lohan Since 2009
Holley has defended Lindsay Lohan in her countless allegations, including her necklace heist, her failure to appear in court, and her failure to appear in a major motion picture, and other charges.
2. She May No Longer be Lohan’s Personal Savior
Holley appeared in court today on LiLo’s behalf, pleading not guilty and preventing an arrest warrant from being issued for the star, even though she received a letter firing her yesterday. Lohan has hired a new attorney, but is also claiming that she never intended to fire Holley.
3. She Quit That Bitch in the Past
In 2010, Holley quit and ended their business relationship. Unfortunately for her, she was rehired two months later.
4. She Was on OJ Simpson’s Defense Team
She was a “highly visible member” of the team that defended O.J. Simpson in his 1994-95 murder trial, according to her profile at her current position at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP. She worked closely with Johnnie Cochran on many high-profile civil and criminal cases.
5. She’s a Lawyer to the Stars
Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP specializes in entertainment litigation, and thus, Holley has defended her fair share of stars. In addition to LiLo, her famous clients include Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Michelle Rodriquez, the Kardashian sisters, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Axl Rose, Jesse McCartney, Mike Tyson, “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Reggie Bush.
6. She Worked on the Michael Jackson Case
Holley served as the chief legal expert to E! Network and was featured nightly during their coverage of Michael Jackson’s trial.
7. She’s a Star of the Small Screen
In addition to appearing on E!’s internationally broadcasted coverage of the Michael Jackson trial, she also worked as the on-air legal analyst for KABC Eyewitness News in Los Angeles for a number of years. In the past, she has also been seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, PrimeTime Live, Court TV, Fox News and CNN. She also acted as a lawyer on Fox TV’s Power of Attorney and as the judge on MTV’s The Verdict.
8. Her Husband is on the Tonight Show
Shawn is married to Dorian Holley, a well known singer and the current vocalist for the house band on The Tonight Show, aptly named Rickey Minor and The Tonight Show Band.
9. She Started Out as a Public Defender
Holley began her career by paying her dues as a Los Angeles County Public Defender, handling numerous serious criminal cases before moving up to the big times.
10. She Teaches, Too
You would think defending LiLo would be a full time job, but Holley finds time to teach at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Yeshiva University, spreading her knowledge on high-profile cases, women in the legal world and representing celebrity clients.
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