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Lawyer under fire

Posted by: Laurence Simons 26/03/13

In some of the month's most unexpected news, the lawyer of celebrity car-crash and occasional actress, Lindsay Lohan, has been accused of not being the legal paragon nonpareil one would expect from such a pillar of American society.

Mark Heller, a New York-based attorney, is known as one of the city's most colourful legal characters and has been no stranger to controversy over the course of his long and storied career.

In 1993 he was charged with a selection of hilariously-named charges, including deceit, puffery, abusive treatment of clients, fee gouging, neglect and wilful failure to return unearned retainers to his clients, reports the New York Times - however, he has since been reinstated to the bar and seen little decline in his popularity among celebrities (and Lindsay Lohan).

Ms Lohan - a former child star who has since taken on the role of providing lead stories for the kind of magazines you pick up at the checkout in Walmart - is currently involved in (appropriately enough) a car-crash case, facing charges of reckless driving and lying to the police.

Naturally, she wanted to add to her air of gravitas by hiring one of the most reliable, highly-rated litigators in the business.

So she turned to Mr Heller for support (he has a full-page ad in America's version of the Yellow Pages, the NY Times points out) - however, it turns out he could be dealing with problems himself, following suggestions he tried to convince the actress' former assistant, Gavin Doyle, to lie under oath.

Apparently, he asked Mr Doyle to tell police it had been him behind the wheel when the incident occurred. Mr Heller dismissed the claims against him as "crazy" (possibly while crossing his fingers behind his back).

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