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Meet the Lawyer Whom Lindsay Lohan Told, "I Love You"

Actress Lindsay Lohan, left, appears in court during her arraignment on a felony grand theft charge with her lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley at the LAX Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Mario Anzuoni, Pool)
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When Judge Stephanie Sautner officially announced that Lindsay Lohan was done with probation, the person the starlet first turned to, hugged and thanked profusely was none other than her attorney Shawn Holley.

Holley has helped Lohan through thick and thin (well, except around the time Lohan showed up in court dropping an f-bomb in her manicure). During that time, Los Angeles Times columnist Sandy Banks notes in a profile of Holley that she has become a sort of mother figure:


"I do feel like her protector," Holley said. "And I really consider it an honor to protect her. "In a sense, it is maternal. I feel that way about many of my clients. Being charged in a criminal case is probably one of the most stressful things in a person's life.... And I think they do rely on me for more than legal advice and guidance."

She's learned the hard way that they don't always accept that guidance. It was frustrating, she admitted, to watch Lohan repeatedly veer off track.

"It took a long time for us to have a relationship of mutual trust and respect," she said. Holley stepped down as Lohan's lawyer once, but she won't say what was behind that.


Banks confirms that Lohan whispered, "I love you" into Holley's ear when she learned that she was done with probation. Hopefully, Lohan can find a maternal figure (that she seems to lacking) to help her if she's going to try to
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stage a comeback. This girl has been through a lot and it shows.