Divorce Lawyer To Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian Uncovers Secrets In New Interview

Divorce Lawyer To Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian Uncovers Secrets In New Interview
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Going through a divorce is both financially and emotionally taxing not only to ordinary couples, but even to celebrities. For a Laura Wasser, one of today’s top divorce lawyers to the rich and famous in the Hollywood, even celebs find this whole process rather toxic in so many ways.


Wasser, an alumna of Loyola Law School, started her career in the law as a disability lawyer. After her brief stint in that field, she decided to join a law firm, Wasser, Cooperman & Mandles, with his father as one of the founders.

At the age of 26, Wasser, became one of the youngest members of the firm. As noted by the Vanity Fair, for years being a divorce lawyer, Wasser decided to consider this lucrative area in the practice of law, a decision, which, according to her she didn’t regret doing.

Famous Clients

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Before representing rich and famous Hollywood celebrities, Wasser has had several low-profile clients. But today, her name is mostly associated with the high-profile cases she has presented or at least counseled. Among the famous Hollywood celebrities that she has worked for include Britney Spears, the Kardashian sisters, Stevie Wonder, Angelina Jolie, and Gwen Stefani, just to name a few.

Probably one of the most controversial, high-profile cases that Wasser has handled was Spears’ divorce with Kevin Federline, which she handled from the negotiation of the prenup to the divorce proceedings. During the whole process, paparazzi were all over the place, providing 24/7 updates of the case, which became one of the challenges that Laura’s team had to handle.

How expensive it is?

In a nutshell, getting a divorce is already financially stressful. However, if one’s going to factor in how expensive a divorce lawyer is, this process can cost a fortune. In general, an article from the Bloomberg showed that Wasser charges $850 per hour, that’s exclusive of the $25,000 retainer fee that she usually charges. The report added that she doesn’t usually represent clients with worth below $10 million.

The Bloomberg considers Wasser as one of the top lawyers in the $11-billion divorce industry. Without a doubt, it is also one of the most lucrative areas of law, the report added. Wasser is known in the industry as a tough lady and a no-nonsense divorce lawyer who does her homework whenever she’s meeting or representing a client. No doubt, she’s also most often referred to as Disso Queen.

How the process goes?

Handling high-profile clients means getting a lot of press attention. That’s why Wasser usually devises strategies to at least minimize media exposure of the clients and cases that she’s handling.

One of the strategies that she usually does is to file the case on a Friday afternoon or a Friday before a Holiday weekend, when the press are not that active. Another strategy that she finds effective is hiring private judges to adjudicate or decide on their case right inside of her office. This way, leaking the details of the proceedings is minimized. Filing the case in a branch office is another ingenious way she usually do to minimize press attention.