Laura Wasser: Learn About Angelina Jolie’s High-Powered Divorce Attorney and Her Roster of A-List Clients

Angelina Jolie hired famed divorce attorney Laura Wasser to help handle her split from Brad Pitt. From Britney Spears to Kim Kardashian, Hollywood’s most notable names have flocked to Wasser, 48, when they’ve decided it’s time to call it quits on their high-profile romances.

In the wake of Jolie’s decision to part ways with Pitt, 52, after two years of marriage and 12 years together, Us Weekly is revisiting the biggest celebrity marriages Wasser has seamlessly dissolved.

Wasser — who is joining forces with Robert Offer, Jolie’s longtime personal attorney, to represent the Maleficent actress, 41, in court — most recently represented Johnny Depp in his divorce from Amber Heard.

Prior to working for the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 53, the It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way author aided an impressive roster of stars including Kardashian, 35, Spears, 34, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Reynolds, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Garner and Heidi Klum, among many others, in their respective divorces. She also helped Jolie with her 2003 split from Billy Bob Thornton.

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Laura Wasser attends the Brady Center's "We Are Better Than This" gala dinner at Beverly Hills Hotel on May 7, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

According to Bloomberg, Wasser — who is known as “the Disso Queen” — charges clients $850 an hour and requires a $25,000 retainer fee and mostly represents individuals who possess a net worth of $10 million or more.

During a 2012 interview with Dame Magazine, the Los Angeles resident — who has been through one divorce herself — opened up about her unrelenting will to deliver the best outcome for whichever A-lister she is going to battle for.

“I know I have a reputation for being a pit bull, but really, I’m results oriented. What you want in a lawyer is someone who really tries to get it resolved out of court, but if it just can’t, then let’s go,” she told the outlet. “Let’s go, and let’s crush.”

Last week — mere days before the demise of Brangelina’s romance was announced — Wasser spoke with Vanity Fair, explaining that it’s important to keep emotions at bay if she plans to kill it in court.

“I try not to put my personal feelings into it. My job is to do what is necessary to create an agreement that will be enforceable if and when they split up in the future and save them some money and aggravation later,” she explained.

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Though she admittedly looks at marriage as somewhat of a business transaction, that doesn’t mean Wasser doesn’t believe in love. "I don't want you to think I'm anti-love, because I'm not. I know plenty of people with wonderful, lifelong marriages,” she told Bloomberg this past March. "One thing I've learned after practicing family law as long as I have: I do not judge.”

As previously reported, Jolie filed for divorce Monday, September 19, citing irreconcilable differences. The UN Special Envoy is requesting sole physical custody of their six children, Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8. The divorce filings indicate that she requested that the World War Z actor only get joint legal custody. She is not asking for spousal support.

Jolie’s rep issued a statement to Us on Tuesday regarding her decision to end her marriage. "Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for dissolution of the marriage,” the statement read. "This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time.”

 

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