Queen of divorce: Angelina Jolie hires expert in separating Hollywood royalty
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With clients including Kim Kardashian and Johnny Depp, disso queen Laura Wasser knows how to protect the psyches, secrets and lucks of celebrities
Laura Wassers office, perched high over Los Angeles, has a gold hand grenade for a coffee-table centerpiece. Clients sit in one of two green leather chairs facing her desk, a box of tissues nearby. On the wall hangs a framed canvas publish with two terms: The End.
Apposite, because clients come here to end their matrimonies, but for Wasser each request is truly a beginning, a springboard into a process in which she must protect the psyches, secrets, reputations and lucks of famous person in the lottery known as divorce while the media turn the whole thing into a carnival.
Wasser, 47, a partner at the law firm Wasser, Cooperman& Mandles, has proved so skilled at video games that she is known as Hollywoods disso queen, for dissolving of wedding. Her clients are a roll-call of amusement royalty: Johnny Depp, Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher, Heidi Klum, Stevie Wonder.
Those divorce cases were celebrity squalls compared with the cyclone in whose eye Wasser now receives herself, as the official splitter of Brangelina, representing Angelina Jolie in her divorce from Brad Pitt. An ostensibly private affair that is already playing out in a vortex of Google-powered rumor, every detail, real or imagined, devoured in a blink.
For high-profile suits, Laura tries to keep clients out of the media spotlight. Which I agree is the better style to go, especially when there are children involved, said Stacy Phillips, another high-profile divorce lawyer who works in the same office tower as Wasser in Century City, bordering Beverly Hills.