Laura Wasser

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Laura Allison Wasser (born May 23, 1968) is an American high profile attorney specializing in celebrity divorce cases.[1] She has been profiled in publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times[2] to Vanity Fair[3] and has represented the likes of Heidi Klum, Ashton Kutcher, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Reynolds,[4] as well as many pro bono clients from the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law.[5]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Los Angeles. She spent one year abroad in high school attending The American School in Switzerland. She attended University of California, Berkeley and earned a law degree from Loyola Law School in 1994.[6]

Awards[edit]

Laura Wasser was named one of Hollywood Reporter's 100 Power Lawyers in 2011 and 2012.[7][8] She was also named one of the California Daily Journal's Top 100 Lawyers in 2013 and Sep. 2012,[9] and one of Southern California’s Top 50 Women Attorneys for 2012[10] and 2013.[11] In June 2008, Wasser received the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law Zephyr M. Ramsey Award. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Century City Chamber of Commerce Women of Achievement.[12] She was listed as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in 2012 and 2013 by the Los Angeles Magazine Super Lawyers. In May 2012, Wasser was also named by the Daily Journal in their list of the Top Women Lawyers.[13] In May 2013, Wasser received the Brady Center Advocate Award.[14]

Celebrity Divorce Cases[edit]

She has handled a number of high-profile, high-net-worth dissolutions, including those for Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian,[15] Ryan Reynolds,[16] Angelina Jolie,[17] Christina Aguilera, Shaquille O'Neal, Ashton Kutcher, Jane Lynch, Charlie Hunnam, Travis Barker of Blink 182, Robin Tunney, Laura Dern, Stevie Wonder,[18] Kiefer Sutherland, Spike Jonze, Nick Lachey, Kelis, Britney Spears, Jimmy Iovine, Peter Getty, Anna Faris, Alexander Payne, Patricia Arquette, Kate Walsh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kenny G, Ashlee Simpson, Mariah Carey,[19] Ann Lopez in her divorce from George Lopez, Robyn Moore in her divorce from husband Mel Gibson, Karen Caufield in her divorce from billionaire Frank Caufield, Slash in his divorce from Perla Farrar, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, Offspring's Dexter Holland, Korn's Jonathan Davis and members of Tool as well as numerous undisclosed sealed celebrity prenuptial agreements and paternity matters. Recent cases include Maria Shriver, Kim Kardashian, and Vanessa Bryant. On May 19, 2011, the Boston Herald reported that Wasser was retained by Maria Shriver after her separation from Arnold Schwarzenegger due to his admitted affair with a former housekeeper, who later gave birth to his child.[20] On October 31, 2011, she filed a divorce petition on behalf of Kim Kardashian, seeking to dissolve Kim's two-month marriage to Kris Humphries.[21] On December 16, 2011, TMZ.com indicated that she filed divorce paperwork for Vanessa Bryant, wife of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.[22]

Media[edit]

In 2012, Laura Wasser was featured in Interview Magazine,[23] Forbes, California Style,[24] and Dame Magazine.[25] She has also been featured in the Huffington Post,[26] CNN,[27] and W Magazine. In 2010, Wasser was featured in Elle,[28] Vogue and Flair magazines.[29] She also served as an on-set legal consultant for the movie, Liar Liar. Her book It Doesn't Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself will be released in 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A-List Divorce Lawyer on Splitting Up in the 21st Century"
  2. ^ "Patt Morrison Asks: Breakup artist Laura Wasser"
  3. ^ "The Go To Gang"
  4. ^ "What Are The Financial And Legal Advantages Of Being First To File For Divorce?"
  5. ^ "Star Trekking with Laura Wasser"
  6. ^ "Attorney and Paralegal Profiles"
  7. ^ "Power Lawyers 2011"
  8. ^ "Power Lawyers 2012"
  9. ^ "2012 Top 100 Lawyers"
  10. ^ "Top 50 Women Southern California Super Lawyers 2012"
  11. ^ "Top 50 Women Southern California Super Lawyers 2013"
  12. ^ "Catching up with Laura Wasser: The Most-Fashionable Family Law Lawyer in the Business"
  13. ^ "Attorney and Paralegal Profiles"
  14. ^ "CNN's Piers Morgan Honored at Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence Benefit: Celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser was also feted at the event attended by Kris Jenner and featuring a performance from Stevie Wonder."
  15. ^ "Kim Kardashian's Lawyer: Kris' Lawyer Is a Liar!"
  16. ^ "Celebrity Legal Eagles"
  17. ^ "Celebrity Legal Eagles"
  18. ^ "Celebrity Legal Eagles"
  19. ^ "Celebrity Legal Eagles"
  20. ^ "Did Arnold Cheat In Marriage Bed?"
  21. ^ "Kim Kardashian's Lawyer:Kris' Lawyer Is a Liar!"
  22. ^ "Kobe Bryant's Wife Files for Divorce"
  23. ^ "Culture: Laura Wasser"
  24. ^ "Laws of Attraction"
  25. ^ “Laura Wasser: Divorce Lawyer to the Stars"
  26. ^ “Laura Wasser: Celebrity Divorce Lawyer On How To Prevent Divorce"
  27. ^ "'Disso Queen' tends Hollywood's broken hearts"
  28. ^ "The 2012 Women in Hollywood Power List"
  29. ^ "Mel Gibson's Wife, Robyn Moore, Files for Divorce"

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