Laura Wasser

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Laura Allison Wasser (born May 23, 1968) is an American attorney specializing in divorce.[1] Her clients have included Ryan Reynolds, Heidi Klum, Ashton Kutcher, Christina Aguilera, Marta Kauffman, and Johnny Depp. [2] as well as many pro bono clients from the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law.[3]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Los Angeles. She graduated from Beverly Hills High School and 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.[4] She has two young sons and resides in Malibu, CA.


Laura Wasser has been named one of The Hollywood Reporter's 100 Power Lawyers three times.[5][6] She has also been named one of the California Daily Journal's Top 100 Lawyers [7] and Southern California’s Top 50 Women Attorneys every year for the last five years (2012-2016),.[8][9] 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.[10] She was listed as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in 2012 and 2013 by the Los Angeles Magazine Super Lawyers. Wasser received the Brady Center Advocate Award.[11]

Celebrity Divorce Cases[edit]

Ms. Wasser has handled a number of high-profile, high-net-worth dissolutions, including those for Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian,[12] Ryan Reynolds,[13] Angelina Jolie,[14] Christina Aguilera, Shaquille O'Neal, Ashton Kutcher, Jane Lynch, John Logan, Charlie Hunnam, Hilary Duff, Travis Barker of Blink 182, Robin Tunney, Anthony LaPaglia, Laura Dern, Stevie Wonder,[15] Kiefer Sutherland, Spike Jonze, Nick Lachey, Kelis, Britney Spears, Jimmy Iovine, Brian Grazer, Peter Getty, Chris Albrecht, Anna Faris, Alexander Payne, James Mangold, Patricia Arquette, Jill Soloway, Kate Walsh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kenny G, Ashlee Simpson, Mariah Carey,[16] 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, Jillian Dempsey in her divorce from Patrick Dempsey, Wiz Khalifa, Sherry Sterling, Melanie Griffith, Gavin Rossdale in his 2015 divorce from Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, Red Hot Chili Peppers' lead guitarist, John Frusciante, 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, Khloe Kardashian, Kris Jenner, 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.[17] 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.[18] On December 16, 2011, indicated that Wasser filed divorce paperwork for Vanessa Bryant, wife of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.[19] In August 2015, Megan Fox has hired celebrity lawyer Laura Wasser to represent her in her divorce from Brian Austin Green and she cites 'irreconcilable differences' as the reason for the petition.[20]


In 2012 and 2013, Laura Wasser was featured in Interview Magazine,[21] Forbes, California Style,[22] and Dame Magazine.[23] She has also been featured in the Huffington Post,[24] CNN,[25] Vanity Fair,[26] Bazaar,[27] Glamour, People [28] DuJour and W Magazine. In 2010, Wasser was featured in Elle,[29] Vogue and Flair magazines.[30] She has been profiled in numerous publications including The New York Times, Nloomber, and LA Business Week in March 2016. She also served as an on-set legal consultant for the movie, Liar Liar and has consulted and worked with writers on numerous and cable television shows. Her book It Doesn't Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself was published in 2013 and was reprinted one year later. In conjunction with the launch of her book, Wasser appeared on The Today Show, The View, The Talk, Katie and various national news and radio stations. Internationally, Ms Wasser has been featured in German Vogue Business, Le Figaro, Madame, Cover Magazine, Italian Flair, El Mundo, New Idea Magazine and The Telegraph.

Programs & Speaking Engagements[edit]

Ms. Wasser participates in many continuing education programs as a lecturer and panelist. She has been a guest lecturer at Loyola Law School, Southwestern Law School, UCLA, and UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.


  1. ^ "A-List Divorce Lawyer on Splitting Up in the 21st Century"
  2. ^ "What Are The Financial And Legal Advantages Of Being First To File For Divorce?"
  3. ^ "Star Trekking with Laura Wasser"
  4. ^ "Attorney and Paralegal Profiles"
  5. ^ "Power Lawyers 2011"
  6. ^ "Power Lawyers 2012"
  7. ^ "2012 Top 100 Lawyers"
  8. ^ "Top 50 Women Southern California Super Lawyers 2012"
  9. ^ "Top 50 Women Southern California Super Lawyers 2013"
  10. ^ "Catching up with Laura Wasser: The Most-Fashionable Family Law Lawyer in the Business"
  11. ^ "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."
  12. ^ "Kim Kardashian's Lawyer: Kris' Lawyer Is a Liar!"
  13. ^ "Celebrity Legal Eagles"
  14. ^ "Celebrity Legal Eagles"
  15. ^ "Celebrity Legal Eagles"
  16. ^ "Celebrity Legal Eagles"
  17. ^ "Did Arnold Cheat In Marriage Bed?"
  18. ^ "Kim Kardashian's Lawyer:Kris' Lawyer Is a Liar!"
  19. ^ "Kobe Bryant's Wife Files for Divorce"
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ "Culture: Laura Wasser"
  22. ^ "Laws of Attraction"
  23. ^ “Laura Wasser: Divorce Lawyer to the Stars"
  24. ^ “Laura Wasser: Celebrity Divorce Lawyer On How To Prevent Divorce"
  25. ^ "'Disso Queen' tends Hollywood's broken hearts"
  26. ^ [2]
  27. ^ [3]
  28. ^ [4]
  29. ^ "The 2012 Women in Hollywood Power List"
  30. ^ "Mel Gibson's Wife, Robyn Moore, Files for Divorce"

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