Laura Wasser

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Laura Allison Wasser (born May 23, 1968, Los Angeles)[1][2] is an American attorney specializing in divorce.[3] Her clients have included Ryan Reynolds,[4] Heidi Klum,[5] Ashton Kutcher,[6] Christina Aguilera,[4] Marta Kauffman,[7] and Johnny Depp,[8] as well as pro bono clients from the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law.[9] Celebrity gossip website TMZ calls her the "disso queen" ("disso" for marriage dissolution).[10][11][12][13][14]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born in Los Angeles. She graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1986 and spent one year abroad in high school attending The American School in Switzerland.[15] She has a B.A. in Rhetoric from University of California, Berkeley,[15] and she earned a law degree from Loyola Law School in 1994.[16][17][2] She has been a member of the California Bar since December 1994.[18]

Career[edit]

Wasser is a divorce attorney in Los Angeles.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25] Wasser has handled a number of high-profile, high-net-worth dissolutions, including those for Angelina Jolie,[26] Heidi Klum,[5] Kim Kardashian,[27] Ryan Reynolds,[4] Christina Aguilera,[28] Hilary Duff,[4] Stevie Wonder,[4] Kelis,[29] Britney Spears, Patricia Arquette,[13] Kate Walsh,[30] Johnny Knoxville,[14] Jimmy Iovine[31] Maria Shriver,[32] and Olivier Martinez in his 2015 divorce from Halle Berry.[33][34][35]

On December 16, 2011, TMZ indicated that Wasser filed divorce paperwork for Vanessa Bryant, wife of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.[36]

In August 2015, actress Megan Fox hired celebrity lawyer Laura Wasser to represent her in her divorce from Brian Austin Green.[37]

With her father, lawyer Dennis Wasser, she served as an on-set legal consultant for the movie, Liar Liar.[4] 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.[citation needed][38]

Honors and awards[edit]

Laura Wasser has been named one of The Hollywood Reporter's 100 Power Lawyers three times.[39][40] She has also been named one of the California Daily Journal's Top 100 Lawyers[41] and Southern California’s Top 50 Women Attorneys every year from 2012 to 2016.[42][43] 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.[15] She was listed as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in 2012 and 2013 by the Los Angeles Magazine Super Lawyers.[citation needed] Wasser received the Brady Center Advocate Award.[44]

Personal life[edit]

Wasser has two sons, Luke and Jack,[45] with two former boyfriends that she did not marry.[46][47][19][48][49] In 1993, she divorced a man she was briefly married to (not the fathers of her children).[20][47] She is not married.[46][47][19][48][49] She resides in Los Angeles.[50]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Laura A. Wasser Lawyer Profile on Martindale.com". martindale.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "USATODAY.com - Divorcing stars pick this group". usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "A List Divorce Lawyer On Splitting Up In The 21st Century 36544.html - divorce - Laws.com". divorce.laws.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dries, Kate. "A Timeline of Celebrity Divorce Queen Laura Wasser's Ride to the Top". jezebel.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Heidi Klum Files for Divorce From Seal". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore -- Divorce Final". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "'Friends' Co-Creator Marta Kauffman Gets Friendly Divorce". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Laura Wasser vs. Samantha Spector: A Look at the Lawyers Facing Off in Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's Divorce". people.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Laura A.Wasser - California-southern Lawyers - Star Trekking with Laura Wasser". superlawyers.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "TMZ Redefines Celebrity Dirt". newyorker.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Wasser to Britney -- You're Someone Else's Problem Now". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Britney's Hot Lawyer is Back!". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Arquette Calls Off Divorce from 'Hung' Actor". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Johnny Knoxville Pulls the Plug on Marriage". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  15. ^ a b c "Catching up with Laura Wasser: The Most-fashionable Family Law Lawyer in the Business". lawcrossing.com. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Laura A. Wasser". wccfamilylaw.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  17. ^ "Laura Wasser '94 - Loyola Law School, Los Angeles". lls.edu. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  18. ^ "State Bar of CA :: Laura Allison Wasser". calbar.ca.gov. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c "Laura Wasser". interviewmagazine.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  20. ^ a b O'Neill, Ann. "'Disso Queen' tends Hollywood's broken hearts - CNN.com". cnn.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "Photos: My Stuff: Marcus Samuelsson's Favorite Cocktail, Bella Freud's Favorite Shoes, and More". vanityfair.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  22. ^ "Divorce Envy". harpersbazaar.com. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "Laura Wasser Blogs: What You Can Learn from a Celebrity Divorce". people.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  24. ^ "The 2012 Power List". elle.com. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  25. ^ "Mel Gibson's wife files for divorce". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  26. ^ "Angelina Jolie Retains Laura Wasser for Divorce: Why You've Heard of Her". people.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  27. ^ "Kim Kardashian's Lawyer: Kris Humphries' Lawyer is a Liar". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  28. ^ "Christina Aguilera Files For Divorce From Jordan Bratman". foxnews.com. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  29. ^ "Kelis: Nas Left Me High and Dry". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  30. ^ "Kate Walsh Hubby -- No Protection Required". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  31. ^ "Music Mogul -- Which Marriage Were You In?". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  32. ^ "Maria Shriver Hires Mega-Divorce Lawyer". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  33. ^ "Clash of the Divorce Lawyer Titans: The Attorneys Behind Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez's Split". people.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  34. ^ "Olivier Martinez Files for Divorce Against Halle ... The Plot Thickens". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  35. ^ "Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez file for divorce". Hellomagazine.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  36. ^ "Kobe Bryant's Wife Files for Divorce -- She's Had Enough of His Cheating". tmz.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  37. ^ "Megan Fox files for divorce from Brian Austin Green". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  38. ^ "Beware Laura Wasser - the queen of Hollywood divorce lawyers". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  39. ^ "Power Lawyers 2011"[dead link]
  40. ^ "- Hollywood Reporter". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. [dead link]
  41. ^ "2012 Top 100 Lawyers"
  42. ^ "Top 50: 2012 Women Southern California Super Lawyers List". superlawyers.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  43. ^ "Top 50: 2013 Women Southern California Super Lawyers List". superlawyers.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  44. ^ "CNN's Piers Morgan Honored at Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence Benefit". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  45. ^ "A Place Called Home - Laura A. Wasser, 2016 Angel of the Children Award". apch.org. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  46. ^ a b "Top Hollywood Divorce Lawyer Says More Big Splits Are Coming Because Stars Didn't Want to Face Awards Season Alone". people.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  47. ^ a b c "Angelina Jolie's famous divorce attorney". cnn.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  48. ^ a b "This Lawyer Is Hollywood's Complete Divorce Solution". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  49. ^ a b "Patt Morrison Asks: Breakup artist Laura Wasser". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  50. ^ "Laura Wasser: Divorce Lawyer to the Stars". damemagazine.com. Dame Magazine. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 

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