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Laura Wasser, 47, is better known as the ‘Disso Queen’ for dealing with high profile celebrity divorces like Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Stevie Wonders and all three Kardashians – Kim, Kourtney and Khole. Her lucrative career and demand of her services is only growing. Laura charges $850 an hour, requires a $25,000 retainer and rarely handle cases costing less than $10 million. She is one of the top lawyers in family law (one of the lucrative areas of law) that includes a specialized field of custody battles and paternity testing.
She unveiled some of her celebrity secrets to Bloomberg Businessweek. She said that she will be handling many divorce cases for clients this month as Oscars are now over.
Life and career of Laura Wasser
Laura was born in Los Angeles to Dennis Wasser and is the partner of Los Angeles law firm Wasser, Cooperman & Mandles. Wasser never intended to become a lawyer but after studying the art of technique of persuasion at University of Berkeley in 1990’s she decided to step into legal field.
After graduating in law in 1994 from Loyola Law School, Wasser began clerking for her father’s law firm. Having proven herself, she build a solid reputation and started handling celebrity divorces. Wasser has learned how to split media’s attention from her high profile clientele. ‘I’ll tell my clients, ‘I have someone else, I can’t say who, but you should really wait and file at the same time”.
Wasser’s work strategy
Wasser discussed how she helps her clientele handle divorce privately. She said Friday afternoon is a good time to file a divorce but now it’s before a holiday weekend to keep things secret. As for location she files only in branch offices when she can. She also handles several cases together to divide media attention.
After all success and fame, it’s her clients that got her all attention. So here’s a timeline of celebrity divorces she handled. Take a look.
- October 2001, Angela McAfee herpes lawsuit against Stevie Wonder
- May 2003, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thorton
- March 2005, Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen
- November 2006, Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
- January 2009, Naveen Andrews and Elena Eustache
- November 2011, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
- December 2012, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
- Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie
- June 2015, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
- August 2015, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
Wasser has seen a lot both good and bad during her career.Despite the huge number of divorce case she solves, she has a positive attitude towards marriage. She herself was married briefly but that does not mean that she is down on marriage.