When it was confirmed that Angelina Jolie had hired lawyer Laura Wasser to represent her divorce proceedings against Brad Pitt, we can only imagine that a good portion of Hollywood's elite nodded in acknowledgement. Why? Well, 48-year-old Laura Wasser isn't just your average lawyer. Laura Wasser is basically the 'Queen of Hollywood Divorce', the go-to girl for the dissolution of celebrity marriages. She's brilliant, she's formidable, she's known as the 'Disso Queen', and well, she's kind of awesome.
So what is it about Laura Wasser that makes her Hollywood's best divorce lawyer? Here's everything you need to know...
1. She has a pretty impressive client base
Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey, Ryan Reynolds, Ashton Kutcher; these are just a few of the celebrity clients Laura Wasser has represented in their (often highly publicised) marriage dissolutions. Most recently she was hired by Johnny Depp to negotiate his acrimonious divorce from Amber Heard, which was settled for a cool $7million. Yeah, she's good.
2. She's real about what she does
Sure she's represented some of the richest people people in the world, but when it comes down to it, Laura keeps things pretty real about couples staying in unhappy relationships.
'I'm not a divorce monger by any means, but if you're not happy in a relationship, and you've grown apart, it's not healthy for a couple to stay together. It's better for kids to see two happy parents than two miserable parents.'
3. She's divorced herself
So yeah, Laura understands what divorce is, from a personal perspective.
'Everybody should get married - once. I was 25.'
4. She believes that divorce is the very last resort, especially when children are involved
If there is a chance the relationship can be resolved, according to Laura, you have to take it.
'Couples counseling gets many couples back together. But not all, and not always. For your own sake and that of your children, however, I recommend it - I almost insist on it - as the first step for anyone unhappy in a relationship.'
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5. She isn't afraid to represent the 'non-celebrity' wife
Imagine going up against someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger in divorce proceedings? Well, that's exactly what Laura Wasser did when she represented Arnie's wife Maria Shriver. She also acted for Mel Gibson's wife Robyn Moore during their divorce. Boom.
6. She's pragmatic
Laura Wasser understands the sensitive parts of her job, especially as she's often representing some outlandishly high profile people. She's often spoken about how she deals with the coverage, and how she wants the very best for her clients. More importantly, she encourages couples to finalise details of their settlements privately before filing court papers, so as to avoid the inevitable press shizz-slinging that follows a celebrity divorce.
7. She was there for Britney
Britney Spears' very public meltdown in 2007 shocked the world, however despite the media storm Laura Wasser helped Britney win joint custody of her two children - something we feel brought our Britney back from the brink of self-destruction. And that's pretty cool.
8. And finally, she's worth every penny
So, how much does this kind of divorce representation cost? Laura usually charges a retainer of $25,000 (£17,000) plus $850 (£570) an hour. Yep, that's right. Proof that if you want the best, you'd better be able to pay for the best.
Bravo Laura Wasser. You are literally #CareerGoals personified.