The divorce lawyer who’s represented Johnny Depp, Kim K, and Angelina Jolie charges $1,000 an hour and says tough love is how she gets things done

Laura Wasser.
Laura Wasser is a divorce lawyer whose clients have included Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.
Wasser said being a woman in a male-dominated field helped her get clients and gain their trust.
She’s rumored to be the inspiration for Laura Dern’s character in “Marriage Story.”

Ask one of the most high-profile celebrity-divorce attorneys in Los Angeles about her career choice, and she will shrug and say it’s a role she was born to fill.

“I’m Laura Allison Wasser, so my initials are LAW, and both my parents are attorneys,” she told Insider. “But when they asked, ‘Are you going to be a lawyer?’ I said, ‘Never.’ But I went to clerk for my daddy for the summer because I needed the money, and frankly, I fell in love with it.”

Since that fateful stint after college, Wasser, now 54, has been tapped by a who’s who of A-list celebrities to handle their uncouplings via her Century City firm, Wasser, Cooperman & Mandles.

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