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Who is Kim Kardashian's lawyer Laura Wasser? Meet the celebrity divorce attorney who inspired a film character

The high-profile lawyer has represented countless A-listers

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Eve Crosbie
Eve CrosbieTV & Film Writer
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Following reports of her separation from rapper Kanye West, Kim Kardashian has reportedly turned to high-profile divorce lawyer Laura Wasser to begin settlement talks.

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According to Page Six, after nearly six years of marriage, divorce is imminent for the A-list couple as Kim, 40, hasn’t been seen wearing her wedding ring, and Kanye, 43, remained at his $14 million Wyoming ranch over the holidays instead of spending it with the Kardashian family.

While the couple who share four children together have yet to confirm or deny plans for divorce, many will be wondering just who is divorce lawyer to the stars Laura Wesser? Keep reading to find out..

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Who is Laura Wasser?

Laura Allison Wasser (yes her initials actually spell LAW) has made a name for herself as the 'Disso Queen' of Hollywood due the many A-listers marriages she's successfully dissolved. 

The 52-year-old California native has been a member of the California Bar since 1994 after graduating from Loyola Law School the same year. She is now managing partner at the Family Law firm Wasser Cooperman & Mandles.

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Laura Wasser has reportedly been hired by Kim Kardashian to navigate her divorce settlement

Alongside her busy schedule, the high profile lawyer also hosts the podcasts All's Fair With Laura Wasser and Divorce Sucks! With Laura Wasser. She also penned a book on the subject titled It Doesn't Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family Or Bankrupting Yourself.

Did Laura Wasser inspire a film character?

Wasser's reputation as Hollywood's number one divorce lawyer appears to have even influenced a recent film character as she is said to be the inspiration behind Laura Dern's character in the 2019 film Marriage Story.

Dern won an Oscar for her performance as chic divorce lawyer Nora Fanshaw in the acclaimed film about the unravelling of a marriage between a theatre director played by Adam Driver and actress played by Scarlett Johansson. 

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Laura Dern (left) played a chic but ruthless divorce lawyer in Marriage Story

Wasser represented director Noah Baumbach in his 2013 divorce from actress Jennifer Jason Leigh - which he has revealed he inspired the film - as well as Dern in her 2013 divorce from ex Ben Harper. 

Speaking about the film and whether the character was directly inspired by her, Wasser told Vulture: "Maybe. I mean … maybe. I don't know. It's very hard to see oneself that way, but because of the amount of people that have called and texted me about it, I can't completely ignore that that may be the case."

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The film also used Wasser's own offices in California's Century City building to shoot scenes. Wasser explained: "Noah asked me whether he could shoot some of the scenes in our office. The larger conference room […] and the super-small one, are both actually in our firm."

Along with her father Dennis Wasser who is also a lawyer, Wasser served as an on-set legal consultant for the movie Liar Liar and appeared in the 2014 documentary Divorce Corp.

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Kim and Kanye have yet to confirm or deny plans for divorce

Who else has Laura Wasser represented?

Wasser has handled a number of high-profile Hollywood divorces over the years. Her clients have reportedly included Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Britney Spears, Heidi Klum, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Reynolds, Hilary Duff, Miley Cyrus, Stevie Wonder and Kelly Clarkson.

She also represented Kim Kardashian in her divorce from second husband Kris Humphries, who she was married to from 2011 but separated the same year, with the marriage finally ending in 2013.

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