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Inside the Mind of Hollywood's Top Divorce Lawyer

By RAPHAEL CHESTANG

January 02, 2013

Laura Wasser has an A-list client roster that would make a Hollywood talent agent green with envy, but she's not making celebs money as much as she's helping them keep the assets they already have.

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When Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian, Heidi Klum, Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears and Ryan Reynolds saw their marriages take a turn for the worst they turned to the first name of Los Angeles firm Wasser, Cooperman & Carter -- a divorced mother of two sons, who represented herself in the split from her former husband not long after graduating from Loyola Law School.

Wasser landed Maria Shriver a reported $100 million settlement in the case against Arnold Schwarzenegger and won a reported $425 million settlement for Mel Gibson's ex Robyn Moore.

The desk at her Century City office is free of clutter and empty of anything that could potentially be flung across the room, as tensions tend to run high.

"There is crying and there is screaming and there is yelling," says Wasser, who is a firm believer in pre-nuptial agreements. "And then hopefully there is the epiphany moment where they say, 'You know what? I want to get this done. Let's move on.'"

Wasser has a book coming out soon, which gives advice on dealing with failed marriages. Watch the video for more.

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