Divorce attorney to the stars Laura Wasser is officially off Angelina Jolie’s payroll. I guess the dust has settled enough at this point where Angie felt she could catch a breath (the thready rasp of an injured bird) long enough to announce what everybody already knew. People confirms that Laura is no longer representing Angie and that San Francisco-based lawyer Samantha Bley Dejean, whom she brought in a month ago, will continue on as lead counsel. For the sake of the children, of course.
According to People:
“Angelina has decided to change counsel to Samantha Bley Dejean, as Samantha’s expertise is the protection and best interest of children,” Mindy Nyby, a spokesperson for the 43-year-old mother of six, tells PEOPLE. “Angelina appreciates Laura’s cooperation in transitioning the case over the past several weeks.”
Laura’s had one foot out the door for months, so I guess this is Angie’s way of telling her to not let it hit her on the way out. TMZ previously reported that Laura wanted out because things were getting “too venomous” and that she is known for promoting co-parenting settlements instead of scorched earth settlements. The Blast adds that Angie had to get a new lawyer from San Francisco, because no major lawyer in L.A. would take the case since they see it as a losing battle. They all think Brad is going to get 50/50 custody and they don’t want a loser on their record.
Angie claims that she “remains focused on healing her family” and that “she continues to support the reconciliation of the children with Brad” which is a good thing since that’s what they agreed to in an interim custody agreement. Of course, using the term “reconciliation” is pretty loaded and makes it sound as if the children all hate their dad, when the fact is, they probably hate both their parents right now. If they had their druthers, they’d probably get together and petition to be put up for adoption. Though Maddox has already peaced out, the remaining 5s Craigslist ad might look something like this:
5 Children Seek Stable Home. Preferred candidates are fugly, boring, elderly types with lame (but lucrative) jobs who will just let us eat Fruity Pebbles, watch Fast And The Furious movies, and finish our our adolescence in peace. Divas and Drunks need not apply.