Warren Dern, Jason Sloane, Michael Bay, Robert Offer and David Weber
Some Hollywood law firms foster a cutthroat environment. But the four name partners at Sloane Offer Weber & Dern have succeeded by sharing their A-list clients — Angelina Jolie, Mark Wahlberg, The Hangover director Todd Phillips, to name just a few. Take Michael Bay, for example. the mega-grossing Transformers filmmaker has expanded from directing blockbusters into producing (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the upcoming Almanac) and now into television with TNT’s The Last Ship. “He has an uncanny sense of his value and welcomes input from all of us,” says Offer, who has known Bay since they were schoolmates at Santa Monica’s Crossroads.
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Alan Wertheimer, Jim Jackoway and J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams, Jim Jackoway and Alan Wertheimer were photographed on April 16 at the Bad Robot office in Santa Monica. The Star Trek Into Darkness filmmaker is so busy, he requires two top dealmakers. Jackoway, who also reps David Letterman, handles television (next season, Abrams’ Bad Robot will boast a whopping four broadcast series on the air).
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J.J. Abrams, Jim Jackoway and Alan Wertheimer
Wertheimer takes the lead for film, including the top-secret negotiations that led to Abrams directing the next Star Wars film. “J.J.’s enthusiasm and seemingly infinite capacity to multitask are inspiring,” says Jackoway. Adds Wertheimer, “his creative genius is only exceeded by his modesty and generosity to others.”
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Allen Grubman and Les Moonves
“I’ve represented many stars in my life. What makes Les unique is, he’s a star in the business arena,” says Grubman, who, in addition to handling the CBS chief’s employment deals, counts music powers Lady Gaga, Sting, U2 and Madonna as clients. He also is a bit of a man about town in New York. “Last night, I met Prince Harry,” he volunteers. “I asked if he was interested in becoming a rock star because I think he could. He asked if I had a card.”
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Patricia Glaser and Keith Olbermann
Patricia Glaser and Keith Olbermann were photographed on April 13 in Manhattan. Glaser, the West Virginia-bred legal pit bull of choice for such clients as WME and Conan O’Brien, is a hard-core Republican. So she might seem an odd fit to represent famously liberal commentator Olbermann in his $50 million lawsuit over his exit from Al Gore’s Current TV, which was dismissed May 16 after a confidential settlement. But politics never gets in the way of their relationship. “He is so far to the left of me, he’s falling off the world,” jokes Glaser. “But we get along great. We talk about the Yankees.”
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The gold-stamped initials on her butter-soft black leather Clare Vivier bag say it all: “LAW.” Explains chic, high-power divorce attorney Laura Wasser, “I was supposed to be a Rebecca,” but because “my dad passed the bar the night I was conceived,” she became Laura, middle name Allison. Wasser — a partner in father Dennis’ Century City firm Wasser Cooperman & Carter and the woman behind the uncouplings of Angelina Jolie, Maria Shriver and Heidi Klum, to name a few — has a polished, California-cool style that rivals those sported by her clotheshorse clients. In the fall, she’ll publish her first book, from St. Martin’s Press, It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself.
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