Katie Holmes has high-profile team in Tom Cruise divorce
Katie Holmes has assembled a team of high-profile lawyers to handle her divorce from Tom Cruise, while the movie star, who is on a film set in Iceland, is still searching for an attorney.
“We’re thinking about who to use,” said Bert Fields, Cruise’s long-time legal representative in litigation matters. He added, “We have to discuss strategy.”
Holmes filed for divorce Thursday in Manhattan, Fields confirmed. She retained two firms that specialize in wealthy break-ups. New York lawyer Allan E. Mayefsky has been involved in a number of acrimonious and headline-grabbing splits, including the divorces of Christie Brinkley, Joan Lunden and a Wall Street financier who was ordered to pay his wife $43 million.
“We are representing Katie, but that is all I can tell you,” Mayefsky said.
In addition, the “Dawson’s Creek” actress has hired a New Jersey divorce lawyer, Jonathan Wolfe, whose website boasts of his prowess in “complex matrimonial matters” involving leaders from business, entertainment and sports. He has written extensively about prenuptial agreements and ways to recover hidden assets in divorce proceedings.
In a statement Wolfe called the divorce “a personal and private matter.”
“Katie's primary concern remains, as it has always been, her daughter's best interest,” the lawyer said, referring to the couple’s daughter, Suri, 6.
Cruise and Holmes married in a lavish ceremony at an Italian castle in 2006. The “Mission Impossible” star had been married previously to actresses Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman; he adopted two children with Kidman.
In spite of the legal forces being marshaled by Holmes, Field said he wanted the matter to be resolved amicably.
“I would hope that it’s not a contentious matter. I know Tom is not a particularly contentious person,” Fields said.
Holmes' request for a divorce appeared to catch Cruise off guard. Fields said the actor’s representatives were informed “by mail and fax” of the initiation of divorce proceedings. Cruise’s publicist, Amanda Lundberg, said, “Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy to work this out.”
-- Harriet Ryan