updated 07/03/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/05/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
In Cruise’s corner: Los Angeles divorce attorney Dennis Wasser, who previously represented Cruise in his 2001 divorce from Nicole Kidman, and veteran entertainment litigator Bert Fields, who has also represented Cruise for years.
Wasser, whose daughter Laura is a top Hollywood divorce attorney herself, has been involved in a number of high-profile showbiz divorces, with Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood and Jane Fonda among his former clients.
“Dennis is a gentleman and exceptionally bright,” says L.A. family law attorney Robert Brandt. “His ultimate goal is to settle cases, but he won’t do it out of weakness. He’s not intimated by anyone.”