Jessica and Nick Hire High-Profile Lawyers
December 7, 2005

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey's breakup battle has escalated, and with no pre-nup and million of dollars at stake, it seems the former "Newlyweds" are headed toward a divorce smackdown.

Lawyer Harvey Levin, who is the managing editor of, revealed that both Nick and Jessica have hired powerful lawyers.

In Nick's corner is super-celebrity attorney Laura Wasser, who represented Angelina Jolie in her breakup with Billy Bob Thornton.

Jessica has hired two power-house legal eagles: Lance Spiegel and Robert Kaufman. Kaufman represented Jennifer Aniston in her split with Brad Pitt.

Levin told us the person who could turn Nick and Jessica's bust up into a battle is Jessica's father, Joe Simpson. "I think this could get really ugly," Levin said. "I'm told that Joe Simpson is really controlling her. They are secretly saying that they don't have nearly as much money as people think and that Nick is not going to get his mitts on all of the money people are talking about."

"Extra's" Carlos Diaz spoke to Jessica's sister, Ashlee, who wasn't so sure if reconciliation was still a possibility. "It's a tough time," she said. "That's not something I can answer. I love her, and I'm here to support her no matter what. You know she's doing as good as can be expected."

With divorce papers expected to be filed any day now, a reconciliation sounds like it's out of the question.

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