On this podcast episode, Maxwell Goss interviews celebrity divorce lawyer Christopher Melcher. Chris has been quoted and featured in media outlets including ABC News, CNN, Fox News, USA Today, and Entertainment Tonight. Chris gives his take on the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial and the custody battles between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. He also provides insights for all lawyers on how to handle cases involving explosive personal allegations.
“Gone are the days of being quiet . . . Social media is dominant.
Anyone can create a social media post, and if it’s about something interesting enough, it can just take off. I don’t think we have the luxury of waiting and saying, ‘let’s think about this for three weeks.'”
00:18 – Introduction
01:12 – About Christopher Melcher
02:55 – How Chris got into celebrity divorce law
05:08 – Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard
13:58 – The "Me Too" movement and the Depp/Heard trial
18:39 – Likeability and credibility
24:15 – The verdict and its implications
26:11 – The Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie saga
33:40 – Advice to attorneys handling bad facts
36:36 – The pros and cons of going public
39:08 – Where to find Chris Melcher online
Christopher Melcher represents A-list celebrities, business owners, and trust beneficiaries in high-stakes divorces. With deep experience in complex family law litigation and premarital agreements, Chris provides tactical representation in the most challenging family law disputes. Chris has presented about 200 continuing legal education programs on complex family law issues, and wrote the only treatise on California premarital agreement law. Chris is also an adjunct professor of family law at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu.
The Litigation War Room is hosted by litigation lawyer Maxwell Goss. Max represents clients in intellectual property and business cases throughout Michigan and around the country, bringing forceful advocacy and creative solutions to every case he handles.