Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt Changes Attorneys in Winery Litigation vs. Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt Thursday substituted his lead attorneys in his ongoing legal dispute with former wife Angelina Jolie regarding her sale of her shares in the former couple’s Chateau Miraval winery, which he maintains required his consent.

Chateau Miraval is the 1,300-acre country estate in Correns, France the former couple bought in 2008 and where they married in 2014.

Pitt’s lead attorneys since the inception of the Los Angeles Superior Court suit in February 2022 were Laura W. Brill and Katelyn A. Kuwata of the firm Kendall, Brill & Kelly. His new lead attorney is John V. Berlinksi of the firm Bird, Marella. Berlinski also will be representing Pitt’s company, Mongo Bongo LLC, in the litigation.

Berlinski’s other clients have included Chuck Norris. The court papers, filed with Judge Lia Martin, do not state why Pitt is changing lawyers at this time.

Pitt, 59, alleges the 48-year-old Jolie wrongfully sold her shares in the winery and estate to Russian billionaire Yuri Shefler, who owns SPI Group, which produces Stolichnaya vodka.

Shefler, his longtime associate, Alexey Oliynik, and the firms Tenute del Mondo B.V. and SPI Group are additional defendants in the suit, as is Nouvel LLC, which Jolie formed as a vehicle for holding shares in Chateau Miraval. Before her alleged sale of Nouvel to the Stoli Group in 2021, Jolie was the sole member of the company and held 100% of its membership interest.

Last Sept. 6, Nouvel LLC countersued Pitt, alleging claims including tortious interference with contractual relations and prospective economic advantage.

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