After Johnny Depp beat Amber Heard in his multi-million dollar trial last week, it was clear that the actor’s victory was far more than just him. During the six-week trial in Virginia, Johnny Depp Lawyer Camille Vasquez was thrust into the limelight for her razor-sharp cross-examinations and closing statements.
After fewer than four years at Brown Rudnick, Vasquez has become a partner in the firm.
“We are delighted to welcome Camille to the partnership,” Brown Rudnick chair and CEO William Baldiga said today. This is a win for the national firm as well as for Orange County litigator Vasquez. “Historically, we have reserved this announcement for the end of our fiscal year. But Camille’s performance during the Johnny Depp trial proved to the world that she was ready to take this next step now. We are incredibly proud of her and look forward to what she will accomplish as our newest partner.”
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There was much joy to be had, as is common at such gatherings.
“I am delighted that Brown Rudnick has given me its full vote of confidence by having me join the partnership,” the much in demand Vasquez herself said. “I’m proud of the uniquely talented team I’ve had the privilege to lead, which exemplified teamwork and collaboration, and I look forward to continuing to represent Brown Rudnick’s culture of excellence,” the 37-year-old 2010 Southwestern Law School graduate added.
Vasquez’s status at Brown Rudnick has gone up because a number of high-profile firms and agencies have expressed interest in either poaching or working with the lawyer who was made for TV.
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Heard’s defense team faced a formidable adversary in Lawyer Camille Vasquez, who was frequently seen laughing and hugging Johnny Depp during the trial that began on April 11. Despite appearing to cross the line in terms of denigrating or even mocking the Aquaman actress’ allegation of domestic and sexual abuse at the hands of Depp, Vasquez’s later poise and precision were potent both in the courtroom and outside it.
A big hit with the self-described “Deppford Wives” fanbase, Lawyer Camille Vasquez told the assembled supporter and media on June 1 that “today’s verdict confirms what we have said from the beginning, that the claims against Johnny Depp are defamatory and unsupported by any evidence. She further said outside the Fairfax County Courthouse that “we are grateful, so grateful to the jury for their careful deliberation, to the judge and the court staff who have devoted an enormous amount of time and resources towards this case.”
Heard’s lawyer announced the next day that the actress, who described herself as “heartbroken,” intends to appeal the decision. It was a seven-person Virginia jury that awarded Johnny Depp $10 million in damages after finding him guilty of all of his defamation claims and awarding him damages. One of Heard’s counterclaims was successful, and she was granted $2 million.
In March 2019, Depp sued his ex-wife and Rum Diary co-star for $50 million because of an opinion piece she wrote for the Washington Post in late 2018 about becoming “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” Though Depp’s name never appeared in the Jeff Bezos-owned newspaper’s mostly ACLU-crafted article, the litigious star claimed it “devastated” his already dwindling career. Depp also alleged that he was the one who was abused in the relationship in court filings and testimony.
He tried unsuccessfully in the summer of 2020 to have the case dismissed or relocated outside of Virginia, so he countersued for $100 million. Depp’s UK libel case against The Sun tabloid for labeling him a “wife-beater” was stunningly unsuccessful in November 2020, months after this action.
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