Johnny Depp’s victory over Amber Heard in his multi-million dollar lawsuit last week has proven to be a win for more than the former Pirates of the Caribbean actor.
Attorney Camille Vasquez, who was thrust into the spotlight for her searing cross-examination and closing arguments during the six-week Virginia trial, has been promoted.
Vasquez, Depp’s co-lead attorney with Ben Chew, became a partner at Brown Rudnick after less than four years.
“We are pleased to welcome Camille to the partnership,” Brown Rudnick Chairman and CEO William Baldiga said today in a triumph shared by both the national firm and Orange County-based trial attorney Vasquez. “In the past, we 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 that next step now. We are incredibly proud of her and look forward to what she will achieve as our newest partner.”
As is usual on such occasions, joy was shared.
“I’m delighted that Brown Rudnick has shown his full confidence in me by adding me to the partnership,” said the much-sought-after Vasquez herself Teamwork and collaboration is key, and I look forward to continuing to represent Brown Rudnick’s culture of excellence,” added the 37-year-old 2010 Southwestern Law School graduate.
The rise of Vasquez’s status at Brown Rudnick comes as a number of high-profile firms and agencies have expressed interest in either poaching or representing the literally made-for-television attorney.
Vasquez, who laughed and hugged Depp during the trial, which began April 11, proved a significant foe of steel for Heard and her defense team. While he started out weak on opening arguments and at times seemed to cross the line in the process when it came to belittling or even mocking the Aquaman actress’s allegations of domestic and sexual abuse at Depp’s hands, Vasquez’s subsequent composure and precision was proven inside and outside the film as heavily courtroom.
A huge hit with the self-proclaimed “Deppford Wives” fan base, Vasquez told the assembled loyalists and media on June 1 that “Today’s verdict confirms what we have said from the outset, that the allegations against Johnny Depp are defamatory and are not supported by any evidence. She went on to say before the Fairfax County Courthouse that “we are very grateful to the jury for their careful deliberations, the judge and the court staff who have devoted tremendous amounts of time and resources to this case.”
The day after the sentencing hearing, Heard’s lead attorney said the self-proclaimed heartbroken actress would appeal the verdict. The seven-member Virginia jury that upheld all of Depp’s defamation claims and awarded him more than $10 million in damages. Heard was successful on one of her counterclaims and was awarded $2 million.
Depp sued his ex-wife and Rum diary co-star for $50 million in March 2019 versus late 2018 Washington Post op-ed, the actress wrote about “becoming a public figure who represents domestic violence.” Though the mostly ACLU-crafted article in Jeff Bezos-owned newspaper never mentioned Depp by name, the feisty actor claimed he had “devastated” his already dwindling career. In court filings and on the witness stand, Depp also claimed that he was in fact the one who was being abused in the relationship.
Unable to successfully dismiss the case or have it transferred out of Virginia, Heard filed a $100 million countersuit in the summer of 2020. This action came months before Depp’s defamation lawsuit in the UK The sun The tabloid for calling him a “wife beater” proved dramatically unsuccessful in November 2020.
Vasquez was not involved in the UK lawsuit.