Regulation agency Brown Rudnick has promoted its affiliate Camille Vasquez to associate, lower than every week after she helped actor Johnny Depp safe a $15 million jury verdict in his intently watched defamation trial towards his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Vasquez grew to become the general public face of Depp’s authorized workforce over the course of the televised six-week trial and drew reward for her efficiency. The workforce was led by Brown Rudnick associate Benjamin Chew and included 9 different attorneys. However Vasquez emerged as a significant participant, cross-examining Heard and telling jurors throughout closing arguments that Heard was the abuser within the relationship.
Brown Rudnick chairman William Baldiga stated in an announcement Tuesday that the agency usually promotes companions when its fiscal yr ends.
“However Camille’s efficiency through the Johnny Depp trial proved to the world that she was able to take this subsequent step now,” he stated.
Vasquez was not instantly out there for remark however stated in an announcement that she is “delighted” to have the agency’s “full vote of confidence.”
Regulation agency recruiters and consultants stated elevating Vasquez to associate at 250-lawyer Brown Rudnick – a title that usually consists of an possession stake, extra money and larger affect – was logical for the agency, given her newly raised profile.
“I anticipate that she could be a scorching prospect coming off of her workforce’s win within the Depp case, and the extent of publicity she personally acquired,” stated Kate Reder Sheikh, a associate at authorized recruiting agency Main, Lindsey & Africa.
Vasquez was seemingly already on the partnership monitor and acting at a excessive stage to be assigned to the Depp case, stated Beth Cavagnolo of regulation agency consultancy Vertex Advisors.
“In a state of affairs like this, there’s completely a struggle for expertise, and I’m certain it was very a lot a retention measure for Ms. Vasquez,” Cavagnolo stated of the promotion.
Vasquez joined Brown Rudnick’s Orange County workplace in 2018, specializing in plaintiff-side defamation fits. She was beforehand an affiliate at Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips.
Depp, 58, sued Heard for $50 million and argued that she defamed him when she referred to as herself “a public determine representing home abuse” in a newspaper opinion piece. Heard countersued for $100 million, saying Depp smeared her when his lawyer referred to as her accusations a “hoax.”
Jurors on June 1 awarded Depp $15 million in damages from Heard, which the choose lowered to $10.35 million to adjust to state limits on punitive damages. The panel ordered Depp to pay Heard $2 million in damages.
A lawyer for Heard stated final week that she deliberate to enchantment the jury’s defamation discovering….Reuters