After winning the defamation trial against Amber Heard, Johnny Depp is back on the public scene, confident that he has moved past his legal issues and is ready to start a new chapter. In addition to this success, the actor is reportedly dating a London-based lawyer, Joelle Rich. In fact, Rich previously defended Depp in a similar libel case in the U.K.
Camille Vasquez is a partner at the Los Angeles law firm Brown Rudnick. She worked with Depp during his trial and helped him win a $15 million jury verdict. She was the face of his legal team and received a lot of praise for her performance. She also worked on the case alongside other attorneys, including Benjamin Chew. She cross-examined Amber Heard during the trial, and was later promoted to partner at Brown Rudnick.
Throughout the trial, Vasquez and Depp became close. According to TMZ, Vasquez and Depp were in touch almost every day, and Vasquez recalled many late nights working together on the case. The two would sometimes stay up until 5 a.m. to help Depp prepare for the trial.
As the trial nears its conclusion, a jury has ruled in Depp’s favor in the defamation trial against Heard. Heard had written an op-ed in a newspaper without naming Depp, in which she recounted violent acts perpetrated by Depp. The actors’ fans have reportedly paid for the unsealing of thousands of court documents. The evidence uncovered has shown that Depp’s legal team doctored photos, audio, and video to make the allegations appear more credible.
While Depp is still appealing the verdict, his lawyer has gotten a lot of publicity for his sharp legal strategy. Vasquez’s questioning style was one of the distinguishing factors in the case. She helped Depp make a convincing case during the trial, and she hammered Heard on the stand repeatedly during the last days. Her aggressive style earned her a fan base on Twitter.
Depp has already armed his legal team with the acclaimed Kathleen Zellner, a leading lawyer in overturning wrongful convictions. Despite the fact that the actor recently lost a libel suit against a newspaper columnist in the UK, he continues to sue the actress Amber Heard for the alleged libel.
The US Trial: The case was widely covered, and a jury found Depp liable for libel. The jury awarded Depp over $10 million in compensatory and punitive damages. However, a judge later reduced the punitive damages to $350,000. Meanwhile, Heard received $2 million in compensatory damages.