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Who is lawyer Camille Vasquez? Meet Johnny Depp's legal team

Ella Kipling May 5, 2022
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The defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard continues, with the actress taking the stand on May 4th to present her case.

Heard is being sued by Depp for $50 million for an op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post in 2018, in which she claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse. While she did not name Depp, his lawyers argue that it is implied the piece is about him. Heard sued back with a $100 million counterclaim against Depp.

The trial, which began April 12th, has been broadcast and watched by people all over the world.

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Who is Camille Vasquez?

Camille Vasquez is a member of Depp’s legal team during the ongoing defamation trial against Amber Heard.

Vasquez graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 before going on to study at Southwestern Law School, from which she graduated in 2010.

Part of the Brown Rudnick law firm, Vasquez is an associate in the Firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group and can speak Spanish.

According to her professional profile, Vasquez focuses on plaintiff-side defamation suit, and has additional experience litigating contract disputes, business-related torts, and employment-related claims.

“Camille is adept at formulating offensive and defensive litigation strategies for private clients. She also has extensive experience handling parallel reputation management and crisis communications issues arising from these engagements,” the website states.

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Who is Johnny Depp’s legal team?

A team from Brown Rudnick is representing Depp throughout the trial. As well as Vasquez, the team includes Ben Chew, Stephanie Calnan, Andrew Crawford, Rebecca MacDowell Lecaroz, Yarelyn Mena, Jessica Meyers, and Samuel Moniz.

Chew and Vasquez have been playing a large role in the trial so far. Chew, a partner at Brown Rudnick, is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

According to his profile, Chew’s previous representation has included prosecuting a “successful derivative action claim on behalf of multiple investors,” including Cher, against a major pharmaceutical company. He has also won summary judgment for a major U.S. shipbuilder and successfully prosecuted a case for current prime minister of Georgia in the European Court of Human Rights (2012).

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“She is obsessed with her public image”

In April, during the opening arguments of the trial, Vasquez told jurors that Heard had been the aggressor throughout her relationship with Depp.

Vasquez claimed that Heard painted herself as the victim once Depp asked her for a divorce to “avoid humiliation.”

Speaking about Heard, Vasquez said: “She is obsessed with her public image. She has been living and breathing this role for years now and she is preparing to give the performance of her life.”

Depp concluded his evidence on day eight of the case and an audio recording of Heard and Depp discussing their relationship breakdown in 2016 was played. During the recording, the actress can be heard saying: “Tell the world Johnny, tell them I Johnny Depp, a man, am a victim too of domestic violence.”

In her final question to Depp on Monday, Vasquez asked him: “What did you say in response when Ms Heard said ‘tell the world Johnny, tell them I Johnny Depp, a man, am a victim too of domestic violence?'”

Depp replied: “I said yes, I am.”

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Ella is the Head of Content at Freshered and also works a freelance journalist at GRV Media, writing for HITC and Reality Titbit. Her interests lie in news and anything culture related including entertainment, musicals, books, and social media. Ella is also a big supporter of student media and writes for her university’s newspaper as well as hosting her own show on the radio station.