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Who is Wayne Dennison? Johnny Depp lawyer hailed as 'MVP' by fans

Bruno Cooke May 24, 2022
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Court documents in the ongoing defamation case between former spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard name Massachusetts attorney Wayne Dennison as Depp’s counsel and counterclaim defendant. Where did he train to be a lawyer, and what is his area of expertise?

Who is Johnny Depp’s attorney, lawyer Wayne Dennison?

According to True People Search, Wayne F Dennison, lawyer, is currently 59 years old. 

He’s an attorney with law firm Brown Rudnick and works out of one of the company’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts.

Official court documents state he’s “in good standing” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Per his professional biography on the Brown Rudnick website, he’s “repeatedly handled high-stakes litigation” through jury trials and appeals processes.

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He has worked in such areas as the golf industry, telecommunications, real estate, energy and technology litigation. However, he most frequently represents individuals and/or companies in commercial and corporate disputes.

Where did he train to be a lawyer?

Wayne Dennison earned his BA from Syracuse University in 1988. Three years later, he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 1998, Dennison earned his master of public administration degree from Harvard University. He’s been admitted to the New York and Massachusetts Bar, and is a member of the Boston Bar Association.

Among his publications are articles in the Boston Business Journal, Corporate Counsel, International Financial Law Review and American Bar Association.

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Wayne Dennison is no stranger to the public eye. Articles have appeared in several newspapers and digital media outlets about legal proceedings of which he has been a part – Reuters, the Boston Business Journal and Law 360, among others.

What role did Wayne Dennison play in the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard defamation case?

Deadline reported on a “moment of levity” yesterday when Johnny Depp’s attorney, Wayne Dennison, challenged Dr David Spiegel’s contention that Depp’s use of an earpiece was an indication of cognitive decline.

Dennison also questioned statements Spiegel had made about what LadBible calls “the effects of (Depp’s) substance usage on the brain”.

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He later asked whether Willy Wonka was important to Spiegel and whether he had seen the movie Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. This prompted Spiegel to rub his chin for a few moments before asking the judge: “Do I have to answer that question?”

Some people have praised Wayne Dennison’s legal performance during the day’s proceedings. One even called him the “MVP of today’s events”. MVP stands for Most Valuable Player. People usually use it in a sporting context.

Others have been discussing him in the r/JusticeForJohnnyDepp subreddit here. There is also a Justice For Amber Heard community with a Tumblr blog here.

Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for defamation because of an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018. Heard is countersuing Depp. The case is set to continue.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.