Who's who on Johnny Depp's legal team

Who’s who on Johnny Depp’s legal team

(Spanish CNN) — Attention in the judgment that faces Johnny Depp and Amber Heard passes from the ex-partner to other major protagonists in the case: their lawyers. Camille Vasquez, Depp’s lawyer, jumped into the spotlight after his harsh cross-examination of Heard. She is one of nine members of the team that defends the star of “Pirates of the Caribbean”, a high level team.

Five female and four male lawyers of the law firm Brown Rudnick, which has more than 250 professionals and contentious cases Around the world, they are the actor’s defense in his lawsuit against Heard for US$50 million in a libel case.

Benjamin Chew, the team leader, worked for Depp and other stars like Cher

Johnny Depp speaks with his attorney Ben Chew in the Fairfax County courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia on May 3, 2022. (Jim Watson/ Pool/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Chew, a Princeton University graduate and fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has worked for Depp before: successfully leading two breach of trust cases for the actor in Los Angeles, according to reports. available on the firm’s website, and is now the lead attorney in the case. He played a pivotal role in the Virginia court, where he delivered, for example, the case’s opening arguments.

He has also worked for other stars like Cher, whom he has represented on several occasions, including two cases related to the Oscar-nominated film “Edith & Eddie.”

According to his biography, he is engaged in litigation of a commercial nature and also in international litigation.

His experience includes cases as diverse as representing Dubai and Honduras in litigation in the United States to serving as counsel in a class action lawsuit brought by black farmers against the Department of Agriculture that resulted in a settlement of $1.2 billion that was based on systemic discrimination in agriculture. loan programs.

He has also pleaded outside the United States: it was he who successfully brought, among other things, the case of the current Prime Minister of Georgia before the European Court of Human Rights in 2012.

In sport, he has represented two Olympic gold medalists, Dr. Edwin Moses and Beckie Scott, in a matter related to an investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Camilla Vasquez

Camille Vasquez, Johnny Depp's lawyer, center stage

“Who was the real monster in this relationship, Miss Heard?” That was one of the tough questions Camille Vasquez threw out to Heard during cross-examination on Tuesday, where he repeatedly pressed the actress.

According to her biography on the firm’s website, she is an Orange County, California-based partner working in their Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group.

“His current practice focuses on defamation claims, with additional experience in contract litigation, corporate torts and employment-related claims,” the bio reads. “Camille is an expert in formulating offensive and defensive litigation strategies for private clients.”

She also has experience in crisis communication. Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, he worked for a national law firm based in Los Angeles.

Wayne Denison

Wayne Dennison has an extensive live in commercial litigation, according to the firm, and has worked with clients that include Fortune 500 companies and elected officials.

Among the companies he has represented are in technology, casino operators, and healthcare, among others.

It was during Dennison’s cross-examination that a forensic psychologist hired by Heard’s team recanted his statement.

Dawn Hughes said, after a psychological evaluation of Heard, that the actress suffered from post-traumatic stress following the “serious” violence perpetrated by Depp. On the other hand, he had described Heard’s violent episodes as “mild”.

Dennison played a recording of a conversation between the couple during their interrogation of the psychologist and showed him the photos of Depp’s partially severed finger to ask him about the use of the adjective “soft”.

Finally, the psychologist retracted, specifying that the image showed a “serious” injury.

Andrew Crawford and Rebecca MacDowell Lecaroz

Another of the names of the legal team that has resonated the most is that of Andrew Crawford, recognized since 2017 by Super Lawyers, a lawyer rating service, as a “rising star” in the city of Washington.

The participation of Rebecca MacDowell Lecaroz, who cross-examined Heard’s sister this Wednesday in court, was also notorious.

The team is completed by Stephanie Calnan, Yarelyn Mena, Jessica Meyers and Samuel Moniz.

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