Camille Vasquez, one of the attorneys who defended Johnny Depp during his victorious defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, has been promoted. The case included Johnny Depp’s claim that Amber Heard made false statements about him, and he was awarded 10$ million, and Amber was awarded 5$ million due to statements made from Johnny’s lawyer.
It was announced on June 7th by the law firm Brown Rudnick that it will be promoting Vasquez to partner, a position that is widely considered to be the pinnacle of an attorney’s career. Vasquez, who has dominated headlines in recent weeks, is now a partner of the firm.
Brown Rudnick issued a press statement in which she announced the promotion of Vasquez and mentioned her performance during the high-profile trial of Depp as the rationale for the decision to promote her.
William Baldiga, chairman and CEO of Brown Rudnick, wrote: “We are delighted to welcome Camille to the partnership. Historically, we have reserved this announcement for the end of our fiscal year. But Camille’s performance during the Johnny Depp trial proved to the world that she was ready to take this next step now.”
Baldiga adds: “We are incredibly proud of her and look forward to what she will accomplish as our newest partner.”
Vasquez said that she was “delighted” to have been given the position and lauded the “uniquely talented team” that she led. “I am delighted that Brown Rudnick has given me its full vote of confidence by having me join the partnership. I’m proud of the uniquely talented team I’ve had the privilege to lead, which exemplified teamwork and collaboration, and I look forward to continuing to represent Brown Rudnick’s culture of excellence.” She writes.
Vasquez, who is 34 years old and focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration, was one of the nine lawyers who were engaged in the Heard-Depp case. Her appearance in court, which won the favor of the audience, was a major factor that contributed significantly to Depp’s success.
It was stated that Vasquez said “we won” with tears in her eyes when the jury’s judgement was read and Depp was given $10 million in compensatory damages. Prior to the legal action brought against Depp by Vasquez, the majority of the cases she has worked on included clients suing their employers for discrimination or violation of contract.
In the wake of her recent rise to prominence, it was reported earlier this week that law firms were vying with one another to sign Vasquez as a client in an effort to capitalize on her increased visibility.
On June 5th, celebrity attorney Judd Burstein gave an interview to the New York Post, in which he accurately anticipated that Vasquez would be promoted to partner, saying that“no firm would allow her to have a role in a big trial like this if she wasn’t on the partner track.”
“There are two factors that go into making a partner – your quality of lawyering and ability to attract business. She can probably go anywhere and make a nice deal for herself.” He adds.
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