Johnny Depp’s lawyer who grilled Amber Heard on the witness stand just got a promotion at her law firm

Johnny Depp and his attorney Camille Vasquez during Depp’s defamation case on May 19.Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS

  • Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez was promoted to partner at her law firm.

  • She distinguished herself by aggressively questioning Amber Heard and calling her a liar.

  • Vasquez has been chummy with Depp’s fans, posing for pictures.

Camille Vasquez, the breakout attorney who represented Johnny Depp in his defamation trial against Amber Heard, has been promoted to partner at her law firm, Brown Rudnick, the firm announced Tuesday.

“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,” William Baldiga, the chairman and CEO of Brown Rudnick, said in a press release.

Vasquez distinguished herself in the trial with her questioning style — sometimes reserved, sometimes aggressive. She guided Depp through his testimony over several days on the witness stand in the Fairfax, Virginia, courthouse.

With Heard on the stand in the trial’s final days, Vasquez repeatedly hammered her with questions suggesting she was a liar and had invented scenarios in which she alleged Depp assaulted her. And in closing arguments, Vasquez suggested Heard perjured herself and told jurors to disbelieve her.

The scenes went viral on TikTok and Twitter, where Vasquez gained a fan following. Her approach ultimately worked on the jury, too, which arrived at a verdict that heavily favored Depp.

Vasquez, who is based in California, worked alongside Benjamin Chew, a partner at Brown Rudnick’s Washington, DC, office, during the trial. Chew had a more low-key presence throughout the case, and former colleagues described him to Insider as having a “soft-spoken” style. The two have been friendly with Depp’s fans, posing for pictures with alpacas that one of them brought outside the courthouse.

The quick promotion for Vasquez, a graduate of Southwestern Law School and the University of Southern California, may be a way for Brown Rudnick to keep her on the firm’s staff. The New York Post reported that other firms had considered poaching her. And she has become a celebrity in her own right, with fans cheering her and her boyfriend, the WeWork executive Edward Owen, on their way to the airport while they were leaving Virginia.

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