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Camille Vasquez, one of the lawyers who represented Johnny Depp during his successful defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard, has been promoted.
Vasquez, who has dominated headlines in recent weeks, belongs to the law firm Brown Rudnick, which announced today (7 June) that it will be promoting Vasquez to partner, a position that’s widely considered the peak of a solicitor’s career.
Brown Rudnick announced Vasquez’s promotion in a press release, citing her performance during Depp’s high-profile trial as the reason behind the decision.
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 added: “We are incredibly proud of her and look forward to what she will accomplish as our newest partner.”
Vasquez said she was ‘delighted’ by the promotion and praised her ‘uniquely talented team’.
She wrote: “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.”
Vasquez, 34, specialises in litigation and arbitration and was one of the nine attorneys involved in the Heard-Depp case.
She was hugely influential in Depp's victory, with her courtroom performance winning the public’s heart.
When the jury’s verdict was delivered and Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages, Vasquez reportedly murmured ‘we won’ with tears in her eyes.
Prior to Depp’s lawsuit, Vasquez had mainly worked on cases alleging breach of contract or discrimination by her client against employers.
Earlier this week, it was reported that legal firms were competing against one another in a bid to get Vasquez on board in the wake of her newfound fame.
Speaking to the New York Post on 5 June, celebrity lawyer Judd Burstein correctly predicted Vasquez’s promotion to partner, saying: “No firm would allow her to have a role in a big trial like this if she wasn’t on the partner track.”
Burstein added: “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.”
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