Camille Vasquez, the lawyer and formidable media strategist of Johnny Depp

Camille Vasquez during the first days of the trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. (Fairfax, April 12, 2022.) BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP

Since April 11, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have been facing each other in Fairfax court. In this battle, the actor can count on Camille Vasquez, an essential member of his defense team and formidable media expert.

There is Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, but above all there are their lawyers. Faced with Ben Rottenborn and Elaine Bredehoft, the lawyers of the actress, the star of Pirates of the Caribbean is flanked by Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez. During the first days of the trial for defamation, the latter had also opened the hearing, declaring to the jurors that Amber Heard had been the aggressor throughout their relationship.

The young woman then said that if the actress had presented herself as the victim and had asked for a divorce, it was in particular to avoid humiliation. “She is obsessed with her public image. She has lived and breathed this role for years and she is preparing to give the representation of her life, ”added the lawyer to her argument.

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Legal career

Pantsuit and stiletto heels, brown hair falling on the shoulders, clearly focused on her notes and everything that is said in court, Camille Vaquez does not seem destabilized by all the media attention brought to this trial. In 2006, still a young student, she graduated from the University of Southern California then continued her studies at Southwestern Law School, from which she graduated in 2010. She first joined a national law firm in Los Angeles, then became partner at Brown Rudnick. Within this team, she focuses in particular on defamation lawsuits, as well as certain contractual disputes, commercial crimes and employment-related complaints. The firm’s website describes her as an expert “capable of formulating offensive and defensive litigation strategies for private clients. She also has extensive experience in reputation management and crisis communication in the context of these disputes”.

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media strategist

If Johnny Depp chose her to defend him in this case, it is no coincidence. Brown Rudnick’s site touts her as a media strategist, saying she provides “advice on media strategy during times of high pressure and knows how to craft effective tactics to protect reputations.” A point that cannot be overlooked in the actor’s line of defense, given the popularity of the trial on social networks and the important place taken by public opinion. The firm adds that Camille Vasquez notably represents individuals “bringing defamation claims for several million dollars, following high-profile accusations of criminal behavior”. In 2022, her work was recognized as she won the Ones to Watch: The Best Lawyers in America award. Alongside her colleague Ben Chew, she seems determined to make full use of her strategic skills, in the interest of her famous client.