The Depp trial is a jolt of celebrity for lawyer Camille Vasquez after a series of complex corporate cases

The Depp trial is a jolt of celebrity for lawyer Camille Vasquez after a series of complex corporate cases
Actor Johnny Depp (R) and his attorney Camille Vasquez seen at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 19, 2022.Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS
  • Camille Vasquez is one of the attorneys working on Johnny Depp's case against ex-wife Amber Heard.
  • She has gone viral for her cutting cross-examination and for speculation she's dating her client.

The Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial has propelled lawyer Camille Vasquez from obscurity to celebrity in a stark departure from a series of complex corporate cases.

Vasquez found fame thanks to fans of her client, Depp, who praised her cutting cross examination of Amber Heard and speculated she is dating the actor. (A representative for Depp denied that the duo are dating.)

Vasquez began her career at the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in 2017 and moved to Brown Rudnick, one of the world's largest firms by gross revenue, in 2018. Depp hired Brown Rudnick, who have represented him before, for the case against Heard.

Until now, Vasquez has mainly worked on cases alleging breach of contract or discrimination by her clients against employers.

Though none of her past cases have risen to the profile of Depp v. Heard, there have been notable moments:


  • In 2016, Vasquez represented Kevin Simmons, a man incarcerated at California State Prison in Los Angeles County, who said a prison guard shot him several times in the leg after while he was being assaulted by an inmate.
  • In 2017, she represented Timothy Ashcrowft a man who sued his employer, HEC, alleging breach of contract after he was fired just four months after relocating to Taiwan despite being told he would have the job a long time.
  • In 2017, she successfully represented AT&T against breach of contract claim from a former employee.
  • In 2015, she was part of a team that successfully defended several clients in California accused by their neighbor of racial and gender-based discrimination.
  • In 2014, she was part of a team that defended a HR management company accused of employment discrimination

Depp v. Heard is set to culminate with closing statements on May 27, after which the jury will vote.