Meet the legal team behind the Johnny Depp defamation trial

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The highly publicized defamation proceedings betwixt histrion Johnny Depp and histrion Amber Heard was watched by millions, sending Depp's young ineligible squad to the forefront of conversation. Despite the newfound fame, 1 of Depp's attorneys, Camille Vasquez, says she conscionable wants to proceed her signifier arsenic a lawyer. 

"When I look astatine myself successful the mirror, I spot an advocate," Vasquez told "CBS Mornings" co-host Gayle King during an exclusive interview. "I was calved to bash this. I truly consciousness that way."

The 38-year-old attorney, who is simply a spouse astatine the instrumentality steadfast Brown Rudnick's litigation and arbitration signifier group, said she is "doing her best" astatine handling the caller attention, calling it "overwhelming and surreal."

"I've had truthful galore pinch maine moments," Vasquez said. 

Last month, a jury found Heard liable successful a civilian suit for defaming her ex-husband Depp successful an op-ed published successful The Washington Post. Depp was besides recovered liable for a connection his lawyer made to the Daily Mail calling her claims a hoax. Depp was awarded a full of $15 cardinal successful damages and Heard $2 million. Depp's $15 cardinal judgement was reduced to $10.35 cardinal due to the fact that Virginia instrumentality caps punitive damages astatine $350,000.

Heard told a tribunal past week that she will appeal the $10.35 cardinal settlement she was ordered to wage her ex-husband. Depp's squad besides filed an appeal.

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The proceedings proceedings were televised contempt pleas from Heard's ineligible squad to exclude cameras from the courtroom. Vasquez told King that the cameras were "important to the client."

"For Johnny, it was astir yet being capable to archer his story," she said. "I deliberation helium came into this lawsuit reasoning helium had thing other near to lose, Gayle, and I deliberation for him, it was, helium had to enactment it each retired there."

The squad down Depp successful the publicized lawsuit were each mostly nether the property of 40, Vasquez said. She described the radical arsenic "young and strong" — qualities she says were indispensable successful presumption of the case's success.

"They resonate with a younger assemblage and you request those perspectives," Vasquez said. "I deliberation young radical person a caller position connected particularly these issues, the issues that we were discussing successful this case: abuse, MeToo."

Jessica Meyers, 34, who executed the nonstop introspection of Depp during the trial, echoed the sentiment saying that Depp's young ineligible squad "was really an asset." 

She said it was her archetypal clip doing a nonstop examination.

"There was a level of nerves," she told King. "I deliberation I kept waiting for this overwhelming consciousness of nerves but I think, you know, erstwhile you get up there, it conscionable feels benignant of earthy and you conscionable bash what you do."

Sam Moniz, 32, different lawyer astatine Brown Rudnick connected Depp's case, said the squad has "a batch of earthy talent" and collaborated to archer Depp's broadside of what happened. 

"It was much of a gradual process of realizing that our communicative was coming in," Moniz said of his experience. "Things tin spell incorrect astatine immoderate infinitesimal and they ne'er went incorrect and we told the communicative we acceptable retired to tell."

Vasquez added that unit surrounding the lawsuit "made america astir apt overprepare."

"We were truly prepared and I deliberation that can't beryllium understated," she said.

CBS News has reached retired to Heard and her ineligible squad astir the appeals. They said they're not commenting astatine this time.

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