Authorized specialists applaud Amber Heard’s alternative of recent attorneys for Johnny Depp verdict attraction


Amber Heard has employed new attorneys as she appeals the $10 million verdict awarded to Johnny Depp of their defamation battle — a transfer specialists stated may very well be advantageous for the “Aquaman” actress.

Heard, 36, has introduced on David Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown, of nationwide regulation agency Ballard Spahr, who efficiently represented the New York Occasions in opposition to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s libel lawsuit.

They’ll assist Heard as she fights to overturn the largely unfavorable verdict in opposition to her handed down by a jury following the ex-couple’s bombshell trial in Fairfax, Virginia.

Virginia lawyer Elaine Bredehoft — who repped Heard at trial — will likely be leaving the group, in line with a spokesperson for the actress.

Amber Heard has employed new attorneys as she appeals the $10 million verdict awarded to Johnny Depp of their defamation battle.
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“A unique courtroom warrants completely different illustration, notably as a lot new proof is now coming to mild,” the rep stated.

Texas civil lawyer Katherine Lizardo — who adopted the trial carefully — stated she anticipated the change within the authorized group and famous it might profit Heard.

“This can be a good transfer for her as a result of it might give her a unique standpoint legally from trial counsel,” Lizardo informed The Submit.

Enchantment attorneys are a “completely different breed” of attorneys who’re specialists within the “nuanced and specialty” area of regulation, Lizardo defined.

Johnny Depp waves to his fans as he arrives outside court during the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court.
The Virginia jury discovered that Heard defamed Depp in her essay alleging home abuse.
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“If Amber Heard didn’t rent an legal professional that was aware of the appellate system then she would lose,” she stated.

Lizardo additionally famous that it takes a sure demeanor to argue an appellate case — which in Virginia solely permits for either side to talk for quarter-hour earlier than a three-judge panel.

“Elaine Bredehoft’s model at trial and her time administration points wouldn’t work for attraction,” Lizardo stated. “We noticed when Elaine would ramble on or argue unrelated issues and that might be very detrimental if she argued equally in entrance of the courtroom of attraction judges.”

New York civil lawyer William Newman informed The Submit that Axelrod and Brown’s maneuvers in Palin’s case in opposition to the Occasions sign the kind of technique the authorized group will use in Heard’s attraction.

The attorneys had targeted on making an attempt to show that statements made concerning the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee in a Occasions piece weren’t made with precise malice — which is a better authorized customary utilized to instances involving public figures.

“By choosing a lawyer that famously made that argument within the Sarah Palin case — that tells me that [actual malice] goes to be one thing that they’re going to doubtless deal with on this attraction,” Newman stated.

Nonetheless, Newman stated it’s good that Heard continues to be hanging onto considered one of her Virginia attorneys from trial, Benjamin Rottenborn.

“I feel it’s a good selection,” Newman stated of hiring Axelrod and Brown. “Ballard Spahr is a really effectively regarded agency. She is in good fingers.”

“It’s nonetheless excellent to have native Virginia attorneys engaged on it too,” Newman added.

US actress Amber Heard waits before the jury announced a split verdict in favor of both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard on their claim and counter-claim in the Depp v. Heard civil defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax.
Heard has introduced on David Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown, of nationwide regulation agency Ballard Spahr.
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Former California appeals courtroom choose and present legal protection legal professional Halim Dhanidina informed The Submit that hiring new attorneys for an attraction is routine and has many upsides, together with gaining the experience of an appellate lawyer and getting a recent set of eyes on the case.

A trial lawyer “is nearly too near the problems.” Dhanidina stated. “Whereas an appellate specialist may be capable to take a look at what occurred within the decrease courtroom file and have maybe a unique perspective or a unique technique of how they could be profitable on attraction.”

“What an legal professional may need to do on the appellate stage is maybe second guess a number of the methods or actions taken by the trial legal professional and the legal professional who dealt with the trial would clearly not be able to be vital or to second guess their very own actions,” the previous choose famous.

The 59-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor received a $10.35 million verdict in June with a jury siding along with his claims that Heard defamed him in a 2018 Washington Submit op-ed piece on being a sufferer of home violence.

Whereas she didn’t particularly identify Depp within the essay, his facet argued at trial that it clearly referred to her allegations that he abused her round their 2016 divorce.

The jury awarded Heard $2 million in her counterclaims that Depp defamed her when his lawyer Adam Waldman referred to as her claims a hoax.

Bredehoft didn’t return a request for remark Monday.

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