Brown Rudnick Wins Johnny Depp Defamation Trial

FAIRFAX, VA., June 1, – A Brown Rudnick litigation team won a jury verdict for actor Johnny Depp in his high-profile defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

A Virginia jury unanimously ruled in favor of Depp following a six-week trial, and found that he had proven all elements of defamation. The seven-member jury awarded him $15 million and $2 million to Heard on account of her counterclaim.

“Brown Rudnick has been honored to represent Mr. Depp in this important litigation,” said Depp’s legal team at Brown Rudnick. “We join with Mr. Depp’s many fans and supporters to celebrate that the jury has agreed with our arguments and followed the evidence to vindicate Mr. Depp.”

Partner Ben Chew led the BR litigation team, which also included partners Wayne Dennison and Rebecca MacDowell Lecaroz, and associates Stephanie CalnanAndrew CrawfordYarelyn MenaJessica MeyersSamuel Moniz and Camille Vasquez.

About Brown Rudnick’s Litigation & Arbitration Practice

Brown Rudnick’s global Litigation & Arbitration practice boasts extensive experience and a strong track record for large-scale, highly complex disputes. We represent clients on both the plaintiff and defense side, at the trial and appellate level, and often regarding matters that pose an existential threat. Our trial-ready lawyers routinely implement creative and novel solutions to high-stakes disputes.

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