Amber Heard is switching up her legal team as she prepares to appeal the decision in the Johnny Depp defamation trial.
On Monday, representatives for Heard announced the hiring of Ballard Spahr lawyers David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown.
Elaine Bredehoft, who represented Heard at trial, will now be stepping down from her legal team.
Ben Rottenborn, who was co-counsel on the case, will stay on. Bredehoft called it "the perfect time to pass the baton."
"We welcome the opportunity to represent Ms. Heard in this appeal as it is a case with important First Amendment implications for every American," Axelrod and Brown said in a joint statement.
We're sure the redrafting court will apply the law appropriately without reverence to prominence,
switch the judgment against Ms. Heard, and reaffirm the major standards of Freedom of Speech.
The slander preliminary among Depp and Heard, his ex, worked out for quite a long time in Fairfax County,
Virginia. It immediately turned into the greatest story in America, as the two entertainers stood up to blame each other for physical and psychological mistreatment.
Depp sued Heard for slander north of a 2018 commentary she composed for The Washington Post,
in which she insinuated she had been the victim of domestic violence. Heard then countersued.
Eventually, the jury seemed to trust Depp's side of the story,
Heard was requested to pay Depp $15 million in punitive fees, while Depp was simply requested to pay Heard $2 million.
Heard's harms were subsequently brought down to adjust with Virginia state regulation, and she currently owes $10.3 million.