Amber heard is out with the old, with the new when it comes to her legal representation — cutting a key attorney from her team … and bringing in the big guns.
The actress, who is currently appealing the Johnny Depp ruling, announced Monday that she has hired the law firm Ballard Spahr as she ventures into an appeals court…
The lead attorneys of the firm coming… David L. Axelrod (not the Obama/CNN guy) and Jay Ward Brown — both of whom successfully defended the NYT against a recently filed defamation charge Sarah Palin …a First Amendment case, their specialty.
Amber loves Ben Rottenborn on board with the addition of Axelrod and Brown — but she loses one attorney… Ms. Elaine Bredehoft, who was counsel in the trial. Her departure from the team isn’t actually explained, other than saying she’s stepping down.
EB says now is the perfect time to “pass the baton” and that she has gone out of her way to make sure the new team is up to speed. Frankly, Elaine took a bit of a beating, metaphorically, during her representation – that seems to be the consensus anyway.
As for the new guys… DLA and JWB say, “We welcome the opportunity to represent Ms. Heard on this call because it’s a matter with significant First Amendment implications for every America.” They add that they are confident that the appeals court will interpret the law in their favor and clear AH’s name.
An Amber representative says: “When it comes to protecting the fundamental right to freedom of expression, we do not consider the jury’s decision – to paraphrase a famous quote – as the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning.’ A different court justifies a different representation, especially since so much new evidence is now coming to light.”
Meanwhile Johnny goes on with life… the dude is now directing a movie with his old friend, Al Pacino, as a partner.