It’s been revealed that the star of DC Films’ Aquaman, Amber Heard has fired her lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, which is actually quite a big deal! Let us explain why this news is bigger than it might seem at first.
Celebrities fire their lawyers all the time. They tend to fire most people that work for them, and Amber Heard is no different. Over her career, she’s been firing people left, right and centre, and now, her lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, has been Heard’s latest victim.
Bredehoft represented Amber Heard in court in Fairfax, Virginia in the whole Johnny Depp defamation trail, and it was widely considered that she didn’t do a great job of defending Ms Heard.
Bredehoft made mistake after mistake and came across as unprepared and unable to represent such a high-profile client. Basically, it all seemed like it was a bit too much for Bredehoft.
And I don’t want this article to make it sound as though this was Bredehoft’s fault. Personally, I just think she was the wrong lawyer for the case, and she wasn’t quite ready for such a high-profile case.
Amber Heard has opted to fire her lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft
Not every lawyer is good in front of the cameras, and this case was very, very public. Bredehoft made mistakes such as referring to Arnica cream as ‘Amika’ cream. She often seemed flustered during cross-examination. She seemed flustered all the time really.
However, even after the trial’s verdict, which went against Amber Heard, Bredehoft was still standing by her client. She did press in which she still defended Amber and claimed that the verdict was not the correct one.
Elaine Bredehoft was becoming quite high-profile herself, and yes, she was getting a lot of hate for her constant defending of her client, Amber Heard, in the media. It was reported that Elaine was “stepping down” as Amber Heard’s lawyer, but it was then revealed that Amber Heard actually opted to fire her and get new legal representation. This all comes after it was reported that Elaine was caught crying outside the courtroom during the trial.
Amber Heard has got herself new legal representation
BREAKING: #ElaineBredehoft is stepping down from representing #AmberHeard during the appeal against #JohnnyDepp. #BenRottenborn will continue to rep AH. Now coming on the team: David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown of Ballard Spahr. @LawCrimeNetwork @lawcrimenews
— Angenette Levy (@Angenette5) August 15, 2022
So, Amber Heard has retained the legal services of a law firm called Ballard Spahr. Heard is now entering an appellate court since she felt the case and the evidence deserved to be reviewed by “a new set of eyes”, as Amber’s statement says.
As for this legal firm, their lead attorneys, David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown, have both successfully defended the New York Times against a recent defamation lawsuit brought by Sarah Palin. Interestingly enough, First Amendment cases are their area of expertise for this legal firm.
So, it sounds as though Amber Heard is trying to bolster her legal representation as she tries to appeal the Johnny Depp defamation case verdict. However, the thing that sticks out to us is that Heard’s new legal team still has Ben Rottenborn on board, which is rather odd to me.
Amber Heard has fired Elaine Bredehoft and kept Ben Rottenborn
Rottenborn was one of the lawyers who lost the case for Heard, yet Elaine is the only one that’s not part of Amber’s new legal team, which makes it clear that the lawyer was fired by Amber Heard. Bredehoft has claimed that she had “stepped down” and that now is the ideal time to “pass the baton”, and that she has taken all necessary precautions to ensure that the new team is knowledgeable.
According to TMZ, a representative of Heard said the following:
When it comes to protecting the fundamental right of Freedom of Speech, we look at the jury’s decision — to paraphrase a famous quote — not ‘as the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning.’ A different court warrants different representation, particularly as so much new evidence is now coming to light.
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