The high-profile defamation trial brought by Johnny Depp against Amber Heard captured the attention of millions. Johnny Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez was thrust into the spotlight after clips of her fierce courtroom approach went viral across social media.

So how did Camille Vasquez get to this point?

Born in San Francisco, Vasquez is the child of two Latino immigrants and is the first lawyer in her family. From a young age, she knew she wanted to work as a lawyer to help defend people. She received a Magna Cum Laude (the equivalent of a distinction) for her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and political science from the University of Southern California. Following this, she went on to do a Juris Doctor at Southwestern Law School.

Her first job in law started when she joined Manatt, Phelps & Philips LLP as an assistant attorney and she has also worked as a private attorney. For the last four years, she has been working for Brown Rudnick – a law firm that specialises in litigation and business law. The firm is based in Orange County but has offices across the globe.

Camille practices litigation and arbitration, with her speciality being plaintiff-side defamation. Following her success at trial, she has been promoted from Associate to Partner, with her CEO saying “Historically we have reserved this announcement for the end of our fiscal year, but Camille’s performance during the Johnny Depp trial proved to the world that she was ready to take this next step now.” As well as this she has also received a flood of job offers from other firms and is set to earn a whopping $138,431 from the trial.

Vasquez has spoken about her time in the spotlight being viral on social media as being ‘overwhelming’ but she also said in an interview on Good Morning America; “If I can be an inspiration to young women that want to go to law school, and study, and work hard, then it was all worth it.”