Because the Depp vs. Heard trial enters its remaining week, one authorized knowledgeable has estimated precisely how a lot each events have paid for his or her attorneys all through the case.
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million after she wrote a 2018 op-ed stating that she was the survivor of home abuse. Depp wasn’t talked about by title, however his group argued it was nonetheless defamatory and that it has induced him huge losses in his profession. Heard has countersued for $100 million accusing him of allegedly orchestrating a “smear marketing campaign” towards her and describing his personal lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment.”
The trial, which was filed three years in the past, began in Fairfax County, Virginia, on April 11, 2022, with the closing arguments scheduled to be made on Friday, Could 27. All through the length of the trial, each Depp and Heard have change into trending subjects, whereas many moments from the court docket have gone viral on-line.
Members of each of their authorized groups have gone viral at moments too, particularly Camille Vasquez, who gained social media notoriety for her cross-examination of Heard.
Assessing how a lot each Depp and Heard paid for his or her groups, Manny Arora, of Arora Regulation Trial Attorneys, tallied up what he believed the entire to be for Newsweek. He added up his estimation of the charges from the start line three years in the past.
“Taking a mean of $600 an hour for every lawyer — Depp has seven attorneys. Plus the help employees, court docket prices, journey prices, and many others. Then add within the six-week trial. Then add 24+ months to finish discovery and put together for trial.
“I’d say it has price Depp not less than $5.5 million for his authorized group,” Arora concluded.
As for Heard’s group, Arora believes it price her a lot much less on account of her smaller authorized group.
“I imagine Heard has three attorneys from Virginia space. For her, I’d say $3 million in charges plus $200k in consultants.
Each authorized groups have deployed knowledgeable witnesses as they made their case. Throughout the remaining week of the trial, Heard’s group referred to as doctor Richard Moore to the stand. He testified that Depp’s well-known finger harm was unlikely to be attributable to heard throwing a bottle at him. Depp’s legal professional Vasquez raised the subject of his compensation being $1,000 an hour and $5,000 a day for his testimony.
The second additionally caught the eye of social media customers.
Paying for consultants in a trial like it is a common prevalence, in line with Arora.
“Specialists vary from medical, enterprise and psychological. Their charges run from $5k or extra per day plus finishing stories, depositions, and many others.” He added: “I’d funds round $300k for consultants.”
Heard used Virginia-based legislation agency Woods Rogers, Attorneys at Regulation. The group options Elaine Bredehoft, Ben Rottenborn and Joshua Treece.
Depp has been represented by worldwide legislation agency Brown Rudnick. His group of attorneys featured Vasquez, Ben Chew, Stephanie Calnan, Andrew Crawford, Rebecca MacDowell Lecaroz, Yarelyn Mena, Jessica Meyers and Samuel Moniz.
Newsweek has reached out to Woods Rogers and Brown Rudnick for remark.