Amber Heard hires new legal team to spearhead her appeal in the Johnny Depp defamation case

Elaine Bredehoft Amber Heard Ben Rottenborn

Amber Heard, center, is seen with her attorneys Elaine Bredehoft, left, and Ben Rottenborn, right, during her defamation trial with Johnny Depp.EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

  • Elaine Bredehoft, who represented Heard at trial, will be stepping down from her legal team.

  • Representatives for Heard announced Monday the hiring of David L. Axelrod and Jay Ward Brown.

  • The Ballard Spahr lawyers defended The New York Times against defamation claims from Sarah Palin.

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.

Axelrod and Brown successfully defended The New York Times earlier this year in a defamation case brought by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

According to the press release, 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.”

“I have pledged to Amber and her appellate team my complete cooperation and assistance as they move forward on a path towards success,” Bredehoft said.

When asked to explain the decision, a spokesperson for Heard issued a statement saying “a different court warrants different representation, particularly as so much new evidence is now coming to light.”

Representatives for Depp declined to comment on the news.

“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 confident the appellate court will apply the law properly without deference to popularity, reverse the judgment against Ms. Heard, and reaffirm the fundamental

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