Who is Stephanie Calnan? Johnny Depp congratulates team lawyer in viral moment

Johnny Depp was seen praising her on her successful cross-examination of Dr Richard Shaw - a moment which soon went viral


                            Who is Stephanie Calnan? Johnny Depp congratulates team lawyer in viral moment
Stephanie Calnan is a member of the legal team defending Johnny Depp in his defamation trial against Amber Heard (Photo by brownrudnick & @arvirtual81/Twitter)
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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's defamation trial is reaching its conclusion. Meanwhile, a member of Depp's legal team, Stephanie Calnan, became viral after cross-examining Dr Richard Shaw. Calnan returned to her seat after her questioning and Johnny Depp was seen praising her on her successful cross-examination - a moment which soon became viral.

Earlier, Dr Shaw, a forensic psychologist, was hired by Depp's legal team to examine the testimony of medical specialists Dr David Spiegel and Dr Kipper. Dr Shaw said that Dr Spiegel had broken the Goldwater Rule's ethical norms, rendering his evidence ‘unreliable',while adding that in order to ascertain a mental health prognosis, careful diagnostic testing would have to be undertaken and that Dr Spiegel did not perform any such procedures. Dr Spiegel admitted on the stand that he did not personally interview Depp for his assessments.

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So who is Stephanie Calnan?
According to the Brown Rudnick bio, Stephanie Calnan, a law associate, is working with Ben Chew to defend the Hollywood star. Calnan is a member of the Sports & Entertainment litigation team of Brown Rudnick, and she is now defending Depp in his defamation trial against Amber Heard. She joined Brown Rudnick in 2016. 

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Calnan began her legal career as a paralegal at the Middlesex District Attorney's Office after graduating from Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, the associate interned at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, where she worked on issues involving the fledgling casino business.

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Calnan, for example, has defended a private technology business in a breach of contract lawsuit and has also defended a banking institution in a multimillion-dollar breach of guarantee action. According to her Brown Rudnick bio, Calnan is also a member of the firm's ‘Women's Initiative Steering Committee’ and participates in the humanitarian event ‘Lawyers Have Heart 5k.’

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Many on social media also praised her as one person wrote, “I’m just loving all these empowered women on the stand!! So inspiring!!! You go get them 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 thank you for everything.” “Let's give a big shoutout to #StephanieCalnan - yet another great strong intelligent woman of #JohnnyDepp legal team! So sweet the whole team congratulating her after examination of Dr. Shaw,” another user added. 

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In April, it was reported that Depp will be represented in the trial by a Sports & Entertainment litigation team from the prestigious legal firm Brown Rudnick. According to the firm's website, the team comprises Ben Chew, Stephanie Calnan, Andrew Crawford, Rebecca MacDowell Lecaroz, Yarelyn Mena, Jessica Meyers, Samuel Moniz, and Camille Vasquez. Depp is suing Amber Heard for defamation over an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018. He has requested a settlement of $50 million in damages. Heard has filed a countersuit against Depp, seeking $100 million in damages and immunity from his accusations. 

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