- Michael Avenatti is an attorney whose most famous client is Stormy Daniels.
- He has inserted himself into the national conversation this year, often making claims about high-profile people, including President Donald Trump and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
- Avenatti is also considering a 2020 presidential bid.
- Here’s a look at his career, and claims he’s made over the last several months.
At the moment, Michael Avenatti may be the most high-profile lawyer in America. The 47-year-old seasoned litigator has made headlines in recent months thanks to his famous client, porn star and director Stormy Daniels.
Just days before the 2016 US election, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to Daniels to keep her silent about an affair she allegedly had with Trump in 2006.
Avenatti has since sued the president, on Daniels’ behalf, accusing Trump of invalidating a non-disclosure agreement, and of defaming Daniels. Avenatti says the violation allows Daniels to reveal her side of the story to the public, and in March, she started doing just that with a blockbuster “60 Minutes” interview on CBS News.
Appearing on dozens of cable news shows, tweeting frequently, and often making claims that he has explosive information on people in the news, Avenatti has attempted to make himself a household name — and he’s even mulling a 2020 presidential bid.
Most recently, he announced that he has evidence of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh participating in sexual misconduct in high school and that he was representing a group of people who could back up the claims.
Here’s what you should know about Michael Avenatti:
Avenatti graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Three years later, he received his JD degree from George Washington University.
During college and law school, Avenatti worked for The Research Group, a campaign research firm founded by Rahm Emmanuel, former President Barack Obama’s chief of staff and the current Democratic mayor of Chicago.
Source: Chicago Magazine