A Federal judge sentenced Michael Avenatti to 2.5 years in prison for attempting to extort Nike. The public knows him as Stormy Daniels’ attorney. A Federal jury convicted Mr. Avenatti in February 2020. Federal Judge Paul Gardephe said “Mr. Avenatti’s conduct was outrageous…”
Nike’s Lawyers contacted the FBI after speaking with Mr. Avenatti. Nike believed that they were being extorted by the Avenatti. The FBI then recorded conversations between them and Avenatti.
Brief Summary of Michael Avenatti
Michael John Avenatti is an American lawyer. He has been a law professor and has spent his career representing individuals in cases of personal injury, major commercial fraud, and class actions. Avenatti was the co-lead attorney in the lawsuit that resulted in actor Patrick Dempsey being awarded over $20 million for the use of his image in commercials for the Volkswagen Golf GTI.
Avenatti also represented Janice Dickinson in her defamation suit against Bill Cosby for allegations he made about her; the case ended with a settlement on November 8, 2017. In 2018, Avenatti began to represent adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her legal case against Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen.