Michael Cohen was just another lawyer on one of Donald Trumps numerous properties and chances are that there are lots of them, but when the Long Island-born attorney took it upon himself to wade into a tussle between one of Trump’s property management companies and residents, Trump took notice.
A fan of bullish and loyal lieutenants, Trump was endeared to Cohen’s style and that was the beginning of a lifelong alliance. Cohen held many key positions within the Trump Organization and was the go-to man if the Trump needed a tough guy to get issues sorted. Widely seen as the Presidents’ fixer, Cohen is known to go the extra mile if needed to get his bosses’ agenda executed.
For more than 10 years, Michael Cohen was Donald Trump‘s personal attorney and image protector.
Michael Cohen Bio (Age)
Michael Cohen was born on the 25th of August 1966 to a Jewish father – Maurice Cohen, who was a survivor of the Holocaust. His mother, Sandra, was a practicing nurse and he grew up in the town of Lawrence on Long Island. Micheal attended the Lawrence Woodmere Academy after which he proceeded to the private United Methodist-affiliated American University in Washington, D.C where he obtained a bachelors degree. He earned his Law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1991.
Classmates of Cohen in Law School claim he wasn’t necessarily the brightest of students and never fancied himself to have a stellar career at the pinnacle of the legal profession. In 1992, he started working for Melvyn Estrin in Manhattan as a personal injury lawyer. Alongside his legal practice, he ventured into managing taxis in New York.
Cohen has business interests in real estate and in 2003, he was CEO of MLA Cruises, Inc., and the Atlantic Casino. He had an uneventful foray into politics in 2003, when he ran a seat at the New York City Council but was defeated by the Democratic candidate, Eva S. Moskowitz.
Prior to joining the Trump Organization in 2006, Michael Cohen worked briefly as a lawyer to Phillips Nizer LLP. At the Trump Organization, Cohen speedily rose through to become special counsel and Executive Vice President with also a seat on the board of the Eric Trump Foundation.
In 2008, when Trump purchased majority shareholding at Martial Arts and Entertainment Company, Affliction Entertainment, Cohen was named COO. He also served as co-president at an affiliate company running Trump’s casino businesses in New Jersey.
When his boss joined the race for Presidency, Cohen jumped into the ring with him and was a key part of the campaign, making appearances on national talk shows, campaigning and shedding more light on Trump’s policy standpoints.
After Trump won the elections, Cohen left his job at the Trump Organization but retained his role as his personal counsel. He was also appointed Deputy National finance chair of the Republican National Committee’s tasked with Party fundraising.
Investigations and Controversies
In January 2017, Michael Cohen was named in the Trump–Russia dossier, a document by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, that alleges that there was a ploy to interfere with elections with the connivance of elements within the Trump team. The report claims Cohen was in Prague in 2016 to fast-track a cover-up that would be considered illegal.
In 2018, Cohen found himself entangled in more controversy when a Wall Street Journal published that he paid porn star, Stormy Daniels, the sum of $130,000 in 2016 as “hush money” for her affair with Trump. Cohen claims he made the payment from his pocket without Trump’s knowledge.
In April 2018, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York initiated a Federal criminal investigation against Micheal Cohen with charges of violations of campaign finance law, bank, and wire fraud. The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen’s office at the law firm, his home, and his hotel room in the Loews Regency Hotel, New York City – a move that infuriated the President who feels the protection of attorney-client privilege is under attack.
Wife, Daughter, Family
In 1994, Michael Cohen married Ukraine-born, Laura Shusterman. The couple is blessed with two children – a daughter, Samantha Cohen and son, Jake Cohen. Jake is a student at the University of Miami and would be graduating in 2022. His sister, Samantha attends the University of Pennsylvania. Cohen’s parents-in-law, Ania and Fima Shusterman, own property in the Trump Towers in New York.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Michael Cohen stands at 6 feet 1 inches (1.85m). He presently weighs 70 kg. His Chest measures 48 inches, Waist – 34 inches, Biceps – 16 inches
Other Facts About Michael Cohen
- According to the New York Times, Cohen always carries a licensed pistol in an ankle holster.
- Micheal Cohen is said to be worth $10 million. His investments range from Real Estate to owning a fleet of taxis in New York City. He owns more than 200 taxi medallions managed for him by Gene Friedman. However, the licenses to operate in New York have been revoked
- Beyond working for Trump, Cohen is a lifelong Trump fan. He admits to reading Trump’s book Art of the Deal twice as a young teenager.
- Cohen is a lover of flashy automobiles. As a University student, he drove a Porsche and he is said to own a Bentley.
- Micheal’s younger brother, Bryan is also married to a Ukrainian.