The hearing before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of New York was originally scheduled as a check-in on the privilege review process being handled by attorneys for Michael Cohen.
But it was Michael Avenatti, attorney for adult film actress Stephanie Clifford aka Stormy Daniels, who ended up taking up most of the time. More specifically, it was Avenatti’s pro hac vice motion to appear in the Southern District, which has been actively and, during the hearing, vocally opposed by Cohen’s attorney, McDermott Will & Emery attorney Stephen Ryan.
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