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Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels, arrives at the Daniel P. Moynihan Courthouse in Manhattan for a hearing in front of Judge Kimba Wood regarding a search warrant that was executed at the home, hotel and office of Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen. Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels, arrives at the Daniel P. Moynihan Courthouse in Manhattan for a hearing in front of Judge Kimba Wood regarding a search warrant that was executed at the home, hotel and office of Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen.  Photo: David Handschuh/ALM

Michael Avenatti has a new lawyer.

The disgraced California attorney, facing criminal charges of extortion, bank fraud and tax fraud, appeared in court Wednesday, represented by a new lawyer: H. Dean Steward. Steward is a criminal defense lawyer who was in charge of the federal public defender’s office in Orange County, California, for 12 years.

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Amanda Bronstad

Amanda Bronstad is the ALM staff reporter covering class actions and mass torts nationwide. She writes the email dispatch Critical Mass. She is based in Los Angeles.

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