Michael Avenatti is an American lawyer and entrepreneur who is currently serving a 20-year sentence in prison following multiple convictions, including fraud and embezzlement.

Avenatti is best known for representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against former President Donald Trump.

The lawsuit sought to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement regarding the alleged affair between Daniels and Trump. The case garnered significant media coverage and thrust Avenatti into the national spotlight.

Michael John Avenatti was born on February 16, 1971 in Sacramento, California. His childhood was spent in Colorado and Utah.

Michael Avenatti studied at Parkway Central High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Washington, D.C. in 2000. He earned his Juris Doctor degree at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.

Avenatti began his career at O'Melveny & Myers, a prestigious Los Angeles law firm, where he had the opportunity to work with prominent attorney Daniel M. Petrocelli.

In 2007, Avenatti founded his own law firm called Egan Avenatti, LLP, which later became Egan O'Malley & Avenatti, LLP.

Avenatti is known for his participation in several notable cases including a $454 million fraud verdict against Kimberly-Clark and Halyard Health, a high-profile class-action settlement against Service Corporation International, and a malicious prosecution settlement.

In addition to his interest in law, Avenatti is also known for his passion for auto racing. Since 2010, he has competed in approximately 33 professional sports car races in the United States and Europe, including events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Later that year, in December, he was sentenced to an additional 14 years for wire fraud and obstruction against the IRS, resulting in a total sentence of 20 years without the possibility of parole.