NEW YORK (Agencies): Alina Habba, an Iraqi attorney and managing partner at New York law firm Habba Madaio and Associates, has been one of Donald Trump’s most vocal defenders in recent years, often appearing on television news programs to defend the former president. Habba, whose Chaldean Catholic parents fled Iraq in the early 1980s to escape religious persecution, has worked on several legal battles surrounding Trump.
One of the most high-profile cases that Habba has worked on was the $100 million lawsuit filed by Trump against his niece, Mary Trump, and The New York Times Company. Trump accused them of “an insidious plot” and conspiracy to publish information about his tax records. Habba represented Trump in the case, which was eventually dismissed by a judge. Habba has also represented Trump in a defamation lawsuit brought against him by E. Jean Carroll, a former Elle magazine columnist who accused the former president of sexually assaulting her in New York in the mid-1990s. Trump has repeatedly denied the allegation. He was deposed in October last year by attorneys representing Carroll.
In addition, Habba was among the legal team that advised Trump during a federal investigation into allegations he mishandled classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. His home was raided by FBI agents and boxes of documents allegedly containing classified and secret documents were removed.
Trump was indicted on over 30 counts in Manhattan in relation to allegations that he paid “hush money” to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to prevent her from disclosing details of their relationship. Habba has been one of his most tenacious defenders throughout the legal battles surrounding these allegations, often speaking out on his behalf.
Despite her strong support for Trump, Habba has also faced criticism for some of her comments. In a recent interview, she compared Trump’s legal problems to those of African American rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., and said his arrest would serve only to boost his popularity, a view that many conservative commentators have embraced.
Overall, Habba’s legal expertise covers many types of cases, including corporate litigation and formation, commercial real estate, family law, the financial services industry, and construction-related matters. Before entering private practice, she was a law clerk for Eugene J. Codey, Jr., the presiding judge of the Civil Superior Court in Essex County, New Jersey. Despite the controversy surrounding her defense of Trump, she remains one of the most respected and sought-after attorneys in the legal profession today.

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