Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to U.S. President Donald Trump, in Manhattan, NY. Michael Cohen Takes a Phone Call. April 2018. Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to U.S. President Donald Trump, takes a phone call near his temporary residence at the Loews Regency hotel on Park Ave on April 13, 2018 in Manhattan, New York, following FBI raids to his home, office and hotel room. Although he had been placed under criminal investigation by the Department of Justice and was called to appear in Federal Court that day, Cohen did not attend his initial court hearing. In December, Cohen received a three-year prison sentence and a $50,000 fine after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations at the direction of Trump, lying about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, as well as tax and bank fraud.