Ivana Trump, Melinda Gates, and Marla Maples.

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One of the divorce lawyers hired by Melinda Gates previously worked for former President Donald Trump’s first two wives, Ivana Trump and Marla Maples. 

Robert Cohen is one of three lawyers hired by Melinda Gates in her divorce from Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, according to the BBC.

The couple announced Monday that they were ending their 27-year marriage “after a great deal of thought,” according to a statement from Bill Gates. 

As well as Trump and Maples, Cohen has represented former Mayor Michael Bloomberg New York City, “Sopranos” actor James Gandolfini, comedian Chris Rock, actress Uma Thurman, and Charlotte Sarkozy — an in-law of the former French president — according to legal research firm Chambers and Partners.

According to the BBC, Bill Gates has hired three lawyers based in Los Angeles.

Cohen works as a founding partner at the New York City firm Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP. He’s also taught a course called the “Anatomy of Divorce” at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, The Wall Street Journal reported. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed him to New York’s Judicial Screening Committee in 2016, which evaluates the fitness of candidates for judicial service. 

In a bio provided to Chambers and Partners, Cohen said he resolves the “most sensitive and important disputes quietly, efficiently, and without publicity or fanfare.” Bill Gates’ Monday statement has asked for “space and privacy” as the divorce is negotiated. 

But the twists and turns of Ivana and Donald Trump’s divorce, finalized in 1992, were accompanied by a media frenzy, often making the front page of the real-estate magnate’s favorite tabloid The New York Post.

The settlement netted Ivana $14 million, a 45-room mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, an apartment in Trump Plaza, and the use of Mar-a-Lago for one month a year, according to The New …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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