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After FBI Raid, Squire Says It Severed Ties to Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen

[caption id="attachment_13752" align="alignnone" width="620"] Attorney Michael Cohen arrives at Trump Tower in New York on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo: John Taggart/Bloomberg)[/caption] Squire Patton Boggs said Monday that it had ended its formal working relationship with Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, following an FBI raid on Cohen's offices in New York. "The firm’s arrangement with Mr. Cohen reached its conclusion, mutually and in accordance with the terms of the agreement," the firm said in a statement. "We have been in contact with federal authorities regarding their execution of a warrant relating to Mr. Cohen. These activities do not relate to the firm and we are in full cooperation." Cohen, a longtime personal lawyer to the president, formed a strategic alliance with Squire Patton in April 2017. Details of the business partnership between Cohen and Squire Patton were sparse, however, the firm announced that Cohen would help "advance the interests" of the firm's clients and work with its notable lineup of lobbyists. As recently as Feb. 15, the firm indicated to The National Law Journal that its strategic alliance with Cohen was still in place. As of Monday afternoon, the firm's press release trumpeting the partnership last year was no longer visible on the firm's website. The firm did not answer questions about exactly when its alliance with Cohen finally ended, or whether Monday's FBI raid took place at the firm's offices. FBI officials on Monday reportedly swarmed Cohen's offices at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, as well as a hotel where Cohen was staying. Squire Patton is one of several law firms with offices at Rockefeller Center. Cohen is involved in multiple ongoing legal controversies involving Russian meddling into the 2016 election and a porn star claiming to have received hush money to keep quiet of her affair with President Donald Trump. Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan of McDermott Will & Emery, blasted the raid, which he said was motivated by a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. Read More: FBI Raids the Offices of Trump's Personal Attorney, Michael Cohen Squire Patton Boggs Strikes Alliance With Trump's Lawyer