Alina Habba, a lawyer, is representing former President Donald Trump in a civil defamation case brought by writer E. Jean Carroll. The trial started with jury selection earlier this week.
During the trial, Habba broke a gag order by making comments that suggested Carroll was not sexually assaulted. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, overseeing the case, strongly reprimanded her. Habba also had a problematic cross-examination, drawing further criticism from the judge.
Lawrence O’Donnell, an MSNBC anchor, dubbed Habba “the current front-runner” for the title of “worst lawyer in the world” after she admitted in court that she doesn’t “know how to try this case.”
Who Is Alina Habba’s Husband? Meet Alina Habba Ex Husband and Children
Alina Habba was once wedded to Matthew T. Eyet. They separated in 2020, and Alina entered into a new marriage. Matthew Eyet, a tax attorney, operates his own legal practice in New Jersey.
Alina Habba is currently married to entrepreneur Gregg Reuben, and they tied the knot in 2020. Reuben is a graduate of Harvard Business School and serves as the CEO of Centerpark, a New York City-based company specializing in parking management.
With over 25 years of experience in the parking management industry, he is estimated to have a net worth ranging from $2 to $5 million.
The couple has three children, and they have recently made headlines due to financial issues, including facing over $1 million in liens and warrants.
Get to Know Alina Habba: Biography
Born on March 25, 1984, Alina Saad Habba is an American lawyer and the Managing Partner of Habba, Madaio & Associates LLP. The firm, based in Bedminster, New Jersey, and with an office in New York City, is currently representing former US president Donald Trump.
Habba also serves as a senior advisor for MAGA, Inc., which is Trump’s Super PAC. Habba and her two siblings were born in Summit, New Jersey, to Chaldean Catholic parents who had emigrated from Iraq in the early 1980s to escape persecution.
Her father, Saad F. Habba, is a gastroenterologist. After graduating from Kent Place School in 2002, Habba earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Lehigh University in 2005.
Following her time in the fashion industry, working in accessories production and marketing with executives at Marc Jacobs, she decided to attend law school for financial reasons. In 2010, she obtained a Juris Doctor from the Widener University Commonwealth Law School.
Post-law school, Habba served as a law clerk to Eugene J. Codey Jr., the then Presiding Judge of the Civil Superior Court in Essex County, New Jersey, from September 2010 to September 2011.
Subsequently, she joined Tompkins, McGuire, Wachenfeld & Barry, LLP, as an associate from September 2011 to February 2013. From February 2013 to March 2020, she was an equity partner and the Managing Partner of Sandelands Eyet LLP.
In March 2020, Habba founded her own firm, Habba, Madaio and Associates LLP, with offices in Bedminster, New Jersey, and Manhattan.
She is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and has served as lead counsel in various cases, including a federal class action suit against a New Jersey nursing home.
In 2019, Habba joined the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, where she became acquainted with Donald Trump. In September 2021, she replaced several well-established lawyers and became part of Trump’s legal team.
Notably, she filed a $100 million lawsuit against the New York Times on Trump’s behalf, which was later dismissed by the judge. Habba also represented Trump in a defamation lawsuit filed by Summer Zervos, where she filed a countersuit claiming interference with Trump’s right to free speech.
The lawsuit was discontinued by Zervos in November 2021. Habba continued to represent Trump in various legal cases, including one where he was investigated for falsely representing the value of his assets on Statements of Net Worth.
In August 2022, Trump refused to answer questions during a deposition, pleading the Fifth Amendment over 450 times. In February 2022, Habba unsuccessfully attempted to prevent Trump from giving a sworn statement in an investigation led by New York Attorney General James.
She was also sued by a former employee in July 2022, and the lawsuit was settled out of court in September 2022.
In September 2022, a lawsuit brought by Habba for Trump against Hillary Clinton and others was dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks, who later sanctioned the Trump lawyers, including Habba.
In 2022, Trump’s Save America political action committee paid Habba’s firm almost $2 million in legal fees. In January 2024, she predicted that Justice Brett Kavanaugh would support Trump’s case in Trump v. Anderson.
Habba is currently the lead attorney for the E. Jean Carroll v. Donald J. Trump trial that began on January 16, 2024.