Attorney Mark Geragos has had a long career representing high-profile clients including Michael Jackson, Colin Kaepernick and Jussie Smollett. Now he might need a defense attorney himself after being named Monday in a case accusing lawyer Michael Avenatti of trying to extort Nike.

Geragos is not charged with a crime but people familiar with the Avenatti investigation confirm he’s named as an unidentified co-conspirator. The 61-year-old celebrity lawyer hasn’t responded to requests for comment.

Geragos has defended headline-grabbing cases involving Winona Ryder, Chris Brown and Scott Peterson.

File - In this Jan. 16, 2004 file photo, Michael Jackson looks for his umbrella as he talks to his defense attorney Mark Geragos, left, as they arrive at the courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif. (AP Photo/Spencer Weiner, pool, file)
File – In this Jan. 16, 2004 file photo, Michael Jackson looks for his umbrella as he talks to his defense attorney Mark Geragos, left, as they arrive at the courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif. (AP Photo/Spencer Weiner, pool, file)

Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson says Geragos is “in many ways the face of the legal profession” because of his longtime tenure as a legal analyst for CNN. The network said Monday that it has cut ties with Geragos.

File - In this March 17, 2014, file photo, R&B singer Chris Brown, left, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court with his attorney Mark Geragos. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool)
File – In this March 17, 2014, file photo, R&B singer Chris Brown, left, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court with his attorney Mark Geragos. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, Pool)