Gordon Caplan of Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Photo: Carmen Natale/ALM

Gordon Caplan, the co-chair of Willkie Farr & Gallagher who is now on leave after being indicted on allegations in the college admissions scandal, has turned to Ropes & Gray to defend him.

On Monday afternoon, Ropes & Gray partner Joshua Levy in Boston, co-chair of the firm’s global litigation and enforcement practice, entered an appearance representing Caplan. Additionally, Ropes & Gray partner Michael McGovern, co-chair of the firm’s government enforcement practice, is on the team representing Caplan. A Ropes & Gray alumni is among the team prosecuting the sprawling case.

Caplan is set to appear March 29 in Boston. Patrick Smith, a founding partner of New York’s Smith Villazor LLP is an attorney for Caplan.

In addition to news of Caplan’s attorneys, two Hollywood stars caught up in the scandal have turned to Big Law defenders at Latham & Watkins and Foley Hoag, according to new court documents filed Monday in Massachusetts.

Felicity Huffman has hired Martin Murphy of Foley Hoag, while Lori Loughlin has picked up a team from Latham & Watkins that includes William Trach, Sean Berkowitz and Perry Viscounty. The two actresses were among the celebrities and business leaders charged with taking part in an elaborate scheme that included paying bribes to coaches and test proctors, along with faking exam scores and falsifying student biographies, all in the name of getting their children into top colleges and universities.

Trach and Martin, who are both based in Boston, did not return messages seeking comment.

Loughlin and Huffman have initial court appearances set for noon on March 29 in Boston federal district court before Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley.


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This report was updated with additional names of lawyers representing defendants. Mike Scarcella contributed reporting from Washington.