High school superintendents are not regular clients for most partners at Am Law 100 firms.
But there is nothing regular about the charges facing Thomas Tramaglini, a superintendent at a school in Kenilworth, New Jersey, who has been dubbed the “mystery pooper,” and has retained Fox Rothschild white-collar compliance and defense co-chair Matthew Adams to represent him.
Tramaglini faces charges of lewdness, littering and public defecation stemming from his alleged repeated soiling of a high school track and football field near his Garden State home. The case has garnered national attention.
“He’s entitled to his day in court,” said Adams, who works out of Fox Rothschild’s relatively new office in Morristown, New Jersey, in a brief interview Friday. “I think the level of attention the case has garnered, for him, in some ways has been unfair. And I look forward to adjudicating the manner in a courtroom.”
Local news reports note that Tramaglini was “caught in the act” at the Holmdel High School football field after surveillance equipment was set up to find out who was responsible for human feces being found there “on a daily basis.”
Tramaglini is scheduled to be in court Monday morning.
In Adams, Tramaglini will have at his side a lawyer who was named co-leader of his firm’s white-collar practice last month. Adams has earned a slew of awards from local publications as an up-and-coming litigator. Adams made partner at Fox Rothschild in 2013 after graduating from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 2007.
It is the second noteworthy representation a Fox Rothschild partner has obtained this month.
Fox Rothschild partner Andrew Santana is representing the winner or winners of a $200 million after-tax cash prize from the Pennsylvania Lottery. Santana signed the winning ticket on behalf of a trust, stating the winners wanted to maintain anonymity and normalcy in their lives.
Unfortunately for Adams, the cat appears to be out of the bag in that regard for his client. Tramaglini has taken a leave of absence in the wake of the charges against him, but he will continue to collect his nearly $150,000 in annual salary, according to news reports.