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When news broke of the U.S. Department of Justice’s prosecution of 50 people charged in a nationwide college admissions scheme, Law.com knew the story was big. What we discovered moments later was that a top lawyer from an elite law firm was one of those charged, making the story even more powerful for our readers. In this Instant Insights, we show the ripple effects of the case to the legal community.

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Michael Cohen and Gordon Caplan. Photos: Diego M. Radzinschi/Carmen Natale.

This is one way of making yourself into a brand.

Until that huge college admissions scandal broke just over 24 hours ago, I bet most of you didn’t know Gordon Caplan existed. Sure, he was a muckety-muck at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where, until just a few hours ago, he was serving as co-chair. And, yeah, he got industry accolades like being named American Lawyer’s “Dealmaker of the Year” in 2018 and getting a public service award from Fordham University School of Law in 2016, but who remembers that stuff?

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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