Gordon Caplan, the former Willkie Farr & Gallagher co-chairman who was arrested on charges related to a college admissions scam, is scheduled to appear in Boston federal court on April 3, alongside a cameo by actress Lori Loughlin.
Caplan, who was placed on leave by his firm last week after charges that he spent $75,000 to rig his daughter’s standardized college entrance exam, is set to appear that afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Page Kelley in Boston’s federal court for an initial court appearance there.
He shares that court date and time with Loughlin, perhaps better known as Aunt Becky on “Full House,” and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli. Those two are facing charges that they spent more than $500,000 on bribes to have their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California.
Caplan had requested his appearance be pushed back from a previously scheduled March 29 hearing on account of one of his lawyers from Ropes & Gray having a travel conflict. The magistrate judge granted that request Thursday.
After his March 12 arrest, Caplan initially appeared before Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein in the Southern District of New York and was released on a $500,000 bond.
Caplan has hired Ropes & Gray partners Joshua Levy, co-chairman of the firm’s global litigation and enforcement practice, and Michael McGovern, co-chairman of the firm’s government enforcement practice. Caplan has also retained Patrick Smith of New York litigation boutique Smith Villazor. A Ropes & Gray alumna is on the team prosecuting the case.
As for Loughlin and Giannulli, they are represented by a team of Latham & Watkins lawyers, including William Trach, Sean Berkowitz and Perry Viscounty. Trach and Viscounty are based in Boston while Berkowitz, based in Chicago, is global co-chairman of Latham’s complex commercial litigation practice.
Levy and Berkowitz did not immediately return messages seeking comment on their clients’ appearances.
Meanwhile, other large law firms have also made appearances this week for individuals charged in the 50-defendant case.
A. John Pappalardo, a Boston shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, has appeared for Devin Sloane, an executive at a Los Angeles water treatment company who allegedly conspired to bribe a college athletic director to designate his son for a water polo team.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partners William Weinreb and Michael Packard, along with Dentons counsel Christine Genaitis, have appeared for Robert Flaxman, co-founder and CEO of real estate development company Crown Realty & Development. He was charged with participating in both a college recruitment scheme and an entrance exam scheme.