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Willkie Farr Co-Chair Placed On Leave in College Scandal (1)

March 13, 2019, 6:27 PMUpdated: March 13, 2019, 8:50 PM

Willkie Farr & Gallagher placed co-chair Gordon R. Caplan on leave over his alleged involvement in a college admission bribery scandal, the Big Law firm said on Wednesday.

In its first public comment since Caplan was named along with Hollywood actors, executives and others in a federal indictment, Willkie said in a statement that the matter was personal and didn’t involve the firm or its clients.

Caplan will have no further management responsibilities and chairmen, Steven Gartner and Thomas Cerabino, and the Executive Committee will continue to manage the firm, the statement said.

Caplan’s a partner in the private equity practice group and corporate and financial services department.

He and dozens of others, including actor Lori Loughlin, have been implicated by the Justice Department in a criminal conspiracy to bribe college admissions officials to gain admission for their children to top universities.

Caplan was arrested on Tuesday and released on $500,000 bail after appearing in Manhattan federal court. Caplan’s attorneys, Patrick Smith and Peter S. Cane, declined comment.

Loughlin was arrested Wednesday for allegedly paying $500,000 to ensure her daughters’ admission the University of Southern California.

Latham & Watkins attorney Perry J. Viscounty, who is representing Loughlin, also didn’t comment on the matter beyond confirming his representation.

Viscounty handles IP and technology litigation with an emphasis on complex jury trials, according to his firm bio.

His other high-profile clients include Tesla, Apple, Boeing, musician Paula Abdul, and architect Frank Gehry.

Viscounty attended USC as an undergrad and for law school.