Rebecca Roiphe, a former prosecutor and a New York Law School professor specializing in legal ethics, said she expected some clients to leave Willkie Farr because of the charges against Caplan, which in April was called a "deal maker" "of the year" by the American lawyer, a trading magazine. But she said the case could give potential customers a reason to question the company's culture and its process of choosing lawyers to lead the company.
"They chose to get this person to represent the firm, "Roiphe said.
Charging documents filed by federal prosecutors describes how parents were willing to pay William Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network, a college preparatory up to $ 75,000 to arrange for cheating on standardized tests or hundreds of thousands of dollars to bribe college coaches to recruit a student, Mr. Singer, who has pleaded guilty to accusations, including ra cketing of conspiracy and obstruction of justice, cooperation with the investigation.
Mr. Hodge paid more than half a million dollars to get two of his kids to the University of Southern California, according to the prosecutors, who also said his discussions with Mr. Singer had been caught on secret recordings.
Herr. Caplan was also caught on a leash, the authorities said. In the discussion of the scheme to improve his daughter's college entrance examination score of $ 75,000, prosecutors said, Caplan asked Mr. Singer several times if someone has been "caught" or "ever had a problem with this."  At one point, the prosecutors said, he told Singer: "Remember I am a lawyer. So I'm kind of regular."