• Gordon Caplan, Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s suspended co-chairman, is due to appear in Boston federal court April 3 to face charges related to the national college admissions scam. He recently hired Ropes & Gray to represent him. Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are due to appear in the same court, the same day, on similar charges. They’ve hired Latham & Watkins. (New York Law Journal)

  • Meanwhile, the line-up of law firms hired by wealthy parents nabbed in the scandal also includes Boies Schiller Flexner, Sidley Austin, and others. (BN via BLAW) Quinn Emanuel, Greenberg Traurig, and Dentons are among the latest Big Law firms to get clients who are implicated in the scandal. (BLAW via BLB)

  • And in other fall-out from the scandal, the Internal Revenue Service is getting new scrutiny because it never audited the charity that paid college admissions bribes. (BLAW)

  • In a more local scandal, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s job and law license could be at risk, as he faces revived sexual harassment accusations, according to reports. (IndyStar.com) (ABAJournal.com)

  • Gibson Dunn, Perkins Coie, and Lowenstein Sandler were all allegedly stiffed by Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey, for more than $250,000 in total unpaid legal fees, and she allegedly duped banks, credit card companies, hotels, and other companies, too, New York prosecutors said. Her case, soon to be the subject of TV shows, suggests firms need to do a better job of checking out their potential clients, observers said. (American Lawyer)

  • The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives hired another litigator to get ready for court fights with the Trump administration, former WilmerHale counsel Megan Barbero. Barbero, who since 2014 has been a Justice Department appellate lawyer, joins the House as associate general counsel. (National Law Journal)

  • Government-controlled mortgage giant Fannie Mae said it hired former Morgan Stanley top lawyer Stergios “Terry” Theologides as executive VP, general counsel, and corporate secretary effective March 28. According to his LinkedIn, Theologides’ previous roles include, among others, top lawyer at property data and analytics provider CoreLogic, Inc., and associate at O’Melveny & Myers. (PRNewswire.com)

  • A new statement signed by 65 top lawyers from major companies in the U.K. and Europe urges law firms to try harder to improve diversity of their legal staff. (LegalWeek.com)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Former Jones Day litigator Jacqueline “Jaci” Lee is the new top lawyer at Flynn Restaurant Group, the biggest U.S. restaurant franchise company, which operates Applebee’s, Panera’s, and Taco Bells. Lee got promoted to general counsel a little more than a year after joining the company. (Corporate Counsel)

  • As Ropes & Gray’s director of alumni relations, Judy Slovin’s job includes helping lawyers get jobs outside the firm, and it also includes helping lawyers return to the firm. (BLAW)

  • Willkie advised New York-based venture capital and private equity firm Insight Venture Partners on its minority investment in Atlanta-based PDI, which provides enterprise software to the convenience retail, wholesale petroleum, and logistics industries. (PE Hub Network)

  • Mayer Brown advised La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, an institutional investor, on its acquisition of a 27 percent stake in Hilco Global, an independent financial services group. (MayerBrown.com)

Laterals, Moves, Promotions

  • Barnes & Thornburg said veteran management-side worklaw attorney Mark Keenan joined the firm’s Atlanta office as a partner, arriving from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. (BTLaw.com)

  • Littler, the management-side employment and labor law firm, said litigator Peter Tschanz joined the firm as an associate in Indianapolis, arriving from Bingham Greenebaum Doll. (Littler.com)

  • Hogan Lovells said Ernst & Young principal Cristina Arumi, a specialist in taxation of real estate investment trusts, rejoined the firm as head of its U.S. REIT practice. Arumi had previously been at Hogan Lovells for 17 years, when she left for EY in 2013. (HoganLovells.com)

  • Baker McKenzie added Jackson Lewis management-side worklaw counsel Maureen Duffy to its North America employment & compensation practice in San Francisco. Duffy’s LinkedIn shows she spent close to three years at Baker McKenzie as an associate earlier in her career, and has been at Seyfarth Shaw, and in house at IBM. (BakerMckenzie.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • Plaintiffs firm Pomerantz said it filed an investors class action lawsuit in a New York federal court against Weight Watchers International, Inc. and some of its officers and directors. (GlobeNewswire.com) (BLAW)

  • Transamerica Life Insurance Co. has to defend against two policyholder groups’ lawsuit alleging it breached agreements by taking actions that increased their monthly premiums, after a California federal court rejected in part its motion to dismiss. New York litigation boutique Holwell Shuster & Goldberg is representing plaintiffs, which include LSH, an affiliate of the government-owned investment fund AIMCo, and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (LSH CO et al v. Transamerica Life Insurance Company, No. 2:18-cv-09711, N.D. Cal.) (Pacermonitor.com)


  • Most corporate legal departments have been slow to implement formal eDiscovery training, including large organizations in highly regulated and litigation-heavy industries, according to a recent survey report. (Legaltech News)

  • Facebook Inc. disclosed a flaw on its social network that made passwords of hundreds of millions of users visible to employees and said the issue has now been fixed. (BN via BLAW) The news comes as the Federal Trade Commission’s chief told Congress the agency will investigate technology companies’ collection and use of consumer data. (BN via BLAW)

Legal Education

  • New York University School of Law has the best U.S. tax law program, followed by the Georgetown University Law Center, and University of Florida Levin College of Law, according to U.S. News & Law Report’s latest rankings. (USNews.com) (Taxprof Blog) (AbovetheLaw.com)