Philadelphia partner Larry Fox was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer in an article on the dispute over the wife of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery receiving referral-fee payments for connecting law firms with clients while employed by the courts.
While the couple’s lawyers says the fees were routine and proper, the high court's chief justice, Ronald D. Castille, questioned Rapaport's making referrals, saying they raised the potential for "conflicts of interest and the appearance of impropriety arising from a judge's staff employee practicing law while receiving fair compensation while employed in a judicial chamber, and especially in a judicial chamber."
When contacted by The Inquirer, Larry said he saw no obligation for McCaffery to tell other litigants about the fees his wife received, but he said he agreed completely with Castille's objections and that Rapaport should not have been paid for the referrals while employed by the courts.
"I think he's right," said Larry. He added that although it would be unfair to limit the ability of spouses of lawyers to practice law, "it looks different because she's in his chambers."
"She's a public servant," he said.