Prominent attorney accused of assault, trying to trade sex for custody favors

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David Pasulka


A prominent Chicago attorney once told a woman he would tell a judge to give her full custody of her children — but only if she had sex with him, according to disciplinary charges filed by officials with the Illinois attorney registration committee.

David Pasulka told the mother that “in order to receive his support in recommending that she receive sole custody, she only had to ‘do a little extra something,‘” the complaint alleges.

Pasulka, a well-known family law practitioner who until recently chaired a screening committee for court-appointed child advocacy attorneys, also is accused of sexual misconduct against multiple female subordinates, according to the complaint.

Due to the allegations in the ARDC complaint, which was made public last week, Pasulka was taken off the county’s list of approved court-appointed child representatives by the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division Grace Dickler, according to an internal email provided by the spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Judge. Dickler also suspended Pasulka’s participation in any other of the division’s court committees.

Mary Wisniewski, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Chief Judge, said court officials could not provide comment on the complaint as it is a pending matter.

The Tribune could not reach Pasulka for comment Thursday; he told CBS 2 he denies all allegations and feels he is being “dragged through the mud.”

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