Keeping Abreast of Trial: Chicago Lawyer Moves To Exclude Opponent’s “Large Breasted” Assistant

Thomas W. Gooch III of Gauthier & Gooch in Chicago has achieved a degree of national notoriety in a motion to force his opponent Dmitry Feofanov to get rid of a “large breasted woman” who has appeared with him at counsel’s table. Gooch suggests that Feofanov is trying to use something erotic to defeat his client, Exotic Motors. He insists that the woman has no known legal function and is meant to distract the jurors, but Feofanov insists that she is a trained paralegal. The dispute is over the car dealership’s warranty on a used Cadillac.

Here is part of the motion as shown on Jezebel below:

Now Comes your Defendant, Exotic Motors, by and through their attorneys, Gauthier & Gooch, and as for their Motion as aforesaid states to the Court as follows:

1. That Defendant’s counsel is anecdotally familiar with the tactics and theatrics of Plaintiff’s counsel, [redacted]. Such behavior includes having a large breasted woman sit next to him at counsel’s table during the course of the trial. There is no evidence whatsoever that this woman has any legal training whatsoever, and the sole purpose of her presence at Plaintiff’s Counsel’s table is to draw the attention of the jury away from the relevant proceedings before this court, obviously prejudicing the Defendant’s in this or any other cause. Until it is shown that this woman has any sort of legal background, she should be required to sit in the gallery with the rest of the spectators and be barred from sitting at counsel’s table during the course of this trial.

I am not sure of the proper term for such a motion but a motion in limine Lingerie would appear the closest option. This Dolly Parton motion has little chance of success unless judges want to start setting guidelines on trial-appropriate body ratios. While the firm bills itself as “aggressive litigators,” this may have been a bit too aggressive and suggestive for the tastes of the court.

Source: Jezebelas first seen on ABA Journal

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    Cuba Township highway commissioner charged with battering worker

    Cuba Township official denies argument became physical
    By Eric Peterson
    Lake County sheriff’s police arrested Cuba Township Highway Commissioner Thomas W. Gooch on a misdemeanor battery charge March 11 after a township office worker claimed he yanked her hair.

    Gooch, 62, of the 23000 block of Old Barrington Road in Lake Barrington, disputed the 49-year-old woman’s allegations, saying he had only an argument with her about her son — who also worked for him — failing to come to work that day.

    “I expect to be found not guilty of the offense,” said Gooch, also a Wauconda-based attorney and a former Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District trustee. “Nobody could be more shocked than I at these allegations.”

    According to a Lake County sheriff’s report, a deputy was called to the Cuba Township offices near Lake Barrington at 3:47 p.m. March 11.

    The woman told the deputy Gooch had pulled her hair and yanked out her earring after a day of arguing. The woman said she and Gooch were friends, but not romantically involved.

    Much of the day’s arguments, the woman reported, stemmed from Gooch being upset she wasn’t wearing the “friendship ring” he had given her several months before.

    According to her statement, Gooch was standing by the door as she was leaving for the day about 3:30 p.m. when pulled her hair as she approached, causing the large hoop earring in her left ear to come out.

    She alleges Gooch then swore at her and said something like “the world does not revolve around you and don’t let the door slam behind you.”

    The woman said she then went to her car. While she was inside, she said, Gooch pushed his face against the window and began yelling at her. She then called police as Gooch returned to the building, she said.

    Gooch describes the events very differently.

    “I tugged on her hair in a playful way and said, ‘Monday will be a better day,’” he said.

    He denies that her earring was ripped out, adding that there was no sign of injury and that he never followed her out.

    “That didn’t happen at all,” Gooch said. “She sat in the car with the windows rolled up. I didn’t know what she was doing. I saw her from the kitchen window talking on her cell phone.”

    The deputy reported that the woman at first wanted only to document the altercation, not charge Gooch. But after returning from interviewing Gooch, the officer said the woman had changed her mind, stating that Gooch was a “bully” who needed to “learn a lesson.” She added that if the officer didn’t arrest Gooch and take him to jail, he “must be friends with him.”

    Gooch said he fired the woman after learning she intended to file charges.

    “The saddest part about it was she was good at her job,” he said.

    Cuba Township Supervisor David Nelson said no other township official has any authority over Gooch, his office or his employees.

    “He runs his highway department independently of the township,” Nelson said.

    Gooch is scheduled to appear in court on the charge Friday.

    The charge is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a maximum year in jail and $2,500 fine.
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  3. I am waiting for the jury to break out in a chorus from the way we were……Mammories…..they Way We Were…..

  4. What does this woman look like ???? The (male) world wants to know! Reminds me of a story a number of years ago about some overly-endowed woman who worked on Wall Street. She used to take walks near the office, and was puzzled after a time as to why so many men were hanging out along her route….

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