A woman with big boobs who sat in a courtroom was the subject of a complaint by a US attorney who claims she was put there to distract the jury.

Chicago brief, Thomas Gooch, made a direct complaint to Cook County Circuit Judge Anita Rivkin-Carothers, saying the busty woman sitting next to opposing lawyer Dmitry Feofanov was serving no purpose other than “drawing the attention of the jury away from the relevant proceedings”.

However, Feofanov stood by his argument that the woman – identified in court documents as Daniella Atencia – was his paralegal.

In a pretrial motion, he claimed Gooch had no “good faith legal argument” as to why she should not have been present during the trial.

But Gooch replied, saying that his complaint was not based on the fact she was buxom, but because he did not believe she was professionally qualified. “Personally, I like large breasts,” Gooch said.

“However, I object to somebody I don’t think is a qualified paralegal sitting at the counsel table – when there’s already two lawyers there – dressed in such a fashion as to call attention to herself.”

The case, which is due to go to trial on June 2 is a small claims case relating to a dispute over a used car.

The row over the presence of Atencia, who Gooch asked the judge to send to the public gallery because he believes his opponent is conducting “a sham”, continues.