On Tuesday, November 28, 2023, Attorney David T. Shulick was permanently disbarred from practicing law in New Jersey after being convicted on embezzlement and tax evasion charges in 2018.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of David T. Shulick,” with case no. 088781.
Shulick had his law license suspended in May 2018 while criminal proceedings were underway. He was charged for his role in embezzling over $750,000 from the School District of Philadelphia between 2010 and 2012.
Federal prosecutors alleged that Shulick, as owner of Unique Educational Experiences, Inc., secured funding from the school district by promising to provide counseling, support services, and school security for at-risk students. However, Shulick hid the true costs of the services by submitting false budgets containing inflated salaries and benefits that were never paid out. The embezzled funds were instead used by Shulick for personal renovations on his homes.
A jury convicted Shulick of all counts in May 2018 after a trial. He was sentenced that September to 60 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III. Judge Bartle noted Shulick had abused the trust placed in him and failed to provide the promised services to students despite receiving taxpayer money.
In addition to the embezzlement, Shulick was also found to have participated in a scheme to defraud PNC Bank in relation to a defaulted loan of co-conspirator Chaka Fattah Jr. He was further convicted of filing false federal tax returns from 2009 to 2011 where he failed to report all income and improperly claimed home renovation expenses as business costs.
On November 28, 2023, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an order disbarring Shulick from practicing law in the state. The order accepted Shulick’s consent to be permanently removed from the bar. Any funds he held in New Jersey financial institutions related to his law practice were also turned over.
Shulick must also comply with rules for disbarred attorneys, which prohibits him from providing legal services or representing that he is an active member of the bar.
According to superlawyers.com, Mr. Shulick was a general litigation attorney in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. He attended the Temple University Beasley School of Law, graduating in 1994. He acquired his law license in New Jersey in the same year.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.