Criminal Justice

NY Divorce Attorney Charged re Claimed Threat to Expose Ex-Wife's Alleged Affair with Law Partner

A New York matrimonial lawyer known for his representation of celebrity clients is facing criminal charges for allegedly stalking and harassing his ex-wife and attempting to extort $200,000 by threatening to make public her claimed affair with a law firm partner.

Dominic Barbara, 67, was arrested Tuesday and charged with stalking, harassment and attempted fourth-degree grand larceny, the New York Post reports. His law license was previously suspended.

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen M. Rice said Barbara called and texted not only his ex but the law partner with whom he claimed she was involved and his ex’s friends and clients, first to try to persuade her to ante up, and then to destroy her reputation and her career when she didn’t, according to the Post and the Garden City Patch.

“This was a cold-hearted campaign of harassment and threats, designed to put money in the defendant’s pockets and he didn’t care how many lives he destroyed along the way,” said Rice. She said Barbara also threatened to file false police reports, seek a protective order without basis and sue his wife civilly.

The articles don’t include any comment from Barbara or his legal counsel.

Earlier coverage: “Accused of Violating Court Order, Prominent Divorce Lawyer Reaches Pact with His Ex-Wife”

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