The New York Post - May 5, 2010
Long Island's Flashy Lawyer Dominic Barbara Arrested Over Divorce Spat
Police say he approached his ex-wife violating order of protection
WPIX by MIKE GRAHAM and ROB HOELL - May 5, 2010
GLEN COVE, N.Y. (WPIX) - Matrimonial attorney Dominic Barbara, who made headlines for representing infamous clients like Joey Buttafuoco, is now the subject of a scandal himself. The flamboyant lawyer was arrested Tuesday after he approached his ex-wife in a bagel shop in Glen Cove Sunday morning, violating an order of protection, police said. Barbara, 64, has been charged with criminal contempt after he allegedly sat down with his ex-wife Leslie while she was having coffee with a friend. Leslie Barbara told Newsday that her ex-husband brought a police officer with him and demanded she be arrested for stalking him. But the tables were turned two days later when Barbara was taken into custody. While in Glen Cove court Wednesday to finalize living arrangements over a posh home the two share, Barbara became agitated. At one point Judge Richard McCord ordered Barbara to stop staring at his ex-wife. "Stop staring at her, you are making me nervous," said McCord. "This is a sensitive matter, you're expressing emotions. I don't want it to explode into anything more than that." This is not the first public tête-à-tête between the two. Back in November 2008, Leslie was charged with second-degree menacing after Dominic claimed she threw a plate of spaghetti at his head. Those charges were later dropped. Late Wednesday both parties issued the following statement: "Dominic Barbara and Leslie Barbara reached an agreement. We feel this ends any issues between us, and the courts will not have to hear from us again." However, criminal charges are pending regarding the order of protection.
The gothamist.com by Jen Chung
Dominic Barbara, the flamboyant Long Island attorney who has represented Joey Buttafuoco, the guy who sued his wife for a kidney, and Diane Schuler's husband and is known for his appearances on the Howard Stern show, was arrested yesterday for allegedly violating an order of protection his ex-wife has against him. According to Newsday, he violated the order by "sitting down with his ex-wife Leslie, 45, while she was having coffee about 10:30 a.m. Sunday with a man at the Glen Cove Bagel Cafe." Barbara apparently had accused her of stalking him and actually wanted the cops to arrest her. Back in 2008, Howard Stern said that Barbara and his ex-wife wanted him on their side of the divorce dispute, "Let me explain to you and your wife: No one cares!"
Donated Kidney is Center of Divorce Dispute
The gothamist.com by Jen Chung
A Long Island doctor is demanding that his estranged wife give him back the kidney he donated to her seven years ago. Dr. Richard Batista's lawyer Dominic Barbara says his client would also be satisfied with the value of the kidney: $1.5 million. Newsday reports that Batista married wife Dawnell in 1990 and that he donated the kidney in 2001. According to Batista, their marriage was on the rocks then, but "My first priority was to save her life. The second bonus was to turn the marriage around." Dawnell Batista filed for divorce in 2005. Dr. Batista told WCBS 880, "She had an affair, then would not reconcile, then handed me divorce papers as I was going into surgery trying to save another person's life. Medical ethicists tells Newsday "the case is a nonstarter."Arthur Caplan at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics said Batista's chances of getting his kidney or money back is "somewhere between impossible and completely impossible." And Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics medical ethicist Robert Veatch said, "it's illegal for an organ to be exchanged for anything of value" and organ donation is legally a gift.