The suspension came after 20 prior sanctions from 1988 to 2009, with the Appellate Division citing the “avalanche of Grievance Committee sanctions” as a motivating factor. Barbara, who primarily did matrimonial and criminal law, was also involved in a high profile personal injury matter last year regarding the death of eight people on the Taconic Parkway from a drunk and stoned driver going the wrong way.
His notoriety stems from handling high profile clients such as Joey Buttafuco and Jessica Hahn, and frequent call-in appearances to the Howard Stern show.
The Law Journal quotes Barbara as saying,
“The Appellate Division has a very difficult job to do ruling on what the findings of the grievance committee are and I’m sure what they did, they felt was right…I’ve been a lawyer for 40 years, and am 65 years old, and it’s just a sad way to end my career. But, on the other hand, life goes on.”