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Joseph Douglas Barics

Divorce and separation Attorney at Commack, NY

4.2   17 reviews

also known as J. Douglas Barics

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1994
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Joseph

Learn Joseph’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    I handle all types of matrimonial cases, ranging from straightforward uncontested, to negotiated agreements, to complex matters, such as high net worth divorces, challenges to whether a valid marriage exits, and other non routine issues.

    28 years, 800 cases

  2. Appeals
    An appellate attorney role is to use the existing record made at trial, identify the errors made, and convince the appellate court these errors are significant enough to change the trial level outcome.

    20 years, 18 cases

  3. Foreclosure
    Since foreclosures often go hand in hand with divorces, I first expanded legal skills to include foreclosures to better serve my clients, and in 2011, I began accepting foreclosure defenses outright.

    14 years, 8 cases

  4. Uncontested divorce

    50 cases

  5. Family

    2,000 cases

  6. Marriage and prenuptials

    25 cases

  7. Adoption

    15 cases

  8. Alimony

    100 cases

  9. Child abuse

    1,000 cases

  10. Child custody

    150 cases

  11. Child support

    150 cases

  12. Domestic violence

    100 cases

I am an attorney located in Commack, NY. The majority of my practice is dedicated to Divorce and Matrimonial law, including issues that often go hand in hand with divorces, such as foreclosure defense. I represent people at both the trial and appellate level, and my skills as an appellate lawyer allows me to create a good appeal or protect against an appeal as a trial unfolds.

That being said, the majority of my cases wind up settling, and I consider an agreement a win more than I do than winning at trial. 

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Law Office of J. Douglas Barics
356 Veterans Memorial Hwy Ste 3
Commack, NY, 11725-4332

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4.2 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Making the impossible possible
Doug has worked on my case tirelessly for over a year. His knowledge of the law and consideration of an exceedingly delicate situation has been extraordinary. He has both been incredibly professional and personable. I would recommend Doug to anyone who is in need of someone that is both caring and requires an attorney who is well-versed in the nuances of the law. In my case, Doug was able to change a seemingly impossible situation - an "onion that needed to be peeled layer by layer" as he put it. He is very thoughtful of the fact that my ex is extremely abusive and helped prepare me for what abusers typically make their next steps. In doing so, I have been better able to care for my children in devastating circumstances. He also has helped me better understand the legal process and what is typical vs atypical in the court room. Having that background, the legal jargon and proceedings were easier to comprehend in what has previously been very overwhelming. While my case is not finished yet, I expect Doug to keep fighting with the veracity and intelligence that he has exhibited thus far and will post again at the conclusion of my case! I think the best I can say so far is thank you for everything Doug!
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Posted by Max | November 2, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest Lawyer
I had an attorney and was not happy with her services. I consulted several lawyers, all of whom wanted my case for a significant retainer. I consulted with Mr. Barics who reviewed my case, and said that my current counsel was properly representing me. He explained in detail what should be done and what to do if the judge didn't do what she was supposed to do. I was ready to change lawyers, and Mr. Barics was high on the list. However, his honesty in telling me to stay with my current counsel and declining to accept a large retainer is worthy of mention. I stayed with my existing attorney, and the case proceeded nearly exactly how Mr. Barics predicted it would. I did not retain Mr. Barics then, but I am impressed he would decline a client when he felt the client was properly represented with current counsel. My former attorney has since retired and if I need new counsel Mr. Barics would be my first choice.
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Posted by Thomas | October 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Lawyer
I recommend J Douglas Barics. He answered my questions during the free phone consultation. I retained him to represent me and I am very hally with the results.
Posted by Marie | October 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I am very grateful to Mr. Barics who is an excellent lawyer, for his extraordinary level of service. Situations like mine are never easy, but Mr. Barics proved himself to be an outstanding lawyer in my divorce. He knows the law, he knew my case, and had excellent instincts. I strongly recommend the Law Office of J. Douglas Barics.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Barics is a great attorney! He helped me through a difficult divorce and was patient and understanding. He was always available to answer all of my questions. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Sharon | October 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Better outcome than expected
I retained Mr. Barics to handle my case and the outcome was better than he had predicted when we first met. He spent a lot of time to learn about my situation and learned all the facts inside and out. His representation was cost effective and his communication was fast and prompt. Many thanks to Mr. Barics
Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer
Fantastic attorney! I wish I could give him ten stars. When I first called Doug he spent a lot of time with me on the phone and didn't charge me. He listened and gave me real answers. It was obvious that he is knowledgeable and intelligent. I met Doug in his office, and retained him a few days later. He formed a plan of action with me, and stated work on my case right away. His sense of humor and confidence made all the difference. When I got my first bill, I couldn’t believe that so much of it was no charge. Doug told me he did that to make sure there I felt I could speak to him without watching the clock. It made a huge difference because Doug was well prepared when we met for a four way conference. My wife’s attorney seemed like he was learning about the case for the first time, and he charged a lot more than Doug charged me. I am really happy that he is on my side and hiring Doug was the best decision I made, I simply can’t imagine how things would be without him as my attorney. I highly recommend Doug Barics as an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Mr. Barics was very tenacious and passionate in representing me in my case. I am very satisfied with his service and was impressed how much he dedicated himself to helping me.
Response from Joseph Barics September 3, 2019
Thank you for the comment and feedback.
Posted by Cassandra | August 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
Mr. Barics spent a lot of time listening and gave me a lot of advice over the phone. When we met for a consultation, all my questions were answered. I hired Mr. Barics and with his help, I was able to reach an agreement with my ex husband without going to court.
Response from Joseph Barics September 3, 2019
Thank you for the comment and I'm glad things worked out the way we hoped.
Posted by Eric | July 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Doug was fantastic right from the start. He pays close attention to detail and picked up a lot of things that was not obvious. I had a million questions and he took the time to answer them. He made the entire process as stress free as it could be.
Response from Joseph Barics September 3, 2019
Thank you for the feedback. It is appreciated.
Posted by Mariel | July 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I found Mr. Barics after I read his website when I was researching my case. When I first came to his office, I was very stressed and nervous. My case was going on for two years and getting nowhere with my first lawyer who kept sending me bill after bill. Mr. Barics was very patient and reassured me he would find a way to help. It took him three weeks to figure out how to solve my case. Once he filed a motion, my nightmare was over and we reached an agreement. I highly recommend Mr. Barics.
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Response from Joseph Barics September 3, 2019
Thank you for your comment. It is appreciated.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer who would be a great advocate
Although I was unable to retain Doug for my matter, I had numerous communications with him and found him to be very knowledgeable and forthcoming in his replies. If I lived nearby, I would definitely retain him in a divorce proceeding. He was always willing to share his in depth knowledge and has a great deal of patience, and I believe would advocate zealously for a client just given his discussions.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
I was referred to Doug by a friend of mine who went through a divorce after I spoke to several other lawyers. From the beginning, I could tell Doug was different. He cared about my case and I wasn’t just someone writing checks. He guided me throughout the entire process and explained everything to me. If you need a great attorney, definitely consider Doug Barics. You won’t be disappointed.
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Posted by J.Bowe | September 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Barics represented me on a family law case a few years old. He did an awesome job on my case. He is intelligent, dedicated, personable and capable attorney, who put my fears to rest. He did that by explaining all the details that I needed to know about my case. Doug stuck with me throughout the long draw out battle with the other party. Mr. Barics is an educated and respectful person, and I would refer anyone to him that wants a good attorney that knows family law.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The worst
After he got his retainer he did nothing. No document production, no motion to get documents from prior counsel. Seven months. He told me nothing. He even tried settling my case without my knowledge. I know because I saw his email from another counsel. He must have made a deal with the other side without my knowledge because he harmed me terribly in my case.
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Only wants money cares nothing for your case
Hired him to replace lawyer on my case. Worst decision ever. He did no work on the case. Would not even respond to emails from opposing counsel. After I told him I sought other counsel and no longer want his services he threatened to keep my file if I did not pay him $1000. Now he admittedly did NO WORK on my case but wanted $1000 for nothing. I am reporting him to the bar both the grievance committee and the fee resolution group. Do not hire this attorney he will do nothing to help your case only fill his pocket.
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Response from Joseph Barics October 31, 2019
This person's name is Janeen S. Jones and she never retained me. She is also a disbarred attorney who lost her license due to reasons similar to what I experienced with her. Ms. Jones did sign a retainer and sent me her file, along with a retainer check. Due to her claims of a pending emergency, she wanted me to begin work right away which I did. I spent several hours reviewing her file and starting work on preliminary matters, including speaking to opposing counsel. I deposited the check, only to find out it was drawn on a non existing account. Since there was a chance the check contained a printing error in the account number, I gave Ms. Jones the benefit of the doubt and she agreed to send a replacement. For the next week I heard every excuse in the book. The replacement check was lost in the mail, her deliver service got lost, etc. Ms. Jones never explained why the check was drawn from a non existing account,which leads me to conclude it was intentional. When I told her that I would not do any additional work until she paid the retainer, she told me she didn't like my attitude and demanded I sent her the file back at my expense and all work I did even though I wasn't paid. When I declined to do so, she said I'd be sorry and apparently she posted this review. I did charge her the $1,000 for the work I performed before I found out about her fraudulent check. To this day, Ms. Jones has never paid me a single penny. The only payment she made was the check on the non existing account. Nor did she file any complaint or fee dispute. She has been reported to the appropriate authorities. The orders suspending Janeen S. Jones as a lawyer and disbarring her are public records and are found on the internet. One of the many links about Janeen S. Jone's disbarment is here: I would urge anyone who may do business with Janeen S. Jones to exercise extreme caution in dealing with her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2015
Worst divorce lawyer
My ex and I went through Doug for an uncontested divorce. He took the full retainer and failed to provide any service. For two years we had to chase him down with emails and voicemails and he would be absolutely unresponsive. He would not provide any guidance or explanation of the process along the way. Whenever we asked for the stage we were at we got ambiguous replies. He refused to return the retainer and left us hanging. I would strongly urge everyone to save their money and stay away from him.
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Response from Joseph Barics September 8, 2019
If you are who I think you are, the divorce took about seven years, not two, based on numerous changes requested to the underlying agreement. Following several revisions, which were done at no charge, the final judgment package was submitted and signed. The request for a full refund after the judgment was submitted was declined.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of J. Douglas Barics
  • 1999 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Andrew A Bokser
  • 1994 - 1999


  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Central Mortgage Company v Resheff
  • Reversed. Judgment of Foreclosure vacated
  • Kaiser v Kaiser
  • Majority of judgment affirmed. Reduced Husband's payment in equitable distribution by approximately $300,000
  • Mure v Mure
  • Husband's appeal dismissed.
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  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2014
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2008
  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2002

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019


  • Divorce Net
  • Equitable Distribution in New York
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law Practice for Paralegals
  • Family Law
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Joseph
Appeals Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Great appellate counsel. Impeccable knowledge of the DRL, FCA and CPLR."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Barics is an extremely knowledgeable attorney in various practice areas, allowing him to assist his clients across a broad spectrum of legal issues. I have worked with Mr. Barics on numerous matters where complex issues or high net worth clients were involved. He was an invaluable asset to the client in these matters and was a pleasure to work with."
Appeals Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am an attorney. I have co-counseled with Doug in some complicated divorce cases, and appeals, and found him to be highly knowledgable and thorough in his analyses of issues. Some of these are high stakes cases. One such case involved a judge evicting a husband from the family home. The judge's ruling was issued without proper due process. With Doug's legal know-how, I was able to successfully get the eviction over-turned on an emergency appeal and the husband was not evicted. Also, Doug is a strong advocate but without arrogance. I've seen him in action and he brings civility to the courtroom."
Divorce and separation
Divorce and separation
Contracts and agreements