Leslie Barbara, Partner at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron elected to the Board of Directors of Fountain House

NEW YORK, DECEMBER 15, 2015 – Leslie F. Barbara, Partner and Co-Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law department at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP – one of New York’s leading mid-sized commercial law and government relations firms – has been elected to the Board of Directors of Fountain House.

Fountain House is a non-profit organization committed to addressing the devastating impact of serious mental illness among New Yorkers. Fountain House’s award-winning programs provide opportunities for its members to participate in a vibrant community focused on work, wellness and social connections. Working hand in hand with staff, Fountain House members participate in housing, employment, education and health initiatives. They hold jobs, attend and graduate from schools, develop social networks and ultimately experience fewer hospitalizations and improved overall health.

“We are thrilled to welcome Leslie to the Board,” said Kenneth Dudek, President of Fountain House. “She is truly committed to the work we do, and we look forward to continuing our mission – of serving and bettering the lives of those coping with a mental illness – with the added benefit of her legal expertise and compassion.”

Ms. Barbara and her firm are long-time supporters of Fountain House, sponsoring their annual spring One-in-Four 5K event, which is scheduled to take place on April 11, 2016. Proceeds from the race will support Fountain House’s Wellness Programs, which look to reverse the devastating trend of people living with serious mental illness dying 25 years earlier than average.

“Fountain House is making a significant impact on the lives of the one in four people who experience mental illness. It is an honor to be elected to the leadership of this organization and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board to continue to change lives for the better,” said Ms. Barbara.

Ms. Barbara specializes in all aspects of matrimonial and family law and litigation, including separation, divorce, equitable distribution, custody and visitation, complex business valuations, as well as the negotiation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Ms. Barbara is admitted to the N.Y.S. Bar and the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. She is a member of the N.Y.S. Bar Association, the The N.Y.S Women’s Bar Association and has done other charitable work for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

About Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, LLP

Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, founded in 1975, has become one of New York’s most respected mid-sized commercial law and government relations firms. The firm has melded its multi-discipline law practice with its distinguished government relations practice, handling legal and lobbying matters from the routine to the complex.


With office locations in New York City, Albany, Washington, D.C., and Long Island, its government relations group closely monitors legislative and regulatory developments. This ability strengthens the value of DHC’s traditional legal services when clients’ legal matters intersect, as they often do, with governmental concerns. The firm’s experience in both government relations and traditional legal services enables DHC to address each client’s specific concerns with a well-rounded and unique perspective offered by few New York law firms. For more information, visit www.dhclegal.com.


About Fountain House

Founded in New York City in 1948 with the belief that people living with mental illness can be active participants in their own and each other’s recovery, 1,300+ members come to Fountain House annually to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities and forge new friendships.


Fountain House has inspired the creation of hundreds of similar programs in 34 countries that serve more than 100,000 people annually.  In 2014, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation recognized our global reach and the efficacy of our evidence-based model with the prestigious Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. For more information, visit http://www.fountainhouse.org/.

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