On Sunday, April 13, Lafayette attorney Clé Simon and his wife Kathy will host a memorial and celebration of the life of fellow attorney Barry L. Domingue, who took his own life last week in the midst of a federal criminal trial charging him with conspiracy in the Curious Goods synthetic marijuana case. Clé Simon and Domingue are former law partners.

The Simon home is at 403 Biltmore Way in River Ranch. The memorial is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to all who knew and loved him. (Clé’s father is the late J. Minos Simon, a noted Lafayette trial lawyer and author.)

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Barry Domingue, 1960-2014

Domingue, 54, of Carencro died April 2 at Lafayette General Medical Center surrounded by family and friends. His legal practice mainly focused on personal injury cases and construction law.

According to his obituary (slightly edited for news style and clarity):

Barry was born March 12, 1960, in Monroe to Charles and Nell Hebert Domingue. As a young child, he was raised and adored by his Auntie Iola Flick.

He graduated cum laude in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UL Lafayette and earned a Juris Doctorate from LSU, graduating in 1992 at the top of his class.

Barry had a distinguished career as an attorney over the past 22 years. The respected attorney devoted his time and energy to advocating vigorously for the rights of his clients. Whether representing some of the largest insurance companies in the world or representing individuals in dire need, he provided the same measure of dedication and legal excellence. Among the many accomplishments over a very successful and distinguished career, he was instrumental in the rendering of one of the highest jury awards in the history of Louisiana that also resulted in major changes nationwide in the pharmaceutical industry to further consumer protection, including the removal of Infants Tylenol from the national marketplace.

Barry was known as an honest, trustworthy and honorable man. To the very end, he devoted his time and energy to doing what was necessary to promote justice and provoke the revelation of truth.

Affectionately known as “Law Dog” by his friends and family, he was an avid bodybuilder and automobile enthusiast. He enjoyed working out at Red’s, traveling, boating and spending time with his family, friends and bulldogs.

He is survived by his best friend and wife, Robin Parker Domingue, his daughter Judith Ann Domingue, his grandchildren Kade Domingue and Madison Domingue, his brothers Darren Domingue and Carlton Domingue, and his sister Kyle Domingue. Barry is also survived by his dear uncles, Ralph Hebert and Leland Hebert and his aunt Edith Hebert. He also leaves behind many other aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews who loved him immensely.

Barry’s gift to Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) will help at least 70 other people, most importantly with the gift of sight.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Special Olympics or LSU School of Veterinary Medicine.

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