The Law Office of Barbara E. McNamara

Huntington Beach, CA

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I have been a solo practitioner since 1997 in the field of family law. In 2008, I became a certified specialist in family law (CFLS) which means I took another bar exam in family law and passed certain certification requirements with the California State Bar.

I have successfully handled hundreds of amicable divorces, and I have also litigated those cases which could not be settled. I really care about my clients and their families, and I try my best to achieve the most beneficial outcome for each case. I try to settle cases when I can because divorce litigation is not the best solution for the typical divorcing couple. There is a better way to divorce, and I try to make that happen.

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Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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8 Reviews
  • Mary E. Mar 17, 2014
    Barbara is an extremely hard working, attentive and detail oriented attorney. She communicates at every juncture and she and her staff are very prompt when it comes to sending documents and notifying her clients regarding all aspects of the case. I felt completely secure entering the courtroom with her representing me. I felt relaxed and confident every step of the way throughout an extremely stressful part of my life. I wholeheartedly recommend Barb McNamara to every person in need of a Family Law attorney.
  • John F. Mar 17, 2014
    Barbara assisted me to get full custody of my daughter 17 years ago, then once again assisted me when my daughters bio mother wanted her parental rights back after being totally absent for 8 years. Barbara is of great moral aptitude and very professional in family law practice.
  • Leo G. Mar 16, 2014
    Excellent divorce attorney well known with complex situations.
  • Anthony C. Mar 15, 2014
    Excellent attorney. Cares for her clients. Dedicated advocate.
  • Loren B. Oct 17, 2013
    Barbara McNamara fights the good fight. When I returned home from serving in the military in Iraq and Kuwait, my future ex-wife started the divorce process. I came home to an empty house and all of my daughters pictures removed from the house and told I could not see my daughter until I signed some documents. Sadly, I was desperate and signed the documents. It turned out that I had not protected myself and I had been taken advantage of. I was referred to Barbara and she stepped in and was able to fix the injustice by getting more visitation with my daughter and handle the child support. She also was able to get copies of ALL of my daughter’s baby pictures. Barbara also successfully negotiated a fair settlement on the house and I was able to move forward and I happily started a new blended family. Now that my daughter is older she expressed wanting to spend more time with me and Barbara successfully negotiated more visitation. Both times I was faced with the other party hurling false accusations and even petty name calling. Both times Barbara was able to take the situation and rise above and get a fair settlement. Barbara McNamara helped me to solve my custody, visitation and child support issues.
  • Beth A. Jul 1, 2013
    Barbara has a problem staying focused and on track. She many times lost information that was sent to her, she needed to be reminded of information that was given to her many times on multiple occasions. She did not provide or prepare me for what could happen. She charged me twice the amount that she should have with bogus hours and repeat work. If you want an attorney that you need to tell what to do every step of the way, to keep her on tract and focused and have her charge you double for that then she is your girl. I had the worst possible representation that I could have had and am me and my family are suffering from that now. She needs to find another line of work.
    Barbara M. Oct 9, 2013

    This message is signed by "Beth A." I have never had a client named "Beth A.," which tells me either this is an opposing party who is trying to diminish my reputation, or it is a former client who never came forward to ME to tell me there was ever a problem with my performance. If there is ever an error in my billing, I will correct the billing. However, if I do not have all of the facts from the client, I can't do a good job for the client. For example, if the client gives the other parent 50% custody without consulting me first, and then blames me because her support went down, I can't really accept the blame for that one. The client needs to ask first for the advice, not ask me to be the Monday morning quarterback.

  • TJ K. May 8, 2012
    I had a very negative experience with Ms. McNamara. I asked her to mediate between me and my husband an amnicable divorce. This was a difficult decison for me to come to to begin with. When she sat down with both of us, she suggested to my ex we stay together, although did not offer me back my retainer fee. I could go on, but the bottom line is it was a huge waste of my time, resources and money.
    Barbara M. May 8, 2012

    For the record, this comment does not accurately reflect nor summarize the facts. The first time Wife hired me, she changed her mind and did not proceed with the divorce for months. I did not cash her retainer check the first time she paid me. The second time she retained me, I attempted to mediate the case between the parties. We filed the case, served Husband, and as the parties were discussing the assets and debts to be divided, there was no resolution at the first meeting. The parties were given homework to do and return to the Attorney to get the case moving forward. Wife did not return her homework on time, and the case was stalled not because of anything I did. I prepared pleadings, and responded to several calls and emails. I refunded the fees I did not earn. Advice for any client - If you are not happy with the way the case is going with your Attorney, please be advised that the Attorney cannot fix what she does not know is broken. It's called communication. The Client needs to communicate with the Attorney to keep her informed on the case as the matter progresses. Attorneys are not mind readers. We can only fix the problem when we know there is a problem to be addressed.

  • Marcie G. Jun 15, 2011
    Barbara McNamara was recommended to me by a co-worker who had seen her in action while waiting for his case to be heard. My friend did not have representation at the time and was fine with that, until he saw Barbara, he said,"she was a TIGER in the court room!" I took his advice and retained Barbara as my attorney. Barbara had her game face on when I met her and it was awesome! She had an intensity when listening to me talk, I knew she was totally engaged with what I had to say. Barbara laid it on the line and gave her candid opinion, which I appreciated and still appreciate. We began a partnership that would go on for two years, that's how complicated my case was, and she was there, totally there for me. I had several attorneys before Barbara and never had the commitment or dedication from them that Barbara gave me. Barbara's consistent attention to detail is second to none. In addition, Barbara has more than a "game face" to offer. Barbara is a loving person who truly wants to see that her client's get a fair deal. She will lovingly tell you when you are wrong and moving in a selfish direction, she'll let you know when you are losing your grip and need to come back to reality. Basically, she is a no-nonsense attorney that will take you to the top of your game and not take advantage of you for the sake of having a client. You will get your moneys worth and more. Barbara has a special place in my heart, with her Knowledge and skills as an attorney, as well as her tenacity and fearlessness before a judge, Barbara won motion after motion for me. We hugged, we cried, we lived the experience together and worked together. I couldn't recommend a person more, much less an attorney. Barbara McNamara is the best!


What types of customers have you worked with?
As a Family Law Specialist, I do all aspects of family law - divorce, custody issues, child support issues, spousal support issues, property division, domestic violence, guardianship proceedings, and paternity cases, to name a few. I prefer to handle the case from the beginning, as your FIRST attorney, rather than have someone preceed me in your case. That way I can help steer the ship from the beginning. I also do a lot of modification proceedings, where we return to court following a Judgment to make changes to the previous orders.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Before you attend your first attorney interview, here are a few tips. If children are involved in the breakup of your marriage or relationship, child support may be an issue. Bring your most recent tax return, mortgage statement if you own a house, health insurance monthly premium amount, and property tax information. This way I can have some idea of the numbers to run to calculate your possible child support payment.