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Amy B. McGarry

Criminal defense Attorney at Kennebunk, ME

3.9   14 reviews

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About Amy

Learn Amy’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Misdemeanors and felonies throughout Maine, including OUI, assault (including Domestic Violence Assaults), theft, burglary, forgery, all drug related charges (possession to trafficking)

    29 years

  2. Family
    40%
    Divorce, separation, child contact and residency (including change of school), Protection from Abuse and Harassment (plaintiff and defendant), spousal support, prenups, child support

    29 years

  3. Business
    10%
    Small business formation, contract review

    29 years

Licensed for 28 years
State NH
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 02/22/2013
State ME
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 01/29/2023
State MA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1994
Updated 12/26/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2006. See details

Contact Amy

McGarry Law Offices, P.A.
57 Portland Road, Suite 8
Kennebunk, ME, 04043

Reviews

3.9 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by Denise | March 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Separating business assets
A great lawyer with fire in her. I would use her over and over again. I was thrilled with my results. I would recommend her highly!
Posted by Phil | June 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
made the BEST of a BAD situation!
I am very pleased at the services I received from this firm. I was the defendant in a difficult divorce proceeding. Even with legal help from family attorneys, I found it exceedingly difficult to select a lawyer to represent me. McGarry law legal aid helped this process. Even considering that the firm's hourly rate (attorney time) was more than some of the other firms I considered, the retainer and fee structure was pointed out clearly and seemed fair. I live on a relatively low, fixed income. For this reason, retaining any legal assistance was very daunting. I was able to make very good use of a 30 minute free consultation with the attorney who ultimately represented me. The firm helped with my difficulty in ponying up the retainer. The fees were clearly defined and well delineated. Much of the work is done by paralegal assistance, and as such, at a considerably reduced rate. The outcome of my case was favorable. The decisions which I made along the way were wholly my own but made with the experience of 20 years legal work to help me consider my optimum path. I was well informed as to the details but not "nickel and dimed"– the firm is efficient yet thorough with low overhead. I highly recommend McGarry Law Offices and will use this firm again.
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Posted by K.V. | April 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Criminal Case
I was being charged with a serious Class B Felony. Amy was always respectful and listened. After a lot of diligence and her hard work in my case, she got the serious charge dismissed. What a relief it was to have an attorney like her on my side. You helped save my life and my record! Thank you!
Posted by K.V. | March 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always Helpful, Always Brilliant!
Amy helped me with a long term family case for guardianship. She was so helpful toward me and my family and also honest which is hard to come by in a lawyer these days. Thank you again, You rock and are the best!
Posted by Bruce F. | March 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She got my Felony Charge Dismissed!
Attorney McGarry got my very serious Felony Charge in York County Superior Court dismissed in less than six months. To me, there IS no better outcome. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP!
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2015
I feel like I have closure from the SOB - Family Law/Divorce
Thank you for all you have done for me these past two years. I feel freedom and happiness for the first time in a long time. You always answered my calls and questions which made me feel at ease during this hardship. I can not thank you enough!
Posted by Sharon | October 2, 2013
Knowledgeable, Efficient, Brilliant – I could not have hired anyone else better!!
Attorney McGarry not only helped me with a very difficult and time sensitive criminal case but also was always there for me speaking as one would a friend, not just a lawyer. Her office was easy to find, clean and her paralegal staff was really nice and helpful. Amy is competent, compassionate, caring and extremely effective in her practice. She answered all of my questions, always called me back or took my call right away, showed up to court on time and got me the best possible outcome for my case. Only a fool represents themselves in the eyes of the law and only a fool would not first hire Amy! Oh and she also has free half hour consultations which was very helpful! Thank you again and would DEFIANTLY refer her to anyone looking for an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2013
Amy McGarry is a good person and a good attorney.
I have chosen Amy as my attorney for multiple cases involving different issues and areas of the law. I believe that Amy truly cares about her clients and does her best to look out for them. She is also the type of attorney who will tell you what the judge is likely to do, even if you don't want to hear it. Amy doesn't just have knowledge of the law. She is also knowledgeable about the people who are interpreting the law.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2013
Awesome defense attorney
Ms. McGarry did a great job on my criminal case. I got accused by an ex of assault and Ms. McGarry worked hard and got it completely dismissed for me. I would recommend her to anyone that needs a great defense!
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2012
Amy Morrissette McGarry is a wonderful attorney!
Amy Morrissette McGarry is no longer partners with Pamela Holmes. If you want to reach Attorney Amy Morrissette McGarry, you can find her at www.McgarryLawOffices.com in Kennebunk. I'm glad I found where she went cause she's wonderful!
Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2012
Do not recomment
Amy is very smart but is unable to negotiate before the hearing or argue effectively what she knows to be true, She is not very responsive and when asked to file a motion you will need to remind her and will be charged for every reminder. Also, she will indicate she has filed a motion when she has not. I would not recoomend her. She is a nice person but not very organized or able to argue your case.
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Posted by Paul | November 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lied and witnessed by others.
I hired Amy to represent me in a divorce where federally protected monies as well as Maine laws relating to VA Title 38 Disability money. Both Federal law and Maine law says that VA Disability money is not to be counted as income in a divorce. Amy represented herself as being well versed in the area but said she had a paralegal who she considered an expert in said area. I never saw ANY outside staff when we had office appointments. On the day of my first hearing, she went to a court four cities over. When she finally showed, just under 2 hours late, she was not prepared. (NOTE: I'm a retired paralegal so am well cognizant of how a competent attorney acts!) After the hearing, she met with my sister and me and apologized for being late, for going to the wrong courthouse, and said that she would work my case for free as I had been doing all of the research for the case. Well, a couple of months later she demanded payment for hours that she had said she was going to do for free. When I refused she went to the court and filed documents that she had sealed where I'm sure she lied some more.
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amy said she would get results but instead I got nothing
Amy came off far to strong with my husband and as a result I now have to wait even longer before I can legally see my child again. What should have been a simple PFA hearing turned into Amy grasping for straws and by the end she practically begged the judge to make my husband sign with no result. She does not seem to be respected within the judicial community and as a reault the judge was not willing to work with her whatsoever.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2011
Do Not Hire
Amy Mcgarry was incompetent in not presenting my petition correctly. She never bothered to look up the (2) criteria needed for my particular petiton/case to be heard. The case was dismissed without being heard and I lost visitation. She "padded" the bill with bogus charges and even charged me for the 15min when I went to her opffice to fire her! She never returned phone calls promptly. I had to go to the court house to pick up a copy of the courts decision myself because she did not call me with the outcome that came in 21 days before I knew of it.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2006.

Reciprocal - Public Reprimand/Admonishment issued in MA, 2006
updated on 03/18/2013

This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Massachusetts.

Reprimand issued in ME, 2003
updated on 10/01/2015

A reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Amy's comment: “A representation was made by me to a court that should not have been made. However, the Board also stated "The panel is convinced of Ms. McGarry's diligence, her devotion to her clients and her fundamental good faith." My lesson was learned and my diligence and devotion have only gotten stronger.”

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McGarry Law Offices, P.A
  • 2010 - Present

Education

  • Bates College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • Washington University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Associations

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Hampshire Federal Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maine Federal Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law for Paralegals
  • Criminal Law
  • 2014
  • Criminal Law for Paralegals
  • Criminal Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Amy
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Amy was so very helpful in picking up a case when I had a scheduling conflict. She achieved good results for the client, was swift to respond and a delight to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Amy for 7 years, and during that time I have become very impressed with Amy as a zealous advocate for her criminal defense clients. Not one to back down from the State, her dogged determination has served her clients well both outside and inside the Court room. Keep it up Amy!"
Criminal defense
Kennebunk Criminal defense Lawyer Amy B. McGarry
Amy B. McGarry
Criminal defense Attorney
Kennebunk, ME
Licensed for 28 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2006. See details