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Maura Ann Barrett

Divorce and separation Attorney at Poughkeepsie, NY

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1995
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    All facets of divorce and separation are handled including pre- nuptials and post nuptials

  2. Family
    Including child support, child custody, domestic violence

Maura has been practicing with the same firm, and specifically in in the area of matrimonial and family law, for 23 years.  She handles all facets of divorce and family law matters. While she strives to arrive at negotiated settlements for her clients, she also litigates cases in the Dutchess and Putnam County Courts.   She also practices collaboratively.  


Ostertag O'leary Barrett & Faulkner
301 Manchester Road, Suite 201
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603-2406

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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2018
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Maura provided excellent guidance and representation through my uniquely challenging divorce proceeding. I'm grateful for her kindness, patience, and perseverance along the way.
Posted by Jessica | June 7, 2018
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Great Lawyer
Maura was very helpful to me during a very stressful period. She helped me to navigate the divorce process and help to protect me and my kids. Her drafting of documents were precise and to the point. I am grateful for her help.
Posted by Penny | June 4, 2018
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I was represented by Maura through my divorce several years ago. She was efficient and professional during every step of the way. She then represented me during a family law appeal process and again she was everything you could expect from the attorney representing you. Thank you Maura.
Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2018
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Exceptional Attorney
Maura Barrett is an exceptional attorney! She has been my attorney for 6+ years in a “long term” and tumultuous case. Ms. Barrett is not only knowledgeable and compassionate, she has high ethical standards and morals. She has always and continues to fight and protect the rights of myself and my child. Family Court can be a long and frustrating experience, Ms. Barrett will make sure you understand all that is happening as you go along. She is very easy to communicate with and responds quickly. I consider myself fortunate to have her as my attorney and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an outstanding legal representative.
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Posted by Debby | May 30, 2018
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Ms. Barrett represented me in a child support case. She was articulate, knowledgeable, highly professional, and informative. She gave me frequent updates and was always available to discuss my questions or concerns. Ms. Barrett is an outstanding attorney. I would not recommend any other lawyer to represent myself, my family or friends. She is a true professional and dynamic in the courtroom. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2016
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An outstanding attorney
Ms Barrett represented my siblings and me in family court. It was a somewhat complicated case and we were extremely impressed with how she handled the case. Extremely professional, kind-hearted and always timely in response to questions or matters that arose along the way. I recommend Maura Barrett without hesitation. You will be fortunate indeed to be in her very capable hands.
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Posted by Mary | March 15, 2015
Ms Barrett was recommended to me by another Lawyer after I had been charged outlandish fees for my Divorce which had not reached a conclusion. He described her as AWESOME!! and coming from another Lawyer that was a great recommendation. I contacted her immediately. Maura not only acted in a timely manner, but fought for my rights and I was awarded my Divorce and settlement far beyond my expectations. I highly recommend Ms Maura Barrett
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Posted by Janine | January 25, 2015
Life Saver
I will be forever grateful that Maura Barrett was my divorce lawyer. She is an excellent lawyer. The judge deemed my divorce one of the most difficult in Dutchess county at the time. While my ex went through four lawyers Maura stood by my side year after year. She truly listened to me and asked the right questions. She is a keen judge of character, knows the law and the actions that are needed. With Maura as my lawyer I did not feel alone and I felt protected. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Jim | January 22, 2015
Fantastic Lawyer
For 5 years Maura Barrett has been helping me with my divorce and subsequent custody matters and has been outstanding. Throughout this process she has assisted me through many tough times and situations, and no matter what the situation Maura has shown to be not only a superb litigator but extremely ethical in her approach to her practice. She has continuously fought to protect the rights of myself and my daughter. Maura has shown exemplary integrity and knowledge in going above and beyond to help ensure that this very difficult and emotional process goes as smoothly as possible. Her professionalism and knowledge of the law is beyond reproach. I can never thank her enough for all that she has done for me and my daughter.
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Work Experience

  • Partner since 2001. Associate 1996 - 2001
  • Ostertag O'Leary Barrett & Faulkner
  • 1996 - Present


  • University of Limerick
  • MA - Masters
  • 1993
  • University College Cork Faculty of Law
  • BCL, LL.B
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Malleolo v. Malleolo 287 AD2d 603
  • favorable outcome
  • Lowe v. Lowe 67 AD3d 682
  • favorable outcome


  • American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • Irish American Bar Association of New York
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • HudsonValley Collaborative Divorce Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Mid-Hudson Women's Bar Association
  • Various positions
  • 1996 - Present
  • Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1995 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member House of Delegates (2013 -
  • 1995 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • AV rated - Preeminent Since 2012
  • Martindale & Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer 2105, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Irish Legal 100
  • Irish Voice Newspaper
  • 2013
  • "Super Lawyer" status
  • Super Lawyer List as showcased in NY Times and Hudson Valley Magazine
  • 2012
  • "40 under 40"
  • Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Matrimonial Updates (Dutchess County Bar Association)
  • Family Law
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Unknown Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Barrett's high degree of energy is matched by her high degree of competence. I endorse this lawyer."
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Poughkeepsie Divorce and separation Lawyer Maura Ann Barrett
Maura Ann Barrett
Divorce and separation Attorney
Poughkeepsie, NY
Licensed for 28 years