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James Edward Mcnamara

Criminal defense Attorney at Van Nuys, CA

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1990
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    We represent clients in criminal matters of all types felony and misdemeanor matters. This firm has done so for many years.

    34 years, 7,500 cases

  2. Child abuse
    Prior court appointed counsel for Juv. Depend. Matters involving DCFS. Only handle private matters since 2000.

    34 years, 7,500 cases

  3. Child support
    Helping clients obtain support and dealing in cases to reduce support as well. Also handling visitation disputes and custody disputes.

    24 years, 800 cases

  4. Trusts
    We guide you though the process of creating and setting p a living trust or other appropriate estate planning documents.

    34 years, 400 cases

  5. Juvenile law
    Prior court appointed counsel in these courts for over 14 years, now only private matters since 2000.

    34 years, 7,500 cases

  6. DUI and DWI
    Numerous cases handling DUI with both the court and the DMV

    34 years, 500 cases

  7. Divorce and separation
    Handling all matters involving dissolution and separation matters

    24 years, 500 cases

  8. Domestic violence
    Handling these matters often involves a cross over between criminal matters, DCFS, family law matters and sometimes civil disputes. These are my specialty.

    34 years, 500 cases

  9. Appeals
    Handeling select matters over the years and in the past was a court appointed appellate counsel CAP.

    30 years, 100 cases

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James Edward Mcnamara
14401 Sylvan St Ste 106
Van Nuys, CA, 91401

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Posted by April | March 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Smart, and Personable
James McNamara has been my attorney in several cases, most of which were last minute giving him only days to prepare. Each case ended favorably on my behalf, thanks to James' expertise, professionalism, and concern for his clients. I would recommend James to anyone, regardless of the nature of the case. He does not judge you or make you feel ashamed in any way, and his knowledge of the criminal justice system is superb, which I can say from personal experience, will make you feel at ease and confident that you picked the right person to represent you in court. I give James a 5 star rating, hands down and without hesitation.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • McNamara & McNamara
  • 2002 - Present
  • Senior Partner
  • McNamara and Massey, LLC
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Court Appointed Counsel on WIC 317 Panel
  • Law offices of James E. McNamara, Esq.
  • 1993 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Law offices of James Gallo
  • 1990 - 1993
  • Law Clerk
  • Santa Cruz Public Defenders Office
  • 1989 - 1990
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  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • law
  • N/A
  • California St Univ Northridge
  • undergraduate
  • N/A


  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association
  • Active Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Juvenile Courts Bar Association, LACBA
  • Member
  • 1993 - 2003

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse James
Appeals Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Domestic violence Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. James is one of the best criminal defense lawyers I know in this business. He is a top notch professional and he truly care about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with attorney James McNamara on several matters, and I could not be more impressed. He is sharp, thorough, and incredibly well-versed in the areas of law he practices. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James McNamara is a down to earth attorney. He is very approachable and hardworking attorney. I endorset his lawyer's work."
Criminal defense
Juvenile law