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Barbara E. McNamara

Divorce and separation Attorney at Huntington Beach, CA

4.6   12 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Barbara

Learn Barbara’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    Child custody in cases where parties are married, were married, or were never married (paternity case.)

    26 years, 300 cases

  2. Child support
    Child Support is calculated in California using a computerized formula commonly referred to as "Guideline" Child Support. I use X-Spouse software to calculate Child Support.

    12 years, 350 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, legal separation, paternity cases. Some divorce actions involve children, some do not. Almost all cases involve division of real and personal property, and calculation of child and/or spousal support.

    26 years, 500 cases

  4. Mediation

  5. Uncontested divorce


After dedicating my practice exclusively to family law matters since 1997, I passed the specialization exam and became a Certified Family Law Specialist in July 2008. My boutique firm is small, and my case load is managed exclusively by me. I do not have associate attorneys who will work on your case. I like to meet my clients in person, obtain the history of their case, and assess their individual situation. My goal is to settle cases where I can, and litigate when necessary. I am a tough fighter in court when litigation is called for. If children are involved, I try to settle if possible, as it is better for the children in the long run, to have parents who can work together. If the parents are at war, the children inevitably suffer. When litigation is the only alternative, I devote my energy and time to doing the best job possible to achieve the desired results. I have been married since 2000, and have two young children, so I understand the demands of balancing a career with raising children. Call today for a free 15 minute phone consultation to determine if I can help you!


Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice

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The Law Office of Barbara E. McNamara
The Plaza Tower
17011 Beach Blvd., Suite 900
Huntington Beach, CA, 92647


4.6 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce with child
Barbara explained everything thru out the entire process. She is there to answer your questions while you are going thru the system. She is patient and understanding. Never try to do this on your own.
Posted by Kathleen | October 22, 2014
Barbara was very impressive!
Barbara helped me through the process of a seperation. She is very knowledgable and accessable, which I really appreciated. She is straight forward and upfront in explaining your options and the likely outcomes. I reccomend her highly. Sincerely, Kathleen
Posted by Mary Ellen | March 17, 2014
Hire Barb!
Barbara McNamara is an extremely hard working, professional and detail oriented attorney. I was referred to her by a family memeber who described her as a "tiger" in the courtroom... which she is, but I found her also to be very compassionate with me during this very difficult time in my life. Based on her demeanor during our meetings in her office, I felt extremely confident and secure entering the courtroom with her representing me. She and her staff promptly communicated every detail and sent every document relevant to my case. Barb is a great person and an exemplary attorney. Highest recommendations!
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Posted by cs | January 8, 2014
Excellent Lawyer, Honest and Committed
I hired Attorney Barbara McNamara in 2011 to put an end to a sensitive situation that involved my husband of 28 years and his girlfriend (co-worker) from harassing me and my family members. Barbara worked closely with the Orange Police department, went to trial well prepared and won my case. I am extremely grateful to Barbara for her dedication and understanding of the pain I was experiencing at the time. I would highly recommend this attorney to anyone. She's honest, committed and someone you need on your side. She will fight hard for you!
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Posted by Dean | January 7, 2014
Barbara was very approachable and kind and considerate of my situation. She treated me like a person not a dollar bill. She instantly was in my corner. She saved me a ton of money with a fair investment. Gladly have her on my side in court!
Posted by Marcie | October 16, 2013
Third Time's the Charm
Barbara McNamara is hard working, loyal, attentive, intelligent, knowledgeable, professional, kind, straight forward, and is goal oriented. . . GET THE JOB DONE, AND DO IT RIGHT! I have unfortunately and fortunately worked with Barbara for almost six years on my cases. Notice how I say worked with? Barbara is a team player and works more with you than for you, that is her personal touch, that is her heart that is in touch with what you are going through. And did you notice I said cases? My family has been through a lot of ups and downs these past six years. I have had to hire Barbara more than once and was so happy to know that I had an attorney on my side, that I can turn to over and over again. Barbara McNamara is so willing to the extra mile because she knows right from wrong, even if that means you are wrong; Barbara does not string you along for a paycheck, if she sees you, her client, being self absorbed and not looking for the best interest for all, she will show you the mirror and you will be glad she did. No one wants to look foolish in front of a judge, she wants to show you in your best light and help you get the best result for your family. I couldn't recommend a more talented attorney with all sincerity. Barbara should be your first and only choice for a Family Law attorney.
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Posted by Loren | October 15, 2013
Barbara McNamara Fights the Good Fight
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.
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2013
Reliable , honest and effective family lawyer
Barbara McNamara is an excellent family lawyer. She is successful , smart ,honest and has integrity . She has a passion for her clients and works hard for their case. She worked hard for my divorce case and got me through very difficult times during trail and litigation. I strongly recommend Barbara as one of the best family lawyers in Orange County.
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Posted by Rick | October 10, 2013
From a Satisfied Client
Barbara is the best. She is a good communicator, knowledgeable, and very aggressive. I enjoyed working with her on my case. I always felt like I had a partner and never felt alone during these tough times. I would use her again if needed.
Posted by Aaron | October 9, 2013
Excellent experience!!
Working with Barbara was truly awesome! She worked wonders on my family law case. Thank you Barbara!!
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2013
Excellent Results
Ms McNamara did a very fine job in keeping things simple and non-contentious. She honored the estimated cost of the process and eliminated the need to involve a second attorney.
Posted by Steve | March 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expensive and disappointing
I hired Barbara to handle my divorce for me. She talked a big game but her performance was less than stellar. She seemed distracted and never understood the details of my case. I asked her a few question about delays in filing the proper forms with the court. After questioning her, she became aloof and argumentative. In the end, she charged me a lot of money and did very little.
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  • Free Consultation 10 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • The Law Office of Barbara E. McNamara
  • 1997 - Present
  • Judge Pro Tem Family Law
  • Superior Court of California
  • 2010 - 2012


  • Western State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of California - San Diego
  • B.A.
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Marriage of Confidential Client
  • Wife receives long term spousal support, property division


  • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member - Family Law Section
  • 2008 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Member - Family Law Section
  • 1997 - 2012
  • Sigma Kappa Sorority
  • Member
  • 1987 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014


Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (5)
Endorse Barbara
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara is a highly competent and hard working family law attorney. She has an excellent reputation in the legal community. Without any reservation, I highly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Barbara is a skilled attorney who is passionate about her clients and their causes. She also takes the time to answer any questions I may have concerning child/spousal support on behalf of my clients. She is an excellent attorney and member of the community."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know that attorney Barbara McNamara will take extraordinary care of her clients and their goals. As a certified specialist with the State Bar of California, she maintains advanced knowledge, skills and ability to get results! I highly recommend this attorney for all your family law needs."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Barbara is a great advocate for her client. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Barbara and I worked on a matter and she is very professional and assisted in reaching an amicable resolution for all. It was a pleasure working with a fellow Certified Family Law Specialist"
Family Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Barbara and I have worked together on several cases. She did a great job for her clients, while maintaining a professional demeanor. She knew the law and was liked by the judges we appeared in front of. She was assertive when she needed to be and had good settlement skillsl I have no difficulity in wholeheartedly recommending Barbara."
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Huntington Beach Divorce and separation Lawyer Barbara E. McNamara
Barbara E. McNamara
Divorce and separation Attorney
Huntington Beach, CA
Licensed for 26 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available