Certified Family Law Specialist Attorney

Skilled Orange County Family Law Attorney Ready to Help You

BarbPortraitPinkI have practiced family law since June 1997.  My practice now is exclusively limited to Orange County, and Los Angeles County for Long Beach or Norwalk Courts only.  Over the past 20 years, I have helped hundreds of clients reach successful conclusions to their family law matter.  I now limit my practice to the following areas of family law: divorce, establishing paternity, child custody and child visitation issues, including drafting parenting plans, and calculating child support.  I help to establish or limit spousal support, will accept selective domestic violence restraining orders, will review pre-nuptial agreements, and can help you modify orders when changed circumstances warrant changes to orders post-judgment.

What sets me apart from the big firms? I take the time necessary to clearly explain the status of your case to you as the matter progresses.  I typically return phone calls and emails within the same 24 hours. I charge competitive rates with the big firms because I have practiced for over 20 years, but I am fair and do not see your life problems as my paycheck.  I try to solve your problems and settle your case, because that is usually best for you and your family. However, when we have no choice but to litigate, I fight the good fight, and do my best to zealously advocate on your behalf.

I am a Southern California native, and grew up in Orange County, California. I am happily married and have two school age children.  I have been a solo-practitioner throughout my entire law career, except for 2012-2013, when I had a short experience with a large family law boutique firm in Long Beach.  For a variety of reasons, I returned to solo-practice in 2013, as I prefer the flexibility and challenge of practicing law as a solo practitioner. Feel free to contact me today for a low-cost one-hour office consultation.


University of California, San Diego – 1991
Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science
Minor in Law & Society
Western State University, Fullerton, California – 1995
Juris Doctorate Degree
Admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Central District – February 1998
Became a Certified Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California – August 2008


Sigma Kappa Sorority – Alum
Member – Orange County Bar Association – Family Law Section, Solo Practitioner Section
Member – Boy Scouts of America – former Committee Chair, Pack 227, 1999-2013
Member – Orange County Women Lawyers Association

Helped me through a difficult time and made my interactions with the legal system as pleasant as possible through my very tedious divorce...
Helped me through a difficult time and made my interactions with the legal system as pleasant as possible through my very tedious divorce...
My name is Cheryl Stack and I work for Chapman University in Orange, California. I have been employed with Chapman for twenty three years. Attorney Barbara McNamara was referred to me by the law offices of Aitkin, Aitkin and Cohn in September 2011. I was the victim of a harassment/stalking situation for over one year and was seeking legal assistance to get the female perpetrator to stop. At the time of my first meeting with Barbara, I had filed two police reports with the City of Orange Police department. I had also met with another attorney prior to meeting Barbara. After our first initial......
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 courtroom! 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.....
I would recommend Ms. McNamara because I believe she’s an attorney who is there for the child’s best interest. Plus, when it came to returning phone calls they were in 24 hours or less and great at replying to emails. Thank you for your help and patience throughout my trial. Thank you, Barbara! –A. Esparza
Ms. McNamara was incredibly helpful and professional in working on my case. I worked with another attorney on my case, however he did not perform as expected. I then hired Ms McNamara and she was courteous and forthright, and helped me in every aspect of my case. Ms. McNamara helped me through a difficult time and made my interactions with the legal system as pleasant as possible through my very tedious divorce. Ms. McNamara was prompt in returning phone calls and communicated with me through every step of the way. I highly recommend her services to all my family and.....
I would definitely recommend Barbara to anyone considering going through the divorce process. I’ve been more than pleased with Barbara’s organization and knowledge of family law. She was very professional, and yet approachable, easy to talk with, and sincere. As family law counsel, I found her tenacious and addressing all of my needs to settle my divorce in a timely and fair manner. My entire divorce went smoothly thanks to Atty. Barbara McNamara’s legal expertise, guidance and support. It was comforting to know someone who I could fully trust. I sincerely appreciate everything.....
My former wife and I received expert professional legal guidance and counseling throughout our divorce process. Ms. McNamara is very familiar with family law and knew the judges and judicial process very well, which made the entire process painless and efficient. –name confidential