Certified Family Law Specialist Attorney

Compassionate Orange County Family Law Attorney


Barbara is one of Orange County’s top divorce and family law attorneys.
(That’s why the other side hates that you’ve found her.)

Barbara has over 20 years of experience and has represented hundreds of clients in virtually every kind of domestic situation and at every income level.

Because of her extensive experience and education, she has earned California’s “Certified Family Law Specialist” designation, an honor which only one-half of 1% of the state’s attorneys can claim.

Her firm is small, allowing her to give every client her personal attention. Plus she takes a unique 2-step approach to every case.

“First, we try the gentle approach–communication, negotiation and mediation,” says Barbara. “And many times, that’s all it takes.” As a wife and mother herself, Barbara knows that’s the best way to save cost, pain and anxiety.

But if that doesn’t work, the gloves come off. Litigation and even trial may come into play, where Barbara is recognized as a formidable opponent by even the biggest law firms.

In addition to her private practice, Attorney McNamara served previously on the Orange County Superior Court’s panel as a Judge Pro Tem where she helped to resolve family law cases.

Barbara lives in Orange County. She’s married and has two young boys who can attest to their mother’s skill as a tough negotiator.

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