Maura A. Barrett

Top rated Family Law attorney in Poughkeepsie, New York

Ostertag O'Leary Barrett & Faulkner
Maura A. Barrett
Ostertag O'Leary Barrett & Faulkner

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1995

Education: University College Cork, Faculty of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2023

Ostertag O'Leary Barrett & Faulkner

301 Manchester Road, Suite 201
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Visit website


A partner at the Poughkeepsie, New York, law firm of Ostertag O’Leary Barrett & Faulkner, Maura A. Barrett is an accomplished and compassionate family law attorney who is adept at tackling the legal issues her clients face. For 26-plus years, she has helped them with issues involving:

  • Collaborative divorce, including mediation
  • Child support and custody
  • Property division 
  • Post-decree modifications and enforcements
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Domestic violence

With a resolute determination to assist clients with their legal needs, Ms. Barrett doesn’t just litigate in divorce trials but is also trained as a collaborative divorce attorney and mediator. She understands that divorce is often an emotional time for any individual, and a legal process where there won’t be any room for negative emotions to grow is a process she would always recommend to her clients.

After receiving her Bachelor of Civil Law in 1991, Ms. Barrett completed her LL.B. in 1992 from the University College Cork – National University of Ireland. She went on to receive her Master of Arts from the University of Limerick in 1993. She has been authorized to practice in New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of New York and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Having been rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell – the highest peer review rating achievable – Ms. Barrett has won numerous accolades for her exceptional professionalism and capabilities in the field of family law, including the “40 under 40” award by the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce, the Pro Bono Award by the Dutchess County Bar Association and a “Superb” rating on Avvo. 

An avid educator, Ms. Barrett holds continuing legal education seminars for the Dutchess County Bar Association and is an adjunct professor at Dutchess Community College, where she teaches topics related to criminal justice.

A long-serving member of the Dutchess County Bar Association, Ms. Barrett has taken up several leadership positions in the organization such as its president, secretary and treasurer. She also holds memberships in the New York State Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, the Irish American Bar Association of New York and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, just to name a few.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1995, New York

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Board Member, Poughkeepsie Day Nursery (not for profit day care), 2004 to 2015
  • Member of the Kerry Association of New York, 2016 to Present
  • Master Gardener Volunteer Cornell Cooperative Extension, 2018 to Present
  • Member, Dutchess County Bar Association Endowment Fund Committee, 1999 to 2010
  • Member, Ancient Order of Hibernians, 1998 to Present
  • Member, Junior League of Poughkeepsie, 1997 to Present
  • Board Member, Dutchess County YWCA, 2000 to 2001
  • Board Member, Dutchess County Family Court Children's Center, 2003 to 2014
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Adjunct Instructor, Law - Criminal Justice Program, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1999 to Present
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminars, Dutchess County Bar Association
  • Designated "Super Lawyer" since 2012 and showcased in The New York Times and Hudson Valley Magazine, 2012 - 2013
  • AV rated since 2012, AV (Preeminent) Rated , Martindale & Hubbell
  • Recognized for contribution to Community and Profession, 40 under 40 Shaker Award, Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce, 2010
  • Recognized for contribution to students of Dutchess Community College (adjunct instructor 2000 - to date), Certificates of Appreciation, Dutchess Community College
  • AV Preeminent , Martindale & Hubbell, 2018
  • AV (Preeminent) Rated , Martindale & Hubbell, 2014
  • AV (Preeminent) Rated, Martindale & Hubbell, 2012
  • AV Preeminent , Martindale & Hubbell, 2016
  • AV (Preeminent) Rated , Martindale & Hubbell, 2015
  • Pro Bono Award, Dutchess County Bar Association, 2002
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale & Hubbell, 2017
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers - Fellow since 2012
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2000
  • New York State Bar Association , Member of House of Delegates , 2013 to 2017
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2013 to Present
  • Irish American Bar Association of New York, Member, 2008 to Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2008 to Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of the Hudson Valley, 2008 to Present
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, President, 2009 to 2010
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, President Elect, 2008 to 2009
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, Vice President, 2007 to 2008
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, Secretary/Editor, 2006 to 2007
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, Treasurer, 2005 to 2006
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, Membership Chair, 1998 to 1999
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, Member, 1995 to Present
  • Dutchess Community College, Criminal Justice Department Advisory Committee, 2002 to Present
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, Mid Hudson Chapter, Former Treasurer, 1996 to Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Member of House of Delegates, 2013 to 2017
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, 1995 to Present
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1995
  • New York, 1995
Educational Background:
  • Master of Arts - University of Limerick, Ireland, 1993
  • Bachelor of Law (LLB) - National University of Ireland at University College Cork , 1992
  • Bachelor Civil Law (BCL) - National University of Ireland at University College Cork , 1991
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • 40 hour mediation training through American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2019

Office location for Maura A. Barrett

301 Manchester Road, Suite 201
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Phone: 845-486-4300


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