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Maura A. Barrett

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Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Mediation
  • Custody
  • Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Maintenance/Alimony
  • Property Division
  • Domestic Violence
  • Modification and Enforcement
  • Separation and Property Agreements
Rated By Super Lawyers | Maura A. Barrett |


"I am proud and honored to practice family law.  It is a privilege to help take my clients through one of the most difficult chapters in life."

Since she was admitted to practice in 1995, Maura has focused her practice almost exclusively in the area of matrimonial and family law. Active in the legal community, she is a former president of the Dutchess County Bar Association and has been named to the New York State Super Lawyer's List yearly since 2012.  She is an assistant professor at SUNY Dutchess.

Maura is a experienced litigator and is also a trained collaborative divorce lawyer and family law mediator. She uses her experience and knowledge in providing a full range of process options to clients thereby assisting them in choosing an approach which provides the best outcome for them and their family. Maura has been associated with the Firm since 1996, a partner since 2001 and handles all facets of matrimonial and family law. 


  • National University of Ireland, University College Cork
    • B.C.L. – 1991
  • National University of Ireland, University College Cork
    • LL.B. – 1992
  • University of Limerick, Limerick
    • Master of Arts – 1993


  • AV Peer Rated (preeminent) Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 – Present
  • Designated “Super Lawyer” since 2012 and showcased in The New York Times and Hudson Valley Magazine, 2012 – Present
  • Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce “40 under 40” Award, 2010

Bar Admission

  • New York, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2000

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Board Member, Poughkeepsie Day Nursery (not for profit day care), 2004 to 2015
  • Board Member, Dutchess County Family Court Children's Center, 2003 to 2014
  • Board Member, Dutchess County YWCA, 2000 to 2001
  • Member, Junior League of Poughkeepsie, 1997 to Present
  • Member, Ancient Order of Hibernians, 1998 to Present
  • Member, Dutchess County Bar Association Endowment Fund Committee, 1999 to 2010
  • Master Gardener Volunteer Cornell Cooperative Extension, 2018 to Present
  • Member of the Kerry Association of New York, 2016 to Present

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association, Member, 1995 to Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Member of House of Delegates, 2013 to 2017
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, Mid Hudson Chapter, Former Treasurer, 1996 to Present
  • Dutchess Community College, Criminal Justice Department Advisory Committee, 2002 to Present
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, Member, 1995 to Present
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, Membership Chair, 1998 to 1999
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, Treasurer, 2005 to 2006
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, Secretary/Editor, 2006 to 2007
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, Vice President, 2007 to 2008
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, President Elect, 2008 to 2009
  • Dutchess County Bar Association, President, 2009 to 2010
  • Collaborative Professionals of the Hudson Valley, 2008 to Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2008 to Present
  • Irish American Bar Association of New York, Member, 2008 to Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 2013 to Present
  • New York State Bar Association , Member of House of Delegates , 2013 to 2017

Current Employment Position

  • Partner, 2001

Classes & Seminars

  • Adjunct Instructor, Law - Criminal Justice Program, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1999 to Present
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminars, Dutchess County Bar Association