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 an 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.
YEAR JOINED ORGANIZATION:
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Divorce, collaborative divorce, mediation, custody, visitation, child support, spousal maintenance/alimony, property division, domestic violence, modification and enforcement, separation and property agreements.
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.
University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 1991 B.C.L.
University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 1992 LL.B.
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, 1993 Master of Arts
Assistant professor: Criminal Justice Program, Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1999 – Present
Continuing Legal Education Seminars: Dutchess County Bar Association
HONORS AND AWARDS:
AV Peer Rated (preeminent) Martindale-Hubbell, 2009 – Present
Designated “Super Lawyer” as showcased in The New York Times and Hudson Valley Magazine, 2012- Present
Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce “40 under 40” Award, 2010
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
Dutchess County Bar Association, 1995 – Present (Member)
Dutchess County Bar Association, 2009 – 2010 (President)
New York State Bar Association, 1995 – Present (Member)
NYS Bar Association House of Delegates 2013 -2017 (Member)
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2013 – Present (Fellow)
Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, Mid Hudson Chapter, 1996 – Present Member, Former Treasurer
Dutchess Community College (SUNY) Criminal Justice Department Advisory Committee 2002- Present
Collaborative Professionals of the Hudson Valley, 2008 – Present
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2008 – Present (Member)
Irish American Bar Association of New York, 2008 – Present (Member)
PRO BONO ACTIVITIES:
Board Member, Poughkeepsie Day Nursery (not for profit day care), 2004 – 2008
Board Member, Dutchess County Family Court Children’s Center, 2003 – 2014
Board Member, Dutchess County YWCA, 2000 – 2001
Member, Junior League of Poughkeepsie, 1997 – Present
Member, Ancient Order of Hibernians, 1998 – Present
Member, Dutchess County Bar Association Endowment Fund Committee, 1999 – 2012
Master Gardener Volunteer Cornell Cooperative Extension, 2018 – Present
Member of the Kerry Association of New York, 2016 – Present