Amy Calvo MacNamara
Attorney MacNamara handles all aspects of matrimonial and family law matters, including cases which involve significant assets, executive compensation, child custody issues, substance abuse issues, and mental health issues. She has worked exclusively in the area of family and matrimonial law since 2009 and has extensive experience litigating, settling, and mediating cases.
Preparation, effective communication, persistence and practicality are the cornerstones of Attorney MacNamara’s practice. She takes a firm yet compassionate approach to the field of family law, and works diligently to understand the individual issues raised in each case.
Attorney MacNamara received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Fordham University at Lincoln Center where she double majored in Classics and History with a minor in World Religions. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law, where she earned an Academic Concentration, with honors, in Family and Juvenile Law. She is certified to act as a Guardian ad Litem and Attorney for Minor Children, and has completed intensive training at the prestigious Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute. She has also completed extensive and focused trainings in the fields of domestic violence and mediation.
A natural educator, Attorney MacNamara frequently lectures and presents on the field of family law. She currently co-chairs the Pandemic Recovery Future of Court Technology Committee for the Connecticut Bar Association. She also serves as the CBA’s representative to the Child Support Guidelines Commission. In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Attorney MacNamara was serving as Chairwoman of the statewide Family Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. In an unprecedented move, she was asked to serve an additional term in this role by Special Election. During her chairwomanship, she worked closely with the Judicial Branch, the bar, and other interested parties as they navigated the lengthy crisis period. She also previously served as co-chair of the Family Law Section of the Fairfield County Bar Association from 2012 to 2020. She currently sits on the Fairfield County Bar Association Board of Directors.
Attorney MacNamara is the 2021 recipient of the John Eldred Shields Distinguished Professional Service Award. She has been included in The Best Lawyers in America* from 2016-2022 in the field of Family Law, has been recognized by SuperLawyers* every year since 2012, and has an Avoo rating of 10.0.
Finally, Amy is a proud supporter of the arts. In her personal time, she enjoys the New York museum culture, cooking Italian meals for her loved ones and traveling with her family.
Connecticut Bar Association
– Chair of the Family Law Section, 2019 to present
– Vice Chair of the Family Law Section, 2018 to 2019
– Continuing Legal Education Chair of the Family Law Section, 2017 to 2018
– Secretary of the Family Law Section, 2016 to 2017
– Treasurer of the Family Law Section, 2015 to 2016
– Member, 2009 to present
Fairfield County Bar Association
– Co-Chair of Family Law Section, 2012 to present
– Member, 2009 to present
American Bar Association
– Member, 2009 to present
Awards & Accolades
– Best Lawyers in America, Field of Family Law, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022*
– Super Lawyers Connecticut Rising Star / Super Lawyer, 2012 to 2022*
– Connecticut Law Tribune’s “New Leader in the Law,” 2013
– Academic Excellence Award in Advanced Family Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law, 2009
– Academic Excellence Award in Divorce and the Divorcing Family, Quinnipiac University School of Law, 2008
Publications & Presentations
– Annual Review of Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting (June 2019)
– Financial Issues in Family Law; Protecting Your Client’s Interest, Connecticut Bar Association (April 2019)
– Annual Review of Developments in Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting (June 2018)
– Drugs, Booze and Rock and Roll: Drug and Alcohol Testing in 2018, Connecticut Bar Association (March 2018)
– Pro Se Road Blocks: How to Get Around Them, published in the American Bar Association’s Family Advocate Magazine (Winter Edition 2018)
– Essentials of Family Law, Connecticut Bar Association (November 2017)
– Connecticut Family Law Citations: A Reference to Connecticut Family Law Decisions by Editor Amy Calvo MacNamara and Cynthia C. George, (2010 to 2017, updated biannually)
– Post Judgement Motions: What to Do When Things Go Wrong, Connecitcut Bar Association Young Lawyers and Family Law Sections (November 2017)
– The Top Ten Legal Citations Every Family Litigator Should Know, Family Law CLE Track of the Connecticut Legal Conference (June 2017)
– Exploring Custody, Visitation and Support Issues, National Business Institute Advanced Family Law Seminar (August 2016)
– Frequently Cited, Often Misused: HIPAA vs. Statutory Privilege, Fairfield County Bar Association (October 2015)
– Peeling Back the Onion: Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Family Law Cases, National Business Institute Advanced Family Law Seminar (March 2015)
– Library of Connecticut Family Law Forms, Co-Author and Co-Editor (June 2014)
– Family Law 101: Pendente Lite Motions, Connecticut Bar Association (December 2012)
– Alcohol and Substance Abuse Advanced Custody Seminar, Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (materials only) (May 2012)
PRO BONO ACTIVITIES AND CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS
– Fairfield County Bar Association, Board Member, 2019 to Present
– Special Master, Stamford Superior Court, 2015 to Present