Eileen McNamara

Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice

Tel (718) 254-0700 x 258

Eileen joined Brooklyn Defender Services after working for nearly three years as a public defender at Queens Law Associates. She graduated from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., in 2014. Law is her second career; she worked for sixteen years as a journalist, most of that time with The Associated Press in the Caribbean and New York. From her first law school internship at a capital defender’s office in Louisiana, assisting lawyers representing clients facing the death penalty, Eileen knew that public defense was her true calling. She had her first experience representing clients in court as a supervised student attorney at the Office of the Public Defender for Arlington County and Falls Church in Northern Virginia. Eileen represented people in early release from parole hearings and with sealing of criminal records in the District of Columbia as part of her student clinic. She also worked in a clinical placement to help a Washington, D.C. agency draft proposed reforms to the District’s drug laws. She also helped educate children at a Washington school about the legal system as part of the Street Law program, and also volunteered at the pro bono help office in the D.C. Family Court to assist people without lawyers who needed help compiling paperwork and writing motions. Service to others is a core belief, and Eileen was awarded the Presidential  Volunteer Service Award and pro bono recognition upon graduation, in large part for volunteer projects in New Orleans to help restore hurricane-damaged homes and assist lawyers  at the Orleans Public Defender’s Office. Eileen received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and is a native of suburban Cleveland, Ohio. She is proud to represent the community in her adopted hometown of New York, where she has lived since 2002. Eileen is a loyal Mets fan, but is happy to work with baseball fans of all stripes.