We Take The Time To Listen

At Ostertag O’Leary Barrett & Faulkner, we are proud to take a personal approach to assist our clients. When you retain the firm, you will have a one-on-one relationship with your attorney throughout our representation. You will not be passed off to a legal assistant or paralegal when you contact us.

We are located in Poughkeepsie, New York, and serves clients throughout the Hudson Valley region. This includes Hyde Park, La Grange, Arlington, Hopewell Junction, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Millbrook, Fishkill, Wappingers Falls, Pawling, Beacon, Dutchess County, and Putnam County.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Mediation

While we are successful with traditional forms of representation, including litigation, we make sure to discuss all avenues available to a potential client and develop a strategy to move you forward through a difficult time in your life. Call today at 845-486-4300 to arrange your initial consultation.

Attorney Maura A. Barrett

Bar Admissions:

  • 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

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 Memberships and Achievements:

  • 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

Attorney Sharon M. Faulkner

Bar Admissions:

  • Hawaii, 1992
  • District of Columbia, 2001
  • New York, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2002


  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts, May 1992 J.D.
  • Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 1989 B.A.

Honors and Awards:

  • Recipient, Dutchess County Bar Association “Law Guardian of the Year” Award for 2008
  • BV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Member, Hawaii State Bar Association, 1992 – Present
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association, 2001 – Present
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, 2002 – Present
  • Member, Dutchess County Bar Association, 2002 – Present
  • Immediate Past-President 2016-2017; President 2015-2016; President-Elect 2014-2015; Vice President 2013-2014; Secretary 2012-2013; Assistant Treasurer 2011-2012
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, 2002 – Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1992 – Present
  • Member, Rotary Club of Maui, Maui, Hawaii, 1994 – 2000
  • Rotary Club of Maui, Maui, Hawaii, 1996 – 1997 Community Service Director
  • Rotary Club of Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie, New York, 2004 – 2005 Member
  • Member, Maui County Bar Association, 1992 – 2001
  • Member, Maui County Estate Planning Council President 1995-1996
  • Member, Dutchess County Family Court Advisory Board, 2007 – Present
  • Dutchess County Bar Association Grievance Committee Member
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow

“Exceptional attorney!”

Maura Barrett is an exceptional attorney! She has been my attorney for 6+ years in a “long term” and tumultuous case. Ms. Barrett is not only knowledgeable and compassionate, she has high ethical standards and morals. She has always and continues to fight and protect the rights of myself and my child. Family Court can be a long and frustrating experience, Ms. Barrett will make sure you understand all that is happening as you go along. She is very easy to communicate with and responds quickly. I consider myself fortunate to have her as my attorney and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an outstanding legal representative.


Ms Barrett was recommended to me by another Lawyer after I had been charged outlandish fees for my Divorce which had not reached a conclusion. He described her as AWESOME!! and coming from another Lawyer that was a great recommendation. I contacted her immediately.

Maura not only acted in a timely manner, but fought for my rights and I was awarded my Divorce and settlement far beyond my expectations. I highly recommend Ms Maura Barrett.

“Dynamic in the courtroom…”

Ms. Barrett represented me in a child support case. She was articulate, knowledgeable, highly professional, and informative. She gave me frequent updates and was always available to discuss my questions or concerns. Ms. Barrett is an outstanding attorney. I would not recommend any other lawyer to represent myself, my family or friends. She is a true professional and dynamic in the courtroom. You will not be disappointed.

“Absolutely amazing…”

Sharon was absolutely amazing with my divorce. She was extremely knowledgeable, responsive and always ensured I understood what was happening in the process. I would highly recommend Sharon.

“Meticulous, forceful and hard-working…”

Sharon is a top notch attorney who is extremely professional and also warm and gracious. She is meticulous, forceful and hardworking. I could not have asked for a better attorney to guide me through my divorce proceedings. She was responsive and available for me anytime I needed her. Before embarking on choosing a divorce attorney, I had heard stories of people hiring lawyers who then were pawned off onto lower level associates who were not as experienced. This never was the case with Sharon. If you hire her, you get her full attention and effort. I consulted three different attorneys before choosing Sharon and I definitely made the right choice. I couldn’t recommend her more strongly.

“Hire her immediately!...”

Sharon shepherded me through what was arguably one of the toughest ordeals of my life. She is very professional and gets right down to business. Because of her vast knowledge of the system, (which will become immediately apparent to you), she is able to quickly read the landscape and put you on the best possible path to a quick & equitable outcome.

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