Mary McNamara



Boalt Hall School of Law

B.A. (First Class Hon.) TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, 1986
Graduated First in Class
Henry Hamilton Hunter Memorial Prize, 1986


Mary McNamara is a trial and appellate lawyer specializing in white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation matters. She is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell, is profiled in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers, where Swanson & McNamara LLP is rated in Band 1, Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government investigations.  Ms. McNamara has been a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2004 and was also named Best Lawyers 2012 Lawyer of the Year in White Collar Criminal Defense in San Francisco.  She represents both entities and individuals in federal and state courts around the country.

Recent representations include obtaining a declination of prosecution for an oil company executive in the BP Deepwater Horizon matter, negotiating a deferred prosecution agreement for an executive at a failed bank involved in financial crisis loan fraud, negotiating a misdemeanor resolution for a national corporation in an industrial fatality investigation, obtaining a twelve month prison sentence for the finance services director of a joint powers agency in a multi-million dollar embezzlement case and representing an athletics coach at a major university in a sexual harassment disciplinary proceeding.  Ms. McNamara is frequently retained by Fortune 100 companies to represent executives in government investigations by criminal authorities, the SEC, the FDIC and other agencies.

Ms. McNamara serves as Secretary of the Bar Association of San Francisco, is a member of the Legal Committee of the ACLU, Northern California, and is a board member of the Federal Bar Association.  She is the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Attorney District Representative for the Northern District of California and is a member of the national Defender Services Advisory Group to the Defender Services Office of the U.S. Courts. She has served as co-chair of the Lawyer Representatives for the Northern District of California to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, has chaired the Judiciary Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco and served on the Merit Selection Panel to choose two magistrate judges for the Northern District of California. After law school, Ms. McNamara served as a law clerk to the Hon. Thomas Gibbs Gee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.