Thomas M. McNamara

Thomas M. McNamara

Thomas M. McNamara received his B.A. from Southern Connecticut State College in 1975. He received his law degree from Emory University School of Law in 1985. He is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, The American Association for Justice, Connecticut Bar Association and New Haven County Bar Association. He is a charter member of the National Crime Victim Bar Association. Mr. McNamara concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury litigation and workers’ compensation. He has represented victims of sexual abuse against the clergy and other perpetrators since 1992 and has lectured on the subject for the Connecticut Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association. In 1996 he received the Arnold Markle Community Service Award from the Greater New Haven Sexual Assault Services for his dedication to sexual assault survivors and their families. Attorney McNamara represented sixteen of forty-three victims in a twenty-two million dollar settlement with the Hartford Archdiocese in 2005. In 2012, Attorney McNamara tried the first clergy sex abuse case to go to trial against the Archdiocese of Hartford, resulting in a judgement of $1,354,541.39 for the plaintiff.

Attorney McNamara has handled sexual abuse cases in all three Connecticut Catholic Dioceses involving the following clergy:

  • Fr. Felix Maguire
  • Fr. Stephen Foley
  • Fr.Ivan Ferguson
  • Fr. Daniel McSheffery
  • Fr.Thomas Glynn
  • Fr.Lawrence Brett
  • Fr.Thomas Shea
  • Fr.Raymond Paul
  • Fr.Louis Paturzo
  • Fr. Paul Hebert
  • Fr. Martin Federici
  • Fr. Joseph Buckley
  • Fr. Edward Muha
  • Fr. Peter G. Mitchell