Thomas J. McNamara

CB Thomas McNamara

Thomas McNamara is the Co-Chair of our Litigation Practice Group. His broad commercial litigation and arbitration experience includes issues related to banking, creditors’ rights, contracts, business divorce, real estate, employment, trade secrets, trust and estates, and insurance, as well as corporate, securities, shareholder, partnership, and antitrust matters.  

Recognized as an exceptional banking and creditors’ rights litigator, Mr. McNamara has defended banks in forged check, Uniform Commercial Code, and lender liability cases. He has represented banks and other lenders as plaintiffs in actions to enforce their rights under notes, guarantees, security agreements, and related loan documentation. Equally at home in state and federal court, Mr. McNamara litigates many of his cases in New York City, as well as on Long Island. 

Frequently published in legal journals and trades, he chaired the Committee on Creditors’ Rights of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, as well as the Commercial Litigation Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. He has also chaired, and lectured before, professional continuing education programs in the areas of bank litigation and creditors’ rights.  

 Mr. McNamara  taught as an Adjunct at New York Law School and Molloy College.  

Named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers List, consecutively from 2014 through 2023, he was also honored closer to home with a “Top 10” Legal Eagle Award from Long Island Pulse Magazine.  

Mr. McNamara graduated from New York University School of Law after earning his undergraduate degree, with honors, in economics from the University of Chicago.  

He is admitted to practice in the state of New York; the U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He achieved the highest professional rating by Martindale Hubbell 

Mr. McNamara served as a court-appointed Special Master/Discovery Referee in In Re Opioid Litigation from 2018 to 2022.

New York University School of Law1980
University of Chicago, B.A, 1976  

Bar Admission
New York 

Court Admission
U.S. District CourtSouthern, Eastern and Northern Districts 
U.S. Court of AppealsSecond Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court  

Bar Associations
Nassau County Bar Association
New York State Bar Association 

New York Metro Super Lawyers list, 2014 until 2023
Top Ten Legal EagleLong Island Pulse Magazine, 2012
Highest Professional Rating by Martindale Hubbell 

Chair of Committee on Creditors’ Rights, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association 

Chair of Commercial Litigation Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association

Teaching Engagements
Former Adjunct Professor, New York Law School
Former Adjunct Professor, Molloy College 

Outside the Office
Enjoys playing tennis