Bethany L. Barrese

Attorney 203-287-2113


J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 2012
- Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
B.S., University of Connecticut, 2009

Bio: »

Bethany Barrese began working for SDV as an Attorney in the fall of 2012.  She focuses her practice primarily on complex policyholder coverage issues, disputes, and litigation in federal and state courts.  She also helps companies review their existing insurance programs and recommends various risk management strategies.  She enjoys the challenge of utilizing all available resources to obtain the most comprehensive recoveries for her clients.

Since joining the firm, Bethany has developed significant expertise in handling insurance coverage disputes arising out of construction projects.  She frequently handles construction defect and additional insured claims on behalf of owners, architects, construction managers and general contractors, and works with her clients to develop innovative long-term solutions to these common insurance coverage issues.  Bethany is also the firm’s leading expert on bad faith claims, and has researched and published several articles discussing this topic.

Bethany serves as a Content Editor for substantive content produced by SDV attorneys.  Bethany and her husband reside in northern New Jersey with their daughter, who was born in 2017.

Admissions: »

Admissions Federal Court:

  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Admissions State Court:

  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Professional Activities: »

Connecticut Bar Association

  • Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee, Insurance Law Co-Chair (2013-15)
  • Young Lawyers Section Executive Committee, Women in the Law Co-Chair (2015-16)
  • Insurance Law Section Treasurer (2016-present)

New Haven County Bar Association

Honors and Awards: »
  • Connecticut Insurance Law Center Juris Doctor Award
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Insurance Litigation
Speaking Engagements: »

Getting to Less: Strategies for Reducing Discovery in Insurance Coverage Litigation
Roundtable Discussion Leader

A Primer on CUTPA and CUIPA: What You Need to Know about Connecticut’s Unfair Practices Statutes
CLE Co-Presenter

Areas of Coverage Experience: »
  • Commercial General Liability Coverage
  • Commercial Property Coverage
  • Director & Officers Coverage
  • Professional Liability Coverage
  • Employment Practices Liability Coverage
  • Pollution Coverage
  • Builders Risk Coverage
  • Additional Insured Coverage
  • Business Interruption Coverage
  • Completed Operations Coverage
  • Wrap Coverage
  • Captive Coverage
  • Construction Defect Claims
  • Environmental Claims
  • Property Damage and Bodily Injury Related to Mold and Asbestos
  • Property Damage and Bodily Injury Related to Construction
  • Policy Renewal Strategies
  • Risk Transfer Strategies
  • Contract and Policy Review
  • Unfair Practices
  • Bad Faith
  • Notice Issues
  • Targeted Tender
  • Allocation
  • Subrogation
  • Contribution
  • Indemnification
  • Duty to Defend