Bethany L. Barrese focuses her practice on complex policyholder coverage issues. She has extensive experience handling coverage disputes arising from construction projects and frequently negotiates construction defect and additional insured claims on behalf of owners, architects, construction managers and general contractors.

Bethany is a strong advocate for policyholders with a special focus on assessing and litigating bad faith and unfair trade practices claims. She also works with clients to review their existing insurance programs, recommend various risk management strategies and develop innovative long-term solutions to common coverage issues.

While in law school, Bethany was the Editor-in-Chief of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal and was the recipient of both the CALI Excellence for the Future Award® in Insurance Litigation and the Connecticut Insurance Law Center J.D. Award.

A Connecticut native, Bethany currently resides in northern New Jersey with her husband, daughter and son.

Professional Associations
Connecticut Bar Association
- Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee, Insurance Law Co-Chair (2013-2015)
- Young Lawyers Section, Executive Committee, Women in the Law Co-Chair (2015-2016)
- Insurance Law Section, Treasurer (2016-2017)
American Bar Association
Selected Decisions
Town of Monroe v Discover Property and Casualty Insurance Company, 151 A.3d 848, 169 Conn. App. 644
Cypress Point Condominium Association, Inc. v Adria Towers, LLC, 143 A.3d 273, 226 N.J. 403
Speaking Engagements


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