Bethany L. Barrese is a skilled insurance coverage attorney with a commitment to providing practical advice, creative solutions, and the highest level of advocacy for policyholders. Bethany helps clients recover on their insurance claims under a wide variety of policies, including commercial general liability, commercial property, builder's risk, professional liability, educator's legal liability, and captive policies. She has extensive experience handling insurance 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's litigation practice has successfully resolved coverage disputes at both the trial and appellate level. Bethany puts her strong oral advocacy skills to work nationwide, with a particular focus on assessing and litigating bad faith and unfair trade practices claims. Outside of the courtroom, Bethany works with clients to review their existing insurance programs, recommend various risk management strategies, and develop innovative long-term solutions to common coverage issues. She is also actively engaged in industry outreach and enjoys speaking on insurance coverage issues and authoring articles of interest to her client base.

Bethany discovered her passion for insurance coverage work while in law school, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal. Bethany was recognized for her aptitude in insurance coverage as the recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award® in Insurance Litigation, which is awarded to the highest-scoring student in each class, and the Connecticut Insurance Law Center J.D. Award, which is awarded to a graduating student who has excelled in the study of insurance law or rendered outstanding service to the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal.

Bethany is a part of SDV's Northeast team working from her home office in northern New Jersey. She currently represents clients in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and nationwide.

Professional Associations
New Jersey State Bar Association - March 2020 - Present
- Insurance Law Section
- Construction Law Section
- Young Lawyers Division
Risk and Insurance Management Association of NJ, October 2020 - Present
Professional Women in Construction - NJ Chapter - January 2021 - Present
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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