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Scott N Godes

Insurance Attorney at Washington, DC

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  1. Insurance
    Mr. Godes represents policyholders in insurance recovery and coverage disputes with their insurance companies. Mr. Godes has helped his clients recover hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance after insurance companies wrongly denied his clients' claims.

    22 years

  2. Lawsuits and disputes
    Mr. Godes is an experienced litigator who has handled commercial litigation matters in courts across the country, in state, federal, bankruptcy, and appellate courts, as well as in commercial arbitrations.

    24 years

Scott Godes is an experienced trial lawyer who litigates complex insurance coverage disputes. He helps corporate policyholders recover insurance when their claims have been denied by their insurance companies. Mr. Godes received a decisive victory as lead counsel in a four-month asbestos-related insurance coverage class action trial that found insurance coverage was available for ~20,000 pending asbestos claims. Mr. Godes has helped clients recover over $800 million in insurance proceeds.


Mr.Godes has represented a variety of clients seeking to obtain insurancecoverage from their insurance companies.  Mr. Godes' coverage experience ranges from directors and officers (D&O) insurance questions to the scope of manuscript technology liability policies through long tail liability claims (such as asbestos and PCBs) under standard form CGL policies. He received a decisive victoryas lead counsel in a landmark four-month asbestos-related insurancecoverage class action trial. In that case, the policyholder’s insurancecompanies asserted that they had paid out their aggregate limits forall of the policyholder’s asbestos-related claims, and therefore, owedno additional coverage. The Supreme Court of New York disagreed withthe insurance companies, ruling decisively against the primary and“wrap up” insurers, finding that there was premises/operations(“non-products”) coverage for the claims under the policies. That casewas the first asbestos non-products coverage case resolved favorablyagainst the insurers after a full trial on the merits. The case alsofavorably resolved a number of other critical issues, including notice,number of occurrences, and the statute of limitations. Mr. Godes also has represented policyholders in declaratory judgmentinsurance coverage actions, insurance-related bankruptcies andadversary actions, insurer rehabilitation actions, and commercialarbitrations. He has litigated and advised clients regarding insurancecoverage for computer data, hardware, and software claims; mass tortliabilities; potential director and officer claims; asbestos claims;environmental property damage; flood claims; and class actions. He alsohas been instrumental in claims that have settled for more than $800 million in insurancecoverage. In addition to his insurance coverage experience, Mr. Godes haslitigated complex commercial and government contract disputes andbusiness-related torts. He has represented clients before state andfederal courts, in administrative proceedings, and in commercialarbitrations.

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Licensed for 23 years
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2015
Updated 10/01/2022
State IN
Status Temporary Admission
Acquired 2010
Updated 10/12/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 12/04/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 06/08/2022
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 09/19/2022

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Barnes & Thornburg
1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, 20006


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Barnes & Thornburg
  • 2013 - Present
  • Counsel
  • Dickstein Shapiro LLP
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate
  • Dickstein Shapiro LLP
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Gilbert Randolph LLP
  • 2001 - 2006
  • In-house counsel
  • FindLaw, Inc.
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Associate
  • DLA Piper
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Law Clerk
  • DLA Piper
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Summer Associate
  • DLA Piper
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Legal Intern
  • Office of the Chief Attorney, Department of the Army
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Baker & McKenzie, LLP
  • 1994 - 1995
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  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD
  • 1998
  • Middlebury College
  • BA
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Principle Solutions Group, LLC v. Ironshore Indemnity, Inc., 944 F.3d 886 (11th Cir. 2019)
  • Full coverage for business email compromise losses.
  • Jambon v. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Inc.
  • Appellate victories
  • Continental Casualty Co. v. Employers Insurance Co. of Wausau
  • Complete victory for ~20,000 claimants.
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  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Computer Technology Subcommittee
  • Co-chair
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals
  • Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals
  • 2010
  • Top 50 Insurance Blogs for 2009
  • LexisNexis
  • 2010
  • Cambridge Who's Who
  • Cambridge Who's Who
  • 2008
  • Madison Who's Who
  • Madison Who's Who, MWW Publishing
  • 2008
  • Co-Chair, Computer Technology Subcomm.
  • American Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Letter of Commendation
  • Office of the Chief Attorney (Acquisition), Department of the Army
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • “Cyber Security Liability Issues”
  • Insurance Coverage for Cybersecurity Risks and Liabilities
  • 2009
  • Mealey’s Asbestos Insurance Teleconference, “Extrinsic Evidence and Its Impact on Coverage”
  • Mealey’s Asbestos Insurance Teleconference, “Extrinsic Evidence and Its Impact on Coverage”
  • 2008
  • ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation CLE Seminar
  • Insurance Coverage: Non-Products Coverage - It's Not Just For Asbestos Any More
  • 2008
  • Mealey's National Asbestos Litigation SuperConference
  • Insurance Coverage: Suppliers, Distributors & Contractors–The Next Wave of Defendants?
  • 2007
  • Mealey's Asbestos Insurance Teleconference: Where We Stand in Light of Keasbey
  • Continental Casualty v. Employers Insurance of Wausau: Where We Stand in Light of Keasbey
  • 2007
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Washington Insurance Lawyer Scott N Godes
Scott N Godes
Insurance Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 23 years