Scott N. Godes

Scott N. Godes

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Recognized since 2017

Washington, District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Insurance Law

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Scott works to design a creative, optimized path to problem solving that enhances their chances of recovery. Effective, thorough and practical, Scott is valued by clients and colleagues alike for his depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in insurance law, and for finding the right solution to each client’s distinct problem.Scott served co-lead counsel in a landmark class action trial, the first case of its kind to determine that insurance coverage was available, without aggregate limits, for thousands of asbestos claims. In addition, Scott represents clients facing cyber-security, data breach, cyber-attacks, privacy and other technology-related claims. He focused on insurance coverage for cyber-security and privacy risks in 2008, allowing him to join his long-standing interest in technology with a new area of insurance.

Scott represents policyholders in declaratory judgment, breach of contract and bad faith insurance coverage actions, insurance-related bankruptcies and adversary actions, federal court receiverships, insurer rehabilitation actions, and commercial arbitration. He has litigated and advised clients regarding insurance coverage for cyber-attacks, data breaches and cyber security issues, business email compromises and CEO fraud, network failures, advertising injury, libel, ransomware and personal injury claims.Scott also advises clients about the insurance coverage issues related to Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), directors and officers, securities, errors and omissions, crime and fidelity, general liability and consumer class action claims. He has effectively navigated complex litigation involving business interruption, extra expense, contingent business interruption and first-party property claims, as well as computer data, hardware and software claims, mass tort liabilities, flood, product liability and asbestos claims. Moreover, Scott also advises on insurance coverage issues related to environmental property damage involving PCBs and underground storage tanks (UST).

Contact & Links


  • 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20006-4623


  • The George Washington University , J.D., graduated 1998
  • Middlebury College, B.A., graduated 1994

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1999
  • Massachusetts, 1998
  • Pennsylvania, 2000
  • Virginia, 2015

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Insurance Law

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

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