Rhoda S. Barish


District of ColumbiaMaryland


Maryland - Rockville

15850 Crabbs Branch Way

Rockville, MD 20855

District of Columbia

1233 20th St. NW

Washington, DC 20036

Practice Areas

Insurance Coverage


Rhoda is a Partner in the firm’s Rockville, Maryland office. Prior to joining the firm, she was a principal at her prior firm, where she practiced for almost thirty years. She began her legal career as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Energy, Economic Regulatory Administration.

Rhoda’s practice focuses primarily on insurance coverage. She regularly counsels clients regarding complex insurance coverage issues and, when necessary, represents clients in insurance coverage disputes, litigation, mediation, and settlement negotiations. She has handled a multitude of complex insurance issues involving many different types of coverages including Commercial General Liability Policies, Special Multi-Peril Policies, Business and Personal Automobile Policies, Business Owners Property Policies, Homeowner's and Condominium Insurance, Professional Liability Insurance, Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability Policies, Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs, and Owner Controlled Insurance Programs. She is particularly experienced in evaluating complex choice-of-law issues and determining the appropriate forum in which to litigate disputes.

Rhoda also practices in the areas of appellate and civil litigation, environmental law, personal injury, and construction law.

Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Publications & Presentations

  • Comment, “Renvoi and the Modern Approaches to Choice-of-Law,” 30 Am. U.L. Rev. 1049 (1981), cited in American Motorists Ins. Co. v. ARTRA Group, 338 Md. 560, 659 A.2d 1295 (1995).


  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D. 1982
  • Assistant Editor, The American University Law Review
  • Vassar College, B.A., 1977

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia