Rhoda S. Barish

Phone: 301-948-1177
Fax: 301-948-4334

Rhoda S. Barish joined the firm as an Associate in 1992 and has been a vibrant member of the firm ever since. Ms. Barish became a Principal and member of the Board of Directors in July 2000.

Prior to joining Gavett, Datt & Barish, P.C., Ms. Barish was an associate with the law firm of Gleason & Flynn, Chartered. She began her legal career as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Energy, Economic Regulatory Administration. She practices primarily in the fields of insurance coverage, appellate practice, environmental matters, personal injury, and construction law.

Practice Areas

  • Insurance
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Environmental Law
  • Construction Law

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

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


  • Washington College of Law, American University 1982
    Juris Doctorate
  • Assistant Editor, The American University Law Review
  • Vassar College, 1977
    Bachelor of Arts


  • 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).

On Brief

  • Anderson v. Russell, 247 F.3d 125 (4th Cir. 2001)
  • Hudson Trail Outfitters v. Department of Employment Services, 801 A.2d 987 (D.C. 2002)
    Jung v. Jung, 791 A.2d 46 (D.C. 2002)
  • Kent Village Associates Joint Venture v. Smith, 104 Md. App. 507, 657 A.2d 330 (1995)