Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE, is a California attorney, insurance consultant and expert witness specializing in insurance coverage, insurance claims handling, insurance bad faith and insurance fraud.
Mr. Zalma serves as a consultant and expert, almost equally, for insurers and policyholders. He founded Zalma Insurance Consultants in 2001 and serves as its senior consultant.
Barry Zalma is the principal of Zalma Insurance Consultants. He is available for consultation on any and all insurance issues faced by you or your clients.
ZALMA INSURANCE CONSULTANTS
Barry Zalma founded ZIC to help resolve every insurance claim problem faced by you or your clients. His experience and skill as a consultant and expert witness can make the difference before a jury or other trier of fact. For more than 45 years as a claims person and insurance coverage attorney, Barry Zalma has represented insurers, advised insurers on claims handling, interpreted coverages and testified as an insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, insurance claims handling and insurance fraud expert on behalf of insurers and policy holders’ suing insurers.
Mr. Zalma is an internationally recognized expert on insurance, insurance claims handling, insurance coverage, insurance fraud, and insurance bad faith. Barry Zalma will promptly review your file materials and advise you about the viability of your decision to sue or your defenses. He can help you narrow the scope of discovery.Consultation with Mr. Zalma and ZIC can save you or your client thousands of dollars in the defense or prosecution of an insurance dispute. ZIC will assist you in the effort to find a solution to an insurance claims dispute that is fair, intelligent, beneficial and economical.
ZIC is available to provide expert advice and, if needed, expert testimony to individuals and their counsel. Advice from ZIC is indispensable to the resolution of insurance disputes. Consultation from ZIC can save you, your counsel or client hundreds of hours of investigative and legal work.
With comprehensive knowledge of insurance and insurance claims handling Mr. Zalma understands, and can explain in language a lay jury understands, how and why insurance claims should be resolved.
ZIC rates are all inclusive. Mr. Zalma’s hourly fee takes account of all incidentals from telephone calls and postage to computer time and word processing. As for third-party costs, ZIC passes along all discounts and vendor savings. The client pays what ZIC pays. Not a penny more. ZIC has made the billing process simple.
He is knowledgeable and qualifies as an expert in cases involving insurance bad faith, insurance claims, insurance claims handling, and insurance fraud. Mr. Zalma aids insurers, insurance agents and brokers, and attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants with their insurance cases.
BOOKS BY BARRY ZALMA
Recent Publications from the National Underwriter Company Includes
The full Zalma Insurance Claims Library is available at www.nationalunderwriter.com/ZalmaLibrary.
Mold Claims Coverage Guide
Today, mold claims are common, but they continue to grow in complexity, involving not only property damage but bodily injury as well. Mold-related lawsuits have dramatically increased over the past few years, and the numbers continue to rise. Coverage requirements—and related issues—can be complicated and confusing. This resource will remove the complexity and allow the insurer, insured, property owner or developer and their counsel to deal with mold quickly and effectively and, if possible, avoid unnecessary litigation.
URL: www.nationalunderwriter.com/MoldPrice: $98.00
Construction Defect Coverage Guide
This insightful and practical two volume resource was envisioned and written by nationally renowned expert Barry Zalma, and it thoroughly explains how to identify construction defects and how to insure, investigate, prosecute, and defend cases that result from construction defect claims.
Construction Defects Coverage Guide was designed to help property owners, developers, builders, contractors, subcontractors, insurers, and lenders, as well as their risk managers and lawyers rapidly resolve construction defect claims when they arise and avoid construction litigation. If litigation becomes necessary it will help the prosecution or defense of construction defect suits effectively.
URL: www.nationalunderwriter.com/ConstructionDefectsPrice: $196.00
Insurance Claims: A Comprehensive Guide
Insurance contracts and clauses are specific in nature—but the manner in which insurance claims are pursued and resolved can be remarkably different. Mistakes in handling a claim can undermine the outcome—and ultimate value—of the claim itself.
Insurance Claims: A Comprehensive Guide is the one resource that enables insurance professionals, producers, underwriters, attorneys, risk managers, and business owners to successfully handle insurance claims from start to finish—employing proven, practical techniques and best practices every step of the way.URL: www.nationalunderwriter.com/InsuranceClaims
From the American Bar Association:
The Insurance Fraud Deskbook
Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE2014 Paperback, 638 Pages, 7x10
The Insurance Fraud Deskbook is a valuable resource, peer reviewed by the American Bar Association, for those who are engaged in the effort to reduce expensive and pervasive occurrences of insurance fraud. It explains the elements of the crime and the tort to claims personnel, and it provides information for lawyers who represent insurers so they can adequately advise their clients.
Prosecutors and their investigators can use this book to determine what is required to prove the crime and win their case.The full text of decisions from courts of appeal and supreme courts across the country are provided so the reader can understand what happens after the investigation is completed and can apply that information to undertake their own thorough investigations. It allow claims personnel and their lawyers to understand what errors would cause a defect or a not-guilty verdict.
The effort to reduce insurance fraud requires the assistance of both civil and criminal courts. The Insurance Fraud Deskbook can help the prudent fraud investigator, insurance adjuster, insurance attorney, insurance Special Investigation Unit and insurance company management to attain the information needed to deal with state investigators and prosecutor.
Available from the American Bar Association at: http://shop.americanbar.org/eBus/Default.aspx?TabID=251&productId=214624; or firstname.lastname@example.org, or 800-285-2221.
CONTACT BARRY ZALMA
Mr. Zalma can be contacted at telephone 310-390-4455, by fax at 310-391-5614, through his web site at http://www.zalma.com, by e-mail at email@example.com.
You can access his free "Zalma's Insurance Fraud Letter" newsletter at http://www.zalma.com/ZIFL-CURRENT.htm.
Mr. Zalma also blogs "Zalma on Insurance" at http://zalma.com/blog.
Access Barry Zalma's Martindale-Hubbell profile on martindale.com.