Barry Zalma is an insurance coverage attorney, consultant and expert witness. As a California attorney, Mr. Zalma limits his practice to transactional, rather than litigation, counsel concerning insurance coverage matters, mainly representing insurers and those in the business of insurance. Mr. Zalma was licensed to practice law in 1972 and has operated his own firm since 1979. He is admitted to practice before all California courts, California U.S. District Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His full curriculum vitae is available on his web site.
Through Zalma Insurance Consultants Mr. Zalma consults with insurers, insurance brokers and agents, and policyholders internationally. He assists counsel for insurers and policyholders on insurance coverage issues, claims handling, and bad faith claims. Mr. Zalma has represented insurers from Allstate to Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London and from Westfield Insurance Company to Allianz Insurance Company. Mr. Zalma has qualified as an expert in state and federal courts in California, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and the British Crown Colony in the Grand Caymans.
Mr. Zalma has authored several books and e-books on property and liability claims, numerous articles for insurance trade publications and law journals, a twice monthly publication, Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter, a daily blog Zalma on Insurance and regular columns in American Agent and Broker magazine and the Underwriters Insider. He acts as an expert commentator for the International Risk Management Institute; is a member of the faculty of the Insurance Agents and Brokers of America’s Virtual University; and is the author of distance learning and computer-based training programs for people in the business of insurance.
Mr. Zalma is a member of the American Bar Association, the Southern California Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the Southern California Fraud Investigators Association (SCFIA), the California Conference of Arson Investigators, the International Association of Arson Investigators, the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.