Zalma’s Insurance Fraud Letter – October 1, 2020


October 1, 1979 – 2020 – Another Anniversary – Thank You

Forty-one years ago today I left the world of the employed and became an entrepreneur by opening my own law firm. The law practice was incorporated shortly thereafter as Barry Zalma, Inc. When I opened for business on October 1, 1979, I had no clients and no certainty that I would have any in the future. I had borrowed money from the bank to carry me through the first six months and was concerned about my ability to pay the loan with my third child about to be born.

Much to my surprise and pleasure, on October 1, 1979, at 8:10 a.m., the best claims handler in the London market, Alan Warboys, called from London and provided me with my first case as an independent lawyer to represent Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London. He, and the Lloyd’s Underwriters he represented, showed faith in me as a lawyer and insurance expert. Alan is now, and will forever be, my law firm’s first client and is still and always be a good friend. He is retired from the market now and I am retired from the practice of law. Although I retired from the practice of law, I still work an eight hour day, five days a week as a consultant, author, blogger, and videoblogger.

I was admitted to the California Bar on January 2, 1972. I practiced law in California full time until I retired from the practice of law in 2015. To those of you, in addition to Alan, who have honored me by retaining me as your lawyer, thank you for a long, productive and successful legal career.

In 2015 I asked that the California Bar render my license to practice law inactive and it agreed. I will limit my work to acting as an insurance claims handling, insurance fraud and insurance bad faith consultant, expert witness, educator and author.

I am not retired.

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In this issue of ZIFL you can also read:

  • How to Comply with the California SIU Regulations 2020 that are Effective Today October 1, 2020
    • New Regulations to Enforce Statutes Requiring Insurers to Maintain A Special Investigative Unit
  • Good News From the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
  • Causing A False Claim of Items Lost to an Insurer is Fraud
  • Health Insurance Fraud Convictions
  • Videos on YouTube And Zalma On Insurance from Barry Zalma
  • Other Insurance Fraud Convictions
  • Consider Books to Show Your Appreciation to Your Insurer Clients or Claims Employees

The full articles are available and you can read the last two issues at Subscribe to e-mail Version of ZIFL, it’s Free!

© 2020 – Barry Zalma

Barry Zalma, Esq., CFE, now limits his practice to service as an insurance consultant  specializing in insurance coverage, insurance claims handling, insurance bad faith and insurance fraud almost equally for insurers and policyholders. He also serves as an arbitrator or mediator for insurance related disputes. He practiced law in California for more than 44 years as an insurance coverage and claims handling lawyer and more than 52 years in the insurance business. He is available at and

Mr. Zalma is the first recipient of the first annual Claims Magazine/ACE Legend Award.

Over the last 52 years Barry Zalma has dedicated his life to insurance, insurance claims and the need to defeat insurance fraud. He has created the following library of books and other materials to make it possible for insurers and their claims staff to become insurance claims professionals.

Go to Barry Zalma videos at at

Read posts from Barry Zalma at

Go to Barry Zalma on YouTube-

Go to the Insurance Claims Library –

Subscribe to e-mail Version of ZIFL, it’s Free! –

Read last two issues of ZIFL here.

Go to the Barry Zalma, Inc. web site here

Listen to my podcast, Zalma on Insurance, at: on Insurance –

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