The Bar List Publishing Company was founded by R.W. Martindale in 1925. The INSURANCE BAR was first published in 1926 as a compilation of attorneys serving the insurance industry for use by members of The International Claims Association, a group of life, accident and health insurance companies. The INSURANCE BAR was endorsed by The International Claims Association as its official medium for the selection of legal counsel. Because the directory was an immediate success, it was soon expanded to meet the needs of casualty, property, and loss departments for the handling of insurance defense litigation, trials, investigations, adjustments, and general insurance practice matters.
In 1939, the first edition of the CLAIM SERVICE GUIDE was published, including independent adjusters and investigators, sections that were formerly part of the INSURANCE BAR. In 1970, the format for the adjusters section was changed to provide expanded and detailed information. This format is now an industry standard. Additional services, such as appraiser, engineer, investigator, property repair, replacement and salvage, and many others were subsequently added, as well as the Roster of Claims Personnel. The Roster lists insurance company and independent adjuster’s home and branch offices, and national, state and local claims associations throughout the United States.
Enhancements to our product line, and the evolution of the Internet, have helped make Bar List Publishing Company the complete claims services information source worldwide.
Insurance Field Agent Handbooks were first printed in 1889, making these directories not only the most complete, but also in print and used longer than any other. Insurance company field reps, independent agents, brokers, MGA's, adjusters, attorneys, and now the general public via our website have access to over 100,000 listings of independent agents ... by far the largest available to the industry.