Partner

Barry Marta

Barry applies his knowledge, experience and creativity to provide cost-effective advice and strategies that resolve insurance issues in a timely manner.

Barry Marta, partner at Marta Watson LLP

Which of your cases makes you proudest of the result?

In spring 2018, I was asked by a major client to handle the trial of a jury action with our associate Jillian. We had about a month to get ready. We dug really deep with investigations that proved to be very productive for extremely effective cross-examinations of the plaintiff in particular. Our theme and opening to the jury stated it was a simple case of credibility of the plaintiff. After 17 days, the action was dismissed with costs. Our client was ecstatic.

What do you think the most important factor is in resolving a file?

Simplification of the issues -picking a theme and sticking with it, but always being open to modification with a change in circumstances. Always planning ahead like a game of chess.

What’s the most valuable lesson that your professional experience has taught you?

My fundamental principles are integrity, an open mind, respect, and a sense humour. It is all about making people feel comfortable with you whether as clients or adversaries.

Background

Barry is a partner and has been practising in the insurance field since 1983. He has been listed and repeatedly recommended as a leading practitioner representing defendants in the personal injury field by Lexpert and has been recognized by Best Lawyers.

Over the years Barry has litigated claims in all areas of insurance, with extensive, wide-ranging experience in everything from defending sexual abuse, to life and disability, and institutional claims.

With considerable experience in the courts at all levels Barry has developed a reputation with insurers and lawyers for reasonable and practical resolution of litigation; however, there is no doubt that Barry will go to court to secure the reasonable result.

Barry has depth and experience that produces sound solutions to insurance coverage issues.

Barry prefers a collaborative approach with clients, applying his knowledge, experience and creativity to provide clients with cost-effective advice and strategies to resolve insurance issues in a timely manner.

Barry loves travel and when not travelling, running and bicycling (and cross-country skiing when we used to have snow). Reading is still a passion along with his children and growing brood of grandchildren. He continues his intermittent struggle to improve his golf game, and recently picked up tennis. His current favourite sport is badminton because it is about precision and planning, with the hard part being execution.

Most of all, Barry values courtesy, respect and a good sense of humour.

Education and Credentials

  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1983
  • LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1981

Contact
Barry Marta
416-868-2310
bmarta@martawatson.com

Law Clerk
Maggie Cole
416-868-2305
mcole@martawatson.com

Legal Assistant
Connie Figliuzzi
416-596-2055
cfigliuzzi@martawatson.com

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