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April 05, 2019

New ABA book dissects commercial property insurance and its policies for lawyers

CHICAGO, April 5, 2019 — Just published by the American Bar Association, “The Commercial Property Insurance Policy Deskbook: How to Acquire a Commercial Property Policy and Present and Collect a First-Party Property Insurance Claim” is a much-needed handbook for any lawyer dealing with commercial property. Author Barry Zalma shares his insights from working half a century in the insurance business and more than four decades as an attorney.

This guidebook ranges from the simplest of topics – providing a thorough breakdown of what insurance is – to the most complex – such as the adjustment of commercial property loss. Zalma additionally details various types of property losses, as well as conditions and limitations and the steps to make a claim. With practicality in mind, the book includes five appendices of forms, letters and other documents useful to lawyers and insurance consultants alike. “The Commercial Property Insurance Policy Deskbook” serves as a foundational text for any lawyer looking to specialize or those looking to deepen their knowledge.

Zalma now limits his practice to service as a consultant specializing in coverage, claims handling, bad faith and fraud for insurers and policyholders. He also serves as an arbitrator or mediator for insurance-related disputes. Zalma practiced law in California for more than 44 years as an insurance coverage and claims-handling lawyer and has worked more than 50 years in the insurance business. He is the first recipient of the annual Claims Magazine/ACE Legend Award.

Title:    The Commercial Property Insurance Policy DeskbookPublisher:        ABA Publishing
Pages: 224
Product Code: 5150508
ISBN:   9781641052832
Size:    7 x 10, Paperback and eBook
Price:   $89.95
Orders:            800-285-2221 or

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies of this book are available by emailing Dean Pappas at [email protected]. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Dean Pappas, ABA Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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