Upcoming Events

Mar 3, 2020-Mar 5, 2020

Join Eileen Garczynski, senior vice president of Ames & Gough, for the 19th Annual Legal Malpractice & Risk Management (LMRM) Conference hosted by Hinshaw.  Its the industry's premier event focused on current and important developments in the law, litigation of legal malpractice claims, malpractice insurance, professional responsibility, and risk management strategies. Eileen will be speaking on March 4, 2020.

Mar 5, 2020

Join Eileen Garczynski, senior vice president at Ames & Gough for a "Year in Review — Significant Developments in Malpractice" The claims moderator is Marissa Delinks, Partner, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and the panelists include Eileen R. Garczynski, Senior Vice President and Equity Partner, Ames & Gough and Marian C. Rice, Partner, L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, LLP.

Are firms seeing bad claims outcomes? What can recent trends tell us about the future claims environment? Experienced malpractice defense counsel and an officer of a leading malpractice insurance broker lead the audience in an interactive examination of current legal malpractice claim trends and exchange their predictions as to what those trends can tell us about the future claims environment. Also, the panel will take the audience on a year-in-review look at some noteworthy legal malpractice developments ranging from the viability of engagement letter arbitration provisions to judicial error and causation.

To learn more about the Hinshaw conference or to register click here.

Mar 26, 2020

Eileen Garczynski, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough will co-present a CLE seminar for the Virginia Bar Association with Lori D. Thompson, member, Spilman, Thomas & Battle on “Succession Planning for Your Law Practice,” Thursday, March 26 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The seminar which provides 1.5 hours of MCLE credits, will be held at the Virginia Bar Association, 105 Whitewood Road, Charlottesville. The presenters will discuss best practices in succession planning and ways to prevent the loss of law firm intelligence. Additionally, participants will learn how to evaluate potential successors and discover why mentoring and training are vital parts of succession planning. The program will also examine various insurance options crucial to long-term succession planning. The seminar also will be available by Webcast simultaneously on March 26 and rebroadcast Wednesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will also be accessible by telephone on the same dates and times as the Webcasts. For more information, click here.

Prior Events

Jan 29, 2017

Join Ames & Gough as we sponsor a booth and attend the 2017 Winter Conference on Sunday, January 29, 2017 through Tuesday, January 31, 2017. There will be over 300 engineering professionals and exhibitors in attendance. Share ideas, make connections and experience new ideas to help your business be successful. Click here to learn more or register.

Dec 8, 2016

Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough will be a panelist discussing insurance and risk management best practices for A/E firms involved in M&A, Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, Miami, FL. The panel is part of the Southeast States M&A Symposium, Dec. 7-8, 2016, presented by Morrisey Goodale LLC. For details and registration information, please click here.

Nov 9, 2016

Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough will be a guest lecturer discussing professional liability issues for design firms, Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Columbia University. The lecture will be presented during a graduate-level construction law class taught by attorneys Timothy Hegarty and Michael S. Zetlin of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP. To learn more about the Columbia University School of Professional Studies M.S. program in Construction Administration, please click here.

Oct 24, 2016

Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough, will be among panelists discussing legal malpractice claim trends and insurance Monday, Oct. 24, from 9:20 to 10:35 a.m. in New York. The panel will be part of the American Conference Institute’s LPL/Legal Malpractice Conference to be held Oct. 24 – 25 at the Andaz Wall Street, 72 Wall Street, New York, NY. For details and conference registration information, please click here.

Oct 20, 2016

Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough, will present “Balancing Project Risk and Reward: Lessons Learned from Current Professional Liability Claims,” on Thursday, October 20, from  3:45 - 5:00 p.m. during the ACEC Fall Conference at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. For details and conference registration information, please click here.

Oct 13, 2016

Mike Herlihy, Executive Vice President and Partner, Ames & Gough will be among the panelists discussing the effect that language in a design professional agreement can have on the outcome of construction defect claims.  Mike will focus on how a consideration of the insurability of certain contract clauses during contract negotiations can go a long way later toward achieving a favorable outcome for a design professional involved in project litigation.  The discussion will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 12 noon at the Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA.  Additional information is available by contacting Erica Southerland at esoutherland@bostonbar.org or 617-778-1930.

Aug 30, 2016

The Virginia CLE seminar – “Trends in Malpractice (for law firms),” originally presented on August 16 – will be rebroadcast as a webinar with live call-in on Tuesday, August 30 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Presenters are: Eileen Garczynski, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough and Dennis Quinn, partner, Carr Maloney P.C. The webinar also will be available live by telephone. For details and registration information, please click here.



Aug 16, 2016

Eileen Garczynski, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough and Dennis Quinn, partner, Carr Maloney P.C. will present a CLE seminar on Trends in Malpractice (for law firms), from 12 noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 16 at the Virginia CLE offices, 105 Whitewood Rd., Charlottesville. The seminar also will be available live by webcast and telephone. For seminar details and registration information, please click here.


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