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Monday, March 2, 2020

Eileen Garczynski discusses steps for law firms to manage “scope creep” and avoid related legal malpractice claims

In an “Expert Analysis” article for Law360, Eileen Garczynski, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough describes circumstances for law firms that can lead to “scope creep,” such as changes over time in the direction or services needed by a client with respect to a particular matter. She discusses strategies for law firms to flag and manage scope creep, which otherwise can lead to unexpected outcomes, errors and omissions, client dissatisfaction, wasted time and money, and possibly a legal malpractice claim. According to Garczynski, managing scope creep starts with a clear engagement agreement and involves: continual monitoring of work performed throughout the engagement; active communication with clients; the establishment of a paper trail; and oversight by the firm, among other risk management measures. Click here to read the full article, “Atty Tips To Avoid 'Scope Creep' And Malpractice Claims,” published in Law360, March 2, 2020.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

2020 AE PL Insurance Market Survey

Ames & Gough has finished its 2020 AE PL Insurance Market Survey. As they look ahead to 2020, all insurers in the Ames & Gough survey of 15 leading insurance companies (which, on a combined basis, represent a significant percentage of the overall marketplace providing professional liability insurance to architects and engineers in the U.S.), are planning rate increases. Among them, 82 percent are seeking modest increases of up to 5 percent, while the remaining insurers are planning to raise rates by 6 - 10 percent. To learn more or obtain a copy please email info@amesgough.com. To read our press release click here.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Brian Lynch recognized among top specialist insurance brokers for associations/nonprofits

Brian Lynch, a client executive in the Ames & Gough Washington, DC office has been recognized by the editors of Insurance Business America among the magazine’s 47 “Top Specialist Brokers 2020” for his exceptional work with associations and nonprofits. He joined Ames & Gough in 2016 and leads the firm’s practice focusing on associations and nonprofit. Click here to read Brian Lynch’s profile in the February 2020 issue of Insurance Business America.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Rob Hughes offers insights to help A/E firms prepare for professional liability insurance renewals in evolving market

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough offered insights to help design firms prepare for their professional liability insurance renewals in an evolving marketplace. With the market beginning to show signs of tightening, A/E firms can benefit from understanding how professional liability insurance companies evaluate insurance buyers in terms of revenues, type of projects and loss experience. He explains how insurers calculate loss ratios for individual clients and shows how a long-term relationship with a carrier benefited an A/E firm with a recent loss. Click here to read the column, entitled “Putting your best foot forward,” appearing in the January 27, 2020 issue of The Zweig Letter. [Note: Article originally published January 27, 2020 in The Zweig Letter (https://www.thezweigletter.com), the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information log on to https://zweiggroup.com.]

Friday, January 24, 2020

Your Firm's Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System Could Open the Door for a Cyber Breach

To learn more on Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System and how it could cause a cyber breach click here.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Two Senior Execs Expand Leadership Roles; CEO Dan Knise Elected Chair

Join us in congratulating Matt Gough, Brett Gough and Dan Knise in their newly appointed positions at Ames & Gough. To learn more click here.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Dan Knise discusses emerging risks for Virginia businesses and related insurance protection

Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough was quoted extensively in a major feature article appearing in Virginia Business on emerging risks for area businesses. Knise discusses such exposures as hacking and cyber-attacks, employment practices, management liability, commercial auto and other risks, as well as trends in pricing and availability of insurance coverages designed to address them. Click here to access the online version of the  article, entitled “Clear and Present Dangers,” published in the December 2019 issue of Virginia Business

Monday, October 14, 2019

Rob Hughes discusses legacy liability issues for A/E firms involved in mergers and acquisitions

In an opinion column for The Zweig Letter, Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough, discusses legacy liability risks for design firms involved in mergers and acquisitions. In light of the continuing high volume of M&A transactions involving A/E firms, he points out that these potentially significant exposures – as well as sometimes unanticipated costs to address them such as through the purchase of  “tail” extensions to professional liability insurance policies – can stall M&A transactions, alter the terms and conditions, or even prevent deals from being completed. He also explains how professional liability “tail” insurance works, discusses typical coverage durations and potential opportunities for extending coverage beyond standard periods. Click here to read the column, entitled, “Don’t get hit by the tail,” which appeared on October 14. [Note: Article originally published October 14, 2019 in The Zweig Letter (https://www.thezweigletter.com), the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information log on to https://zweiggroup.com.]

 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Jessie Witherow Appointed Assistant Vice President

Ames & Gough is pleased to announce that Jessie Witherow has been appointed assistant vice president of Ames & Gough. To view the news release click here.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Rob Hughes discusses potential issues for A/E firms involved in projects for cannabis industry

In an opinion column for The Zweig Letter, Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough, discusses potential risks for design firms involved in projects for the cannabis industry. Notably, he examines how professional liability insurance underwriters might view these types of projects in terms of risk level and the pricing of coverage, and provides some considerations for design firms as they contemplate taking on this type of work. This includes uncertainty related to the legalization of cannabis for medicinal or recreational use by individual states and jurisdictions versus the federal government’s position on cannabis use and the emerging industry. Click here to read the column, entitled, “New Market, New Concerns,” which appeared on August 19. [Note: Article originally published August 19, 2019 in The Zweig Letter (https://www.thezweigletter.com), the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information log on to https://zweiggroup.com.]

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  • Ames & Gough has always been very responsive to our queries, large or small, for contract review and situations regarding potential liability. They have provided immediate answers to quick questions, offering clear advice and direction, and have responded promptly on the more comprehensive requests.

    Suzette Bois , Controller , SMRT, Inc.
  • During our more than five-year relationship with Ames & Gough, we have grown to depend heavily on their experience in the A/E industry. Their skill at identifying risk exposures, skill in reviewing our contracts, and personal approach to insurance brokerage have made Ames & Gough indispensable to our firm. As contract negotiations become more complicated and the risk of litigation greater, there is no price our firm can put on having Ames & Gough and a good lawyer on our team.

    Ms. Polly Brazelton, Senior Associate, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Beazley has had a close trading relationship with Ames & Gough since their formation in the 1990s. We consider them to be one of the real pros in their market niches of architects, engineers, and law firms. We appreciate their professional representation of their clients; as well as their integrity and attention to detail.

    Jerry Sullivan, Head of Professionals, Beazley Group
  • For years, Hogan Lovells has relied upon Ames & Gough’s deep understanding of the professional liability issues faced by law firms. Our firm’s needs are consistently met by responsive, friendly senior-level professionals with an unyielding focus on client service and putting our needs at the fore.

    Warren Gorrell, Jr., Former Co-Chairman, Hogan Lovells
  • Ames & Gough has gone above and beyond in delivering on all their promises and commitments to AGC of America and its Chapters. Their responsiveness and insurance acumen have set them apart from other brokers we've worked with.

    Monique T. Valentine, CPA, CFO, , Associated General Contractors of America
  • I've worked with Ames & Gough for years regarding our firm's professional liability insurance. Ames & Gough has some of the most knowledgeable insurance professionals that I have met. They understand our business and apply their very deep insurance knowledge to help us. They are customer-focused and always put our firm's needs ahead of their own. Ames & Gough is out to save us money while also looking out for our best interests.

    Donald P. Nims, Jr., PE, Quality Assurance & Risk Manager, Bergmann Associates, Inc.
  • Everyone at Ames & Gough has tremendous depths of knowledge about both design professionals and managing risk in the construction process. We refer firms to Ames & Gough because their professionalism is obvious from the first conversation. Their client focus, nationwide reach, and high level of services makes Ames & Gough an outstanding broker for any design professional. We've given Ames & Gough our 'Elite Broker' designation signifying that they are truly dedicated experts.

    Duane S. Repko, Vice President and Underwriting Manager-AE National Accounts Division, Victor O. Schinnerer & Company
  • We have a lot of vendors, but Ames & Gough is not a vendor, they are our partners!

    Kevin Kokal, Founder & Owner, Alliance Engineering, Inc.
  • Ames & Gough has proven, in a short time, to be a responsive, knowledgeable partner for AIR. Everyone on the team is quick to get back to us whenever we have a question. Importantly, they are also well-versed in the issues and possible solutions that confront our organization and have always been able to solve or prevent a problem. Better yet, they've saved us money and improved the coverage under our various insurance policies.

    Larry Trapuzzano, Director of Facilities & Administration, American Institutes for Research
  • Ames & Gough has worked closely, proactively, and successfully with our law firm. They have been very effective at obtaining the best insurance coverage for the best price. Additionally, the personnel have been extremely responsive on all our risk management issues. They are very knowledgeable and we are glad they are an integral part of our team.

    Steve Leonard, Chief Operating Officer, Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP
  • We rely on Ames & Gough as our portal to the commercial insurance market for law firms. Their knowledge and service are exemplary, and we thank them for their contributions to our success.

    Phil Sunshine, General Counsel, Finnegan
  • Effective risk management is an integral part of our company's productivity goals. Ames & Gough provides the support we need to help us understand and implement good risk management practices. Their professional seminars and outstanding support have helped us to keep our insurance costs down as well as to maintain high standards. We value our relationship with them, are happy that they are part of our team, and thank them for their contributions to our success.

    Mark Teden, Executive Vice President/Treasurer, Bruner/Cott & Associates, Inc.
  • I believe we were Ames & Gough's first client. In those 25 years, they have never failed to provide us with exceptional service, well beyond being only our A/E broker. Their depth of service, their technical expertise, and their responsiveness to our requests set them apart and account for our long-term relationship.

    Jim Fagan, Chairman of the Board, Hazen and Sawyer
  • Ames & Gough's expertise in insurance and risk issues important to our association has been obvious. They have been quick to identify issues and opportunities and follow-through to improve our coverage and save us money. We highly recommend Ames & Gough to any association seeking a professional insurance broker partner.

    David Fitzsimmons, VP of Finance & Accounting, National Association of Chain Drug Stores
  • The expertise of the individuals at Ames & Gough has been invaluable to Hoyle Tanner. Over the course of many years, they have consistently provided Hoyle Tanner with knowledgeable advice and excellent service.

    James D. Boothroyd, P.E. , President, Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc.