Thursday, May 30, 2019

Lawyers Professional Liability Insurers 9th Annual Claims Survey

In it's ninth annual survey of lawyers professional liability claims, Ames & Gough examined the trend by polling 11 of the leading lawyers' professional liability insurance companies that on a combined basis provide insurance to approximately 80 percent of the AmLaw 200 firms. For more information or to obtain a copy of the survey email us at For a copy of the news release click here.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Joan Delorey and Jared Maxwell discuss emerging risk management issues for A/E firms; update professional liability insurance market conditions

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Joan DeLorey, senior vice president and partner, Ames &  Gough, and Jared Maxwell, vice president and partner, discuss emerging risk management issues for A/E firms and describe how they’re viewed by professional liability insurers. Their commentary, which draws on the findings of the firm’s 2019 A/E Professional Liability Insurance Survey, describes how insurers view various underwriting risks, including project type and discipline. Notably, A/E firms expanding their business organically, through acquisitions or by taking on new types of projects should assess how these initiatives might affect their risk profiles and related professional liability insurance costs. Click here to read the column, entitled, “Key Factors,” which appeared on May 13. [Note: Article originally published May 13, 2019 in The Zweig Letter (, the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information log on to]

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wayne Marshall recaps state of insurance market session at ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference for Bloomberg Law

Wayne Marshall, vice president, Ames & Gough, participated in the recent ABA National Malpractice Conference and provided a review of the panel discussion on the state of the market for lawyers’ professional liability insurance. His commentary and summaries of other presentations were reported by Bloomberg Law and can be accessed using the following link:

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Eileen Garczynski authors ABA book on management liability for law firms

As a special advisor to and former appointed member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, Eileen Garczynski, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough, has authored the ABA’s book on protecting law firms from management liability exposures, including directors and officers liability, employment practices liability and fiduciary liability. The book is available for purchase onsite at the ABA Spring 2019 Malpractice Conference, April 3 - 5 in Miami Beach; Ms. Garczynski also will lead a breakout session on the topic, Thursday, April 4, from 2 - 3 p.m. during the conference. For conference details and registration, visit

Monday, February 25, 2019

2019 Professional Liability Insurance Company Survey Released

Please review the survey results from our 2019 survey to professional liability insurance companies. The news release is attached sharing an overview of the results. To learn more send us an email.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Ames & Gough Appoints Marguerite Parent As Equity Partner

Join us in congratulating Marguerite Parent as the newest equity partner at Ames & Gough. To view the press release click here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ames & Gough announces Matt Gough and Brett Gough as Executive Vice Presidents and heads of office

On January 9, 2019 Ames & Gough released news that Matt Gough and Brett Gough were appointed Executive Vice Presidents and will lead the firms operations in Washington, DC and Boston, MA. To see the full press release please click here.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Brian Lynch interviewed for the Insurance Business Americas (IBA) newsletter

Ames & Gough's Brian Lynch, client executive, was interviewed by the Insurance Business Americas (IBA) for the January 2019 newsletter. The topic of discussion was benchmarking and how it can be used as a tool for brokers serving non-profits. To read the full article please click here.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Frances Railey describes onerous “duty to defend” obligations for A/E firms in indemnification provisions and unveils new insurance solution

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Frances Railey, senior vice president and partner Ames & Gough, discusses “duty to defend” obligations for A/E firms in indemnification provisions that can result in significant contractual liabilities, which may not be covered by their professional liability policies. She also outlines potential remedies, such as trying to negotiate for the removal of onerous wording, and discusses a breakthrough new insurance solution that provides coverage for this risk. Click here to read the column, entitled, “Take a look,” which appeared on Dec. 17. [Note: Article originally published Dec. 17, 2018 in The Zweig Letter  (, the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information, log on to]

Monday, November 26, 2018

Rob Hughes discusses A/E firm opportunities, risks related to severe weather events

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough looks at the increasing frequency of large-scale severe weather events in the U.S. and their implications for design firms. He observes that while A/E firms can be problem solvers to help harden communities against the impact of future storms, they need to approach such opportunities with an understanding of potential standard of care issues associated with current and future building code changes and related factors. Those involved in post-event forensic work need to be aware of potential conflicts if they are retained by insurers or other firms whose interests are contrary to those of their design clients. Click here to read the column, entitled, “Hail, wind, and floods,” which appeared on Nov. 26. [Note: Article originally published Nov. 26, 2018 in The Zweig Letter (, the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information, log on to]


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