Monday, February 18, 2013

Ames & Gough: Take Note of Risk and Insurance Issues in M&A Deals

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough examinies potential risks for design firms involved in mergers and acquisitions and discusses relevant risk management strategies, including key insurance coverages. Click here to read the full text of the column by Dan Knise.  [Note:  Article originally published February 18, 2013 in The Zweig Letter (, the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms.  For more information, log on to]


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ames & Gough Appoints Jared J. Maxwell as Senior Client Executive in Boston

Ames & Gough has expanded its client service team in Boston with the appointment of Jared J. Maxwell as a senior client executive. 

Click here to read the full text of the news release issued February 7, 2013.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ames & Gough Outlines Opportunities and Risks of Green Building Projects

In an article for Consulting-Specifying Engiener, Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough discusses the opportunities and risks for engineers involved in green building projects.  He also describes approaches for managing potential exposures.  Click here to read the online version of the article, "Green is Gold, But May Be Risky," in the January-February 2013 issue.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Eileen Garczynski and Rob Hughes Appointed Equity Partners of Ames & Gough

Ames & Gough has appointed Eileen Garczynski and Rob Hughes equity partners of the firm.  The appointments bring to nine the number of active partners of Ames & Gough.  Click here to read the full text of the news release issued January 31, 2013.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Dan Knise Discusses Prospects for Holding Future Olympic Games in Baltimore-DC Region

Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough discussed the prospects of bringing the 2024 Summer Olympic Games to the Baltimore-Washington, DC region in an interview with The Baltimore Sun.  He led the area's previous effort to bring this year's games to the region.  Click here to read the full text of the article, which ran in The Baltimore Sun, August 5, 2012.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dan Knise Cites Benefits of Bringing 2024 Olympics to DC

In an interview with the Washington Business Journal, Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough cites the economic benefits that hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics could bring to Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD.  Some years ago, he led the area's effort to bring this year's games to the U.S. capital.  Click here to read the full text of the column published August 2, 2012 in Washintong Business Journal.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Ames & Gough Looks at Exposures for Engineers in Marcellus Shale

In an article for CE News, Rob Hughes, senior vice president, Ames & Gough, looks at evolving exposures for engineers arising out of work in Marcellus Shale in the context of the current shale boom and over time as the region matures and the nature of engineering work begins to shift.  Click here to read the online version of the article, "Marcellus Shale Opportunities Abound for Engineers, But So Do Risks," in the July 2012, issue.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ames & Gough Examines Risk and Rewards of Alternate Project Delivery for Civil Engineers

In an article for CE News, Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough, outlines several key risks for civil engineers involved in design-build and private-public parntnerships, as well as measures to address them.  Click here to read the online version of the article, "Alternate Project Delivery Brings Risks With Rewards," appearing in the June 2012 issue.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ames & Gough Survey: Law Firms See Steep Rise in Large Malpractice Claims in 2012

Although the frequency of malpractice claims brought against law firms in the U.S. appears to be leveling off, the number of large claims is rising sharply.  A new study by insurance broker Ames & Gough finds a growing number of leading malpractice insurers have paid claims in excessof $50 million.  Click here to read the full text of the news release issued on June 13, 2012.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Chemical Specialty Insurance Program Managed by Ames & Gough Enhances Pollution Coverage

CSI Raises Sublimits under General Liability Offering

As a program manager for Consumer Specialties Insurance Company (CSI), Ames & Gough is pleased to announce that CSI has increased the pollution liability protection available under its industry-leading general liability insurance program.  Specifically, CSI raised the pollution liability sub-limit to $250,000 per occurrence (up from $100,000 previously).  Click here to read the full text of the new release issued May 15, 2012.


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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    David Fitzsimmons, VP of Finance & Accounting, National Association of Chain Drug Stores
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    Kevin Kokal, Founder & Owner, Alliance Engineering, Inc.
  • 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
  • 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
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    Donald P. Nims, Jr., PE, Quality Assurance & Risk Manager, Bergmann Associates, Inc.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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    Mark Teden, Executive Vice President/Treasurer, Bruner/Cott & Associates, Inc.
  • 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.