Monday, December 5, 2011

Ames & Gough: Design Professionals Beware Onerous Contract

In a "Viewpoint" column for Engineering News-Record, Mike Herlihy, executive vice president and partner, Ames & Gough writes that ownders are inappropriately transferring risk to design professionals and others without considering the impact on the professionals and their insurance program.  Read the online version of Mr. Herlihy's column, by clicking the article title:  "Owner Clauses:  Bad Practice?"

Sunday, November 27, 2011

CSI Appoints Ames & Gough As The New Program Manager

Ames & Gough has been appointed by Consumer Specialties Insurance Company (Risk Retention Group) as the new Program Manager for the CSI Program as of December 1, 2011. Click here for the Press Release.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ames & Gough Promotes Four Executives

Ames & Gough announced the promotions of four officers.  Ames & Gough partners Joan DeLorey, Frances Railey, and Matthew Gough have been promoted to senior vice president.  The firm also promoted Tom Marchetti, a client executive, to assistant vice president.  Click here to read the full text of the news release issued September 22, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Law Firms Not Spared From Rising Tide of Employment-Related Litigation

Law firms, like other employers, are not immune from employment practices liability litigation. Eileen Garczynski, of Ames & Gough, has written an article published on the Maryland Bar Associations website about practical steps to managing employment risks. To view this article click here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ames & Gough Insurer Survey: Law Firms Face Rising Number Of Malpractice Claims

The recent economic recession and prolonged real estate market slump are triggering a rise in the number of malpractice or professional liability claims lodged against law firms this year.A new study by Ames & Gough finds lawyers’ professional liability claim levels up in 2011 by as much as 20 percent at some of the leading insurance companies providing coverage for this exposure. Click here to read the full text of the news release issued June 28, 2011.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ames & Gough Issues Alert Outlining Approaches For Law Firms To Manage Employment-Related Exposures

The growing number of high-profile employment-related lawsuits throughout the U.S. have come at the expense of a wide range of employers, including law firms, which have been sued by their own employees or by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC). A new Information Alert from Ames & Gough examines employment-related exposures for law firms and outlines approaches to manage them. Click here to read full text of news release issued April 19, 2011.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Architects & Engineers Professional Liability Insurance Market Stable, But Some May See Higher Rates

A new survey by Ames & Gough finds that while a number of leading insurance companies offering architects and engineers professional liability coverage expect to raise premium rates in 2011, competition is keeping the market steady. Read full text of the news release issued February 23, 2011.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ames & Gough Develops Breakthrough Insurance Solution For Major Project Using IPD

Ames & Gough recently achieved an industry first with the design and placement of a unique insurance solution for a major healtlhcare project that has implemented Integrated Project Delivery. Click here to read the full article appearing in The Zweig Lettter.
[Note: Article originally published in The Zweig Letter (, a ZweigWhite weekly management newsletter, on Feb. 21, 2011. To find out more about ZweigWhite log on to]

Friday, February 4, 2011

Ames & Gough Issues Alert Advising Architects, Engineers To Take Steps To Manage Risks Related To Green Building Projects

With President Obama pushing for tax incentives to stimulate green building, Ames & Gough issued an information alert to help design firms understand and navigate the various risks associated with green building projects. Read full text of news release issued February 4, 2011.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ames & Gough’s Mike Herlihy To Discuss IPD At ACEC/NY Winter Conference, January 23-25, in Albany, NY

Mike Herlihy, a partner of Ames & Gough based in the firm’s Boston office, will speak on Integrated Project Delivery at the ACEC/NY Winter Conference, in Albany, January 23 - 25. Ames & Gough also is a sponsor of the Conference.


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    Jerry Sullivan, Head of Professionals, Beazley Group
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    James D. Boothroyd, P.E. , President, Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc.
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    Jim Fagan, Chairman of the Board, Hazen and Sawyer
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    David Fitzsimmons, VP of Finance & Accounting, National Association of Chain Drug Stores
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    Phil Sunshine, General Counsel, Finnegan
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    Suzette Bois , Controller , SMRT, Inc.
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    Monique T. Valentine, CPA, CFO, , Associated General Contractors of America
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    Mark Teden, Executive Vice President/Treasurer, Bruner/Cott & Associates, Inc.
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    Donald P. Nims, Jr., PE, Quality Assurance & Risk Manager, Bergmann Associates, Inc.
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    Ms. Polly Brazelton, Senior Associate, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
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    Larry Trapuzzano, Director of Facilities & Administration, American Institutes for Research
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    Kevin Kokal, Founder & Owner, Alliance Engineering, Inc.
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    Bruce Matson, Chief Legal Officer, LeClairRyan
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    Duane S. Repko, Vice President and Underwriting Manager-AE National Accounts Division, Victor O. Schinnerer & Company
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    Warren Gorrell, Jr., Former Co-Chairman, Hogan Lovells
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    Steve Leonard, Chief Operating Officer, Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP