Ames & Gough: What Design Professionals Need To Know About Insurance Certificates

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Dan Knise, president and CEO of Ames & Gough, describes changes in the standard ACORD certificate of insurance format that will require changes in handling contract provisions and certificate of insurance requests. Today, almost every contract for design or construction services involves the use of an insurance certificate. Mr. Knise discusses options available under the new standards and steps to satisfy your clients’ requirements and requests. Click here to access the full text of the column by Dan Knise. [Note: Article originally published in The Zweig Letter (, the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information, log on to]

Ames & Gough: Successfully Navigating Challenges Associated With Certification

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Matt Gough, vice president and partner of Ames & Gough, looks into the challenges for design professionals associated with certification and offers steps to navigate them. As an extension of their services for clients, many design professionals are asked to issue certifications. In an attempt to please their clients, many architects and engineers sign the agreements without reviewing them carefully. This may leave them with large and often uninsured liability exposures. Mr Gough discusses the issues and outlines strategies to minimize these risks. Click here to access the full text of the column by Matt Gough. [Note: Article originally published in The Zweig Letter (, the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information, log on to]

New Chubb Professional Liability Insurance Policy for CMAA Members Available Exclusively Through Ames & Gough As CMAA’s Endorsed Insurance Agency Partner

The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and Chubb Group of Insurance Companiesrecently announced that Chubb will offer a specially tailored policy, Construction Managers Errors & Omissions Liability Insurance, to CMAA member firms and sole proprietors with up to $10 million in fees. The Chubb policy, which will help protect construction managers against the costs associated with a liability lawsuit resulting from errors, omissions or negligence in providing a service, is available exclusively through Ames & Gough, the CMAA's endorsed insurance agency partner. CMAA members can obtain additional product details through their Ames & Gough client executive. To read the news release announcing the new insurance policy, visit

Engineers Eyeing Marcellus Shale Opportunities Need To Weigh Risks

As engineering firms seek to capitalize on opportunities presented by the growing number of exploration and development projects in Marcellus Shale, they need to assess carefully the unique and potentially significant exposures associated with them. Robert Hughes, a client executive in the Philadelphia office of Ames & Gough, discussed risks for engineers at a meeting of the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania. Click here to read the full text of the news release on his presentation.

The Zweig Letter: Guest Column by Dan Knise - Professional Liability Insurance Renewal Strategies for Design Firms

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough emphasizes that architectural and engineering firms need to maintain their focus on sound risk management as they renew their professional liability insurance in an evolving market. Click here to read the column, published in the March 24 issue of the Zweig Letter. [Note: Article originally published March 24, 2014 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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