Monday, July 23, 2018

With many design firms in growth mode Rob Hughes advises making sure risk and insurance programs keep pace with heightened exposures

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough observes that as design firms see their revenues grow, they need to make sure their risk management and professional liability insurance programs are keeping pace with their evolving risk profiles. He notes  that while the commercial insurance market for professional liability insurance remains competitive, A/E firms may be in position to raise their protection levels without incurring significant additional costs for their insurance.  Click here to read the column, entitled, “Heightened Growth, Heightened Risk,” which appeared on July 23. [Note: Article originally published July 23, 2018 in The Zweig Letter (], the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information log on to]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

2018 LPL Insurer Survey

In its eighth annual survey of lawyers’ professional liability claims, Ames & Gough examined the trend by polling nine of the leading lawyers’ professional liability insurance companies that on a combined basis provide insurance to approximately 80 percent of the Am Law 200 firms. For the news release click here.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Joan DeLorey outlines strategies for design firms to get most from soft market for professional liability insurance

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Joan DeLorey, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough recaps  key findings of the firm’s 2018 A/E Professional Liability Insurance Survey and highlights measures for design firms to assess their evolving risks and professional liability insurance needs. She lists some of the new and expanded coverages available under certain professional liability insurance policies and points out their potential benefits and limitations. Even though commercial insurance market conditions are generally soft, she emphasizes the need for A/E firms to continue to practice sound risk management. Click here to read the column, entitled, “A buyers market,” which appeared on June 4. [Note: Article originally published June 4, 2018 in The Zweig Letter(, the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information log on to]

Friday, June 1, 2018

Dan Knise discusses design-build and P3 in Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine

In an interview with Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine, Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough discusses the increasing popularity of design-build, especially with respect to P3 projects, and traces the origins of this delivery method to medieval times. While he acknowledges the potential rewards for A/E firms participating in these projects, he also points out some inherent risks and approaches for managing them. Click here to read the article, “Design-Build,” appearing in the June 2018 issue of Civil + Structural Engineering Magazine.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Brian Lynch describes how associations can protect against risks of event cancellation

In an article for ASAE’s Association Advisor, Brian Lynch, client executive, Ames & Gough and leader of the firm’s Association/Nonprofit division, discusses how associations can protect themselves against financial risks related to event cancellation and curtailment. Specifically, he discusses various features of event cancellation insurance that can apply to different circumstances where an association may have to cancel an event or suffer a significant reduction in attendance. He also discusses policy coverages and restrictions, including factors that might affect rates. To read the article, “Protecting critical association revenue streams: Managing the risk of event cancellation,” click here.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Mike Herlihy discusses P3 risks and opportunities for design firms

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Mike Herlihy, executive vice president and partner, Ames & Gough discusses opportunities and risks public-private partnerships (P3) represent for design firms. As a growing number of projects in the U.S. involve P3s, he explains how these projects are typically structured. He looks at the various roles for A/E firms in P3 projects, their relative risks and provides examples of issues for design firms involved in P3s around the world. He lists measures A/E firms can take to mitigate risks, noting that by understanding the risks of P3 projects design firms will likely be in a better position to take advantage of these potential opportunities. Click here to read the column, entitled, “Public-private partnerships,” which appeared on Feb. 19. [Note: Article originally published Feb. 19, 2018 in The Zweig Letter ( the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information log on to]

Monday, December 11, 2017

Rob Hughes offers insights for A/E firms to assess professional liability insurance limits

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough, discusses how contractual requirements, evolving risk issues and other considerations may prompt A/E firms to reassess their professional liability insurance limits. He points out that while higher limits may be appropriate given increased risks, design firms may be able to negotiate with clients on requirements by presenting worst-case loss scenarios or noting added premium costs for subs to purchase higher limits to meet requirements. He also lists pros and cons of new coverage options for project-specific needs. Click here to read the column, entitled, “Policy quest,” which appeared on Dec. 11. [Note: Article originally published Dec. 11, 2017 in The Zweig Letter ( the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information log on to]

Monday, October 30, 2017

Wayne Marshall advises A/E firms with new projects to review contracts carefully

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Wayne Marshall, vice president and head of New York operations, Ames & Gough, advises A/E firms with new projects to review any contracts carefully before signing. He cites examples of contractual language, clauses and definitions that may impose significant financial burdens on design firms, which may not be covered by their professional liability insurance. Click here to read the column, entitled, Look before you leap,” which appeared on Oct. 30. [Note: Article originally published Oct. 30, 2017 in The Zweig Letter (The Zweig Letterthe voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information log on to]

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Dan Knise discusses risks for A/E firms associated with drone use

In a Q&A with Professional Liability Magazine, Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough discusses risks for design firms associated with drone use and operations. He also reviews related insurance coverages, including stand-alone insurance policies for drone use now available to design firms. Click here to read the full text of the Spotlight article: “Dan Knise Talks Drone Coverage Options, Risks, and Trends,” published in the September 2017 issue. [Note: Article reprinted from the September 2017 issue of Professional Liability Magazine with permission of the publisher, Goldberg Segalla. For additional information, visit]

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Ames & Gough 2017 Survey: Legal Malpractice Claims Stabilize, But Remain Above Pre-Recession Levels

The number of new malpractice claims brought against law firms is stabilizing, but remains well above historical experience in years preceding the 2007 - 2009 recession. A new study by Ames & Gough finds most leading legal malpractice insurers saw their claims level off in 2016 as the cost to defend claims continued to escalate. Click here to read the news release issued July 28, 2017 announcing key findings of the survey.


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