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Monday, January 11, 2016

Rob Hughes examines Pennsylvania Superior Court rulings that may expand design firm liability

In an op-ed article for The Zweig Letter, Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough, examines two rulings by Pennsylvania’s Superior Court that may expand liability for design firms operating in Pennsylvania. The first opinion, Truax v. Roulhac, involved a bodily injury claim sustained by a pedestrian and suggests that designing to code might not be sufficient to protect an A/E firm from potential liability. The second opinion, Gongloff Contracting L.L.C. v. L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Architects and Engineers Inc., erodes Pennsylvania’s interpretation of the economic loss doctrine. Click here to read the article, which appeared on January 11, 2016. [Note: Article originally published Jan. 11, 2016 in The Zweig Letter (http://www.thezweigletter.com (link is external)), the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information log on to http://www.zweigwhite.com (link is external).]

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Tom Marchetti discusses event cancellation risks, insurance in Association News

In an article for Association News, Tom Marchetti, vice president and partner, Ames & Gough, examines the risks for associations that arise when bad weather or other circumstances cause the cancellation of an event or significant curtailment in attendance. He also discusses ways to manage these exposures, including the purchase of specialized insurance, explains various coverage features and tells how to get the most for your premium dollars. Click here to read the article, “Confronting the consequences of event cancellation,” published in the December 2015 issue of Association News. Copyright © 2015 by Schneider Publishing Company, Inc. Used with permission. Visit: http://www.associationnews.com/

 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Q&A with Mike Herlihy: Emerging risks and best practices for A/E firms

Mike Herlihy, executive vice president and partner, Ames & Gough, discussed emerging risks for A/E firms and best practices for managing them during an interview with Russ Ryan, principal, Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners, LLC published in Informed Infrastructure magazine. Mr. Herlihy discussed such risks as those related to computers, Internet, email, drones, employment practices, and increased employee use of automobiles for business. He also reviewed related risk management measures, including insurance. Click here to access the November/December 2015 issue of Informed Infrastructure and go to page 18 to access the interview.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Mike Herlihy discusses crisis planning and management for A/E Firms

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Mike Herlihy, executive vice president and partner, Ames & Gough, reviewed steps for A/E firms to prepare for and manage a crisis. From strengthening relationships with clients and project participants to knowing the warning signs of potential issues, he identified ways for design firms to spot and avoid potential crises. He also discussed the process of creating a crisis plan and responding to crisis events, including working with insurance brokers to notify insurance companies and file related claims. Click here to read the column, which appeared on November 9, 2015. [Note:  Article originally published Nov. 9, 2015 in The Zweig Letter (http://www.thezweigletter.com), the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information log on to http://www.zweigwhite.com.]

Friday, October 2, 2015

Tom Marchetti lists steps for nonprofits to manage cyber risk; discusses insurance coverage

In an article for Nonprofit World, Tom Marchetti, vice president and partner, Ames & Gough, discusses strategies for nonprofits and associations to manage risks associated with hacking incidents and other cyber events. He also reviews the various insurance coverages that might help organizations obtain recovery from the financial consequences of cyber incidents. Click here to read this article, “Avoid Catastrophe by Addressing Cyber Risk,” published in the July-August-September issue of Nonprofit World. Copyright © 1999-2015: Society for Nonprofits. Used with permission. Visit: https://www.snpo.org/index.php

Monday, July 20, 2015

Dan Knise advises A/E Firms to conduct thorough contract reviews before signing

In an op-ed article for The Zweig Letter, Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough, stressed the need for design firms to review all contracts carefully before signing them. He advises A/E firms to work with their attorneys and insurance brokers to make sure they understand any added risks and to revise contract wording and to mitigate exposures.  He also cites key clauses that should be subject to added scrutiny, including those related to standard of care, express warranties and guarantees, and indemnification, as well as issues related to ownership of documents and construction-phase services.  Click here to read the article, which appeared on July 20, 2015.  [Note:  Article originally published July 20, 2015 in The Zweig Letter (http://www.thezweigletter.com), the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information log on to http://www.zweigwhite.com.]

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ames & Gough Survey: Most Leading Law Firm Insurers Cite Trusts & Estates as Practice Area Generating Most Claims

In its fifth 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 100 firms. Click here to read the news release.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Jared Maxwell discusses employment-related risks for A/E firms.

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Jared Maxwell, assistant vice president, Ames & Gough discusses the expanding employment-related risks for businesses throughout the U.S. He outlines a two-pronged strategy for design firms to manage these exposures, including the adoption of sound risk management practices and the purchase of specialized insurance.  He explains key coverage features and notes critical differences in various employment practices liability insurance policies currently available. Click here to read the column, published June 22, 2015 in The Zweig Letter.  [Note:  Column originally published June 22, 2015 in The Zweig Letter (http://www.thezweigletter.com), the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms.  For more information log on to http://www.zweigwhite.com.]

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ames & Gough Appoints Jay Bateson as Senior Broker & Vice President

Mr. Bateson, who has nearly three decades of insurance brokerage experience, will be responsible for placing property and casualty, management liability and professional liability insurance for several of the firm’s larger clients. He will also assist with training more junior staff, building insurer relationships and providing risk management support to clients.  To read the full news release, please click here.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Dan Knise discusses A/E professional liability insurance market and renewal strategies for design firms

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough, discusses findings of the Ames & Gough 2015 Professional Liability Insurance Market Survey and their implications for design firms.  While insurers generally are seeking modest rate increases, in rating individual accounts they are focusing more on recent and historic loss experience, changes in project mix, among other key underwriting factors.  In this environment, besides assessing how new project work might affect their risk profiles, A/E firms need to maintain effective risk management, which includes carefully reviewing contractual agreements, effective project management, and proactive client communications and claim reporting.  Click here to read the column, which appeared on April 13, 2015.  [Note:  Column originally published April 13, 2015 in The Zweig Letter (http://www.thezweigletter.com), the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms.  For more information log on to http://www.zweigwhite.com.]

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  • 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
  • Effective risk management is an integral part of our company's productivity goals. Ames & Gough provides the support we need to help us understand and implement good risk management practices. Their professional seminars and outstanding support have helped us to keep our insurance costs down as well as to maintain high standards. We value our relationship with them, are happy that they are part of our team, and thank them for their contributions to our success.

    Mark Teden, Executive Vice President/Treasurer, Bruner/Cott & Associates, 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Ames & Gough's expertise in insurance and risk issues has been invaluable to LeClairRyan. Our law firm's needs have been consistently met with their top of the line client service. Ames & Gough has been quick to identify gaps in coverage while reducing our insurance costs and saving us money. We highly recommend Ames & Gough to any law firm looking for senior-level professionals that can help contribute to your firm’s success.

    Bruce Matson, Chief Legal Officer, LeClairRyan
  • We have a lot of vendors, but Ames & Gough is not a vendor, they are our partners!

    Kevin Kokal, Founder & Owner, Alliance Engineering, 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.
  • 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
  • Ames & Gough's expertise in insurance and risk issues important to our association has been obvious. They have been quick to identify issues and opportunities and follow-through to improve our coverage and save us money. We highly recommend Ames & Gough to any association seeking a professional insurance broker partner.

    David Fitzsimmons, VP of Finance & Accounting, National Association of Chain Drug Stores
  • 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
  • I've worked with Ames & Gough for years regarding our firm's professional liability insurance. Ames & Gough has some of the most knowledgeable insurance professionals that I have met. They understand our business and apply their very deep insurance knowledge to help us. They are customer-focused and always put our firm's needs ahead of their own. Ames & Gough is out to save us money while also looking out for our best interests.

    Donald P. Nims, Jr., PE, Quality Assurance & Risk Manager, Bergmann Associates, Inc.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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