Monday, September 22, 2014

The Zweig Letter: Guest Column by Rob Hughes - Implications for Design Firms of Expanded USGS Earthquake Zones

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough discusses opportunities and risks for design firms arising from the expanded U.S. earthquake zones. The zones are identified in the U.S. Geological Survey’s U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps issued in July 2014. Click here to read the column, published in the Sept. 22 issue of The Zweig Letter. [Note: Article originally published Sept. 22, 2014 in The Zweig Letter (, the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information, log on to]

Monday, September 8, 2014

ABA Appoints Eileen Garczynski To Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability

The American Bar Association (ABA) has appointed Eileen Garczynski as a member of its Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability. Ms. Garczynski is a senior vice president and partner with Ames & Gough. Click here to read the full text of the news release issued September 8, 2014.

Monday, August 4, 2014

How Much Professional Liability Insurance Do You Need? Ames & Gough Outlines Considerations For A/E Firms

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough reviews a number of considerations to help architectural and engineering firms determine how much professional liability insurance they may require.  Click here to read the column, published in the August 4 issue of The Zweig Letter.  [Note:  Article originally published August 4, 2014 in The Zweig Letter (, the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms.  For more information, log on to]

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Survey - Law Firms See Rise In Malpractice Claims Severity

Ames & Gough released their 2014 Survey from Insurance Companies - Most Leading Law Firm Insurers See Uptick in Claims above $50 Million. Click here to read the full news release.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Zweig Letter: Guest Column by Dan Knise - A Complete & Accurate Application Can Help Design Firms Save Professional Liability Insurance Costs

In a guest column for The Zweig Letter, Dan Knise, president and CEO, Ames & Gough describes how paying attention to detail in completing an application for professional liability may help architectural and engineering firms save some costs on their coverage. Click here to read the column, published in the June 2 issue of the Zweig Letter. [Note: Article originally published June 2, 2014 in The Zweig Letter (, the voice of reason for A/E/P and environmental consulting firms. For more information, log on to]

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ames & Gough Appoints Katherine O'Brien as Broker in McLean Office

Ms. O'Brien, whose more than 14 years of insurance experience encompasses all areas of account management and agency operations, will serve in the firm's Property/Casualty Department.  Read full text of new release issued May 20, 2014.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ames & Gough Appoints Charlie Vonderheid as Senior Vice President

One of the industry's most prominent executives, Mr. Vonderheid will focus on client management, new business development, risk management and claims services.  He will be based in the firm's McLean, VA office.  Read full text of news release issued May 13, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Architects & Engineers 2014 Professional Liability Insurance Market Survey

Ames & Gough Insurer Survey: Architects & Engineers Professional Liability Insurance Market Remains Competitive Despite Insurers' Push For Rate Hikes

Although most insurers providing professional liability insurance for architects and engineers sought to raise rates last year, the size of the increases generally failed to meet their expectations. Nevertheless, nearly all leading insurers offering this specialty coverage did see premium growth in 2013 mainly from new business, an improving economy and moderately higher rates. A new survey by Ames & Gough finds a majority of these insurers expect to seek further modest increases this year to compensate for what many of them consider inadequate pricing. Click here to read the new release issued March 10, 2014 annoucing key findings of the survey.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

News Release: Ames & Gough Appoints Tom Marchetti as Equity Partner

Ames & Gough is pleased to announce that Tom Marchetti, Vice President, has been appointed as an Equity Partner. To read the full news release, please click here.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ames & Gough Warns Design Firms of Hidden Risks in Contract Language

In a "Viewpoint" column for Engineering News-Record, Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough, observes that a growing number of owners, other clients and their attorneys are inserting subtle language in contracts that avoids hot-button words and phrases but still sets higher standards of care and overly broad risk transfer.  He provides examples of such wording, their implications, and ways for design and construction professionals to respond and reduce their risks.  Click here to read the online version of Mr. Hughes' column, which first ran online at ENR on November 27, 2013.


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    Jerry Sullivan, Head of Professionals, Beazley Group
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    Warren Gorrell, Jr., Former Co-Chairman, Hogan Lovells
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    Larry Trapuzzano, Director of Facilities & Administration, American Institutes for Research
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