About Us

Building a trusted relationship with our clients is at the core of what we do and who we are. Our CLIENT FIRST culture enables us to operate as a long-term partner helping our client grow.

About Ames & Gough

Ames & Gough was started in 1992 by Marty Ames and Gary Gough.  Prior to starting Ames & Gough, Marty Ames was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Victor O. Schinnerer and responsible for managing the Schinnerer/CNA architect/engineer insurance program.  Gary Gough served as a special risk management and claims advisor for Schinnerer/CNA.  Prior to that, Gary was executive vice president and general counsel for HDR as well as serving in the general counsel’s office for Peter Kiewit Corporation.

Marty and Gary envisioned a different type of insurance brokerage model.  Their idea was to create a firm staffed by professionals knowledgeable in the insurance and risk management needs of design professionals.  The backgrounds of our professional staff include former senior insurance company executives, former professional liability insurance underwriters, attorneys and claim specialists.  As a flat organization structure, each partner is personally responsible for client service, thus our clients benefit from more timely response to their insurance and risk management needs.

Ames & Gough continues to be an industry-focused specialty insurance brokerage. We serve clients domiciled in 50 states and consult on risk and insurance issues around the world from our offices in Boston, Philadelphia, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. Our exceptional client retention rate is a reflection of our commitment to service. Ames & Gough’s CLIENT FIRST philosophy is founded on four principles:

Industry Expertise – Our discerning approach on industry specialization enables Ames & Gough to better understand and manage our clients’ risks. Our “foot wide, mile deep” method provides unmatched knowledge and insight providing tremendous value to our clients. We serve only six industry segments: architect & engineers, construction firms, law firms, associations & non-profits, government entities and consulting firms.

Service by Senior People – Our senior partners spend less than 10 percent of their time managing and more than 90 percent providing service to clients. Large clients have two senior partners involved with their accounts, ensuring that someone is always available.

Strategic Advice – Our clients appreciate Ames & Gough’s focus on advising, not selling. We provide insightful risk management advice that enables our clients to improve profits and grow their firms.

Client Advocacy – We take our role as insurance broker seriously. We aggressively negotiate superior deals for our clients and maintain a reputation for fairness and integrity with insurers.

By offering quality people with decades of industry-specific experience who are focused on providing sound advice, Ames & Gough operates as a long-term partner dedicated to helping our clients grow and earn more profit.

In the News



WASHINGTON, DC, May 15, 2024 – In their efforts to sustain and grow their business while reducing risks and minimizing the potential for malpractice claims, law firms
throughout the U.S. must constantly navigate challenges of lateral movement, cyber threats,
artificial intelligence (AI) risks and fraud, according to a new study by insurance broker Ames
& Gough.

In its 14th annual survey of lawyers’ professional liability claims, Ames & Gough examined key trends driving law firm malpractice exposures and claims by polling 13 leading lawyers’
professional liability insurance companies that on a combined basis provide insurance to more than 80 percent of the Am Law 250 firms … Read More

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Phone: (703) 827-2277