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

Heightened Insurance Requirements

Heightened Insurance Requirements

In an opinion column for The Zweig Letter, Rob Hughes, senior vice president and partner, Ames & Gough provides tips and strategies for AEC firms to navigate the challenges of responding to higher professional liability insurance requirements during a hard commercial insurance market. In addition to providing insights on what’s driving the requirements, he shares tips for negotiating these demands with project owners, as well as insurance options that might help AEC firms control premium costs while meeting contractual coverage requirements.



WASHINGTON, DC, September 13, 2021 – Ames & Gough, a leading insurance broker and risk management consultant specializing in serving design professionals, law firms, associations/nonprofits and other professional service organizations, today announced the appointment of Hollie Miller as account manager, focusing on law firms, associations and not-for-profits.

Webinar: ASSOCIATIONS and The Importance of Your Insurance Program

Webinar: ASSOCIATIONS and The Importance of Your Insurance Program

September 29, 2021 | 2 PM EST – 3 PM EST: Many associations believe they’re fully covered by their insurance policy. Often, they find out the hard way that they’re not. Exclusions, for example, create gaps that must be covered by a separate policy (like professional liability). It’s important to review your own program before it’s too late.

This upcoming free event will be an “insurance 101” for associations, specifically, and how they can make sure they are covered for their risk and exposure.

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