Risk is everywhere. Durham & Bates helps you reduce, transfer, retain and avoid it.

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Durham & Bates provides a diverse set of capabilities to help businesses and individuals manage risks, and bring global projects and programs together. We work across industries, oceans, and distances to ensure that critical decisions and business goals stay true.



We’re risk management specialists.

Risk, exposures, and impasses exist everywhere you look. Durham & Bates clears hurdles, and strengthens the connections you need to continue your forward momentum. Integrating strategy and speed in the world of risk management requires skill, ingenuity and trust. Doing so with seamless operations, and effective decision-making, can only happen after decades of practice.

Durham & Bates brings more than a century of results.

Business is all about action, movement, and the intangibles that help teams push beyond obstacles. We support commercial interests across a number of marine and shoreside areas and specialties, and also work with individuals to solve their unique risk management needs. Vessel owners and operators turn to us to avoid tricky waters. Importers/exporters rely on us to help maintain the integrity of their products and operations. Construction firms look for our insight before they build. Real estate investors lean on our input when it’s time to buy or sell. And, business owners and HR leaders count on us to manage their benefits programs.

COVID-19 Resources

Durham & Bates is fully committed to putting people and their well-being first; we understand how the COVID-19 virus has changed the way all of us conduct business. As this mystery unfolds, Durham & Bates is committed to providing the most up to date resources available.

COVID-19 Update

During this difficult time, our company wants to sincerely thank you for your consistent relationship over the years - we value and appreciate your leadership. As a business, we understand the terrible economic impact the COVID-19 virus is on all industries and your organization. We appreciate your countless hours planning and running your business successfully.

Building connections the right way since the start.

We’re one of the largest independent insurance brokers in the Northwest, and bring marine and shoreside capabilities to every project. We care about what’s at stake in every transaction, as well as the people involved at every stage. See how our history informs our work.

Employee-owned, entrepreneurially minded.

Employee-owned since our founding, Durham & Bates operates as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Every associate has an ownership share, and plays a role in creating positive outcomes for clients. See what a career at Durham & Bates is about.

What direction are you headed?

Plenty of discussions veer beyond specific products and liability concerns. A conversation that starts about marine insurance can move into trade credit, through-put discussions, or even standing timber insurance. Our people are uniquely qualified to facilitate.