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About Us


Celebrating 45 years of service to our clients in 2020, Abbate Insurance Associates is dedicated to working closely with our clients, to understanding their needs, and to providing for their protection and peace of mind. As a benefit of the number of insurance carriers we represent we maintain great flexibility and diversity in the coverages we can offer our clients. Moreover, our influence with the companies we represent enables us to provide extensive coverage options at competitive prices.

We are members of the Renaissance Alliance and Associated Risk Managers International (ARM) agency coalitions, which significantly broadens the portfolio of products and services we can provide to our clients. Through this membership we have ready access to a large array of wholesale insurance programs, surplus and excess lines and reinsurance brokerage capabilities, property and casualty claims administration, benefit claims administration and an extensive network of brokers and consultants in more than 100 countries worldwide.


Our ongoing commitment to providing our staff with state-of-the-art information technology enables us to serve you with the responsiveness you deserve, but without sacrificing the direct human contact you value and we respect. We continually explore and expand our automation capabilities and require our personnel to pursue educational and training opportunities – all with the welfare of our clients in mind. This combination of technology and prepared staff enables us to interface efficiently and effectively with the companies we represent in order to offer clients rapid responses and accurate information on available coverages, terms and options.


At our inception in 1975 by Pat Abbate a commitment to excellence and high quality service for each and every client was established. Abbate Insurance Associates has embraced and honored that commitment ever since. Today, under the leadership of Mary Pursell, the agency continues as an acknowledged leader in the industry by those individuals and organizations it proudly serves and the carefully selected insurance companies it represents.

At the Abbate Insurance Agency, each client is served by a customer service representative who is responsible for the account. The representative is trained and qualified to handle all questions pertaining to the processing of your account. And, as insurance professionals, we periodically review your account and keep you informed of new developments in the industry.

So, whether you’re a large multi-dimensional organization, a small business, or an individual, you can rely on Abbate Insurance Associates to address your needs — personally, professionally, efficiently, and courteously — and always with your interest first.

Agent Profiles

Mary Pursell

Mary B. Pursell, CPCU

Mary is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. The CPCU designation is recognized as the premier professional designation of the property and casualty insurance industry. Additionally, Ms. Pursell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from Southern Connecticut State University.

Ms. Pursell has held numerous leadership positions in both professional and civic organizations. Mary is a Past President of the Independent Insurance Agents of Connecticut (IIAC), the first Woman to be named in that position. She is also a Past Chairman of Associated Risk Managers (ARM) International and currently serves on its Executive Committee. She was awarded the Independent Agents of Connecticut Young Agent of the Year Award for 1997, Business Times Forty under 40 Award in 2001, and New Haven Biz Women Who Mean Business Award in 2020.

In 2015, Mary established Linens of Love, a not-for-profit organization which provides linens and toiletries to homeless shelters, families and veterans in order to give back and assist those in need within the community.


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