About Us

The Person to Person People

What makes Doherty Insurance different than other agencies? We are local through and through — all generations of Doherty Insurance owners were born and raised in Andover and live and work in the Merrimack Valley. Currently, Doherty Insurance is the oldest continually owned business in downtown Andover.

We’re a family-owned and operated insurance agency that has made serving the needs of our clients our #1 priority for more than 80 years. Owner Sheila Doherty took over the family business in 1985, along with her brother and sister Jay and Mary. Sheila has transformed Doherty Insurance, emphasizing our need to give back to the local community and creating our special Group Discount Program for auto insurance. When purchasing an insurance plan, if you are a member of St. Augustine’s Parish, alum of Merrimack College, a contributing supporter of the Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, or dedicated to supporting other local charities — you can have a percentage of your premium go to these charities all while you receive a discount on your auto insurance. A Win-Win for all!

Doherty Insurance Agency was founded in 1934 by Sheila’s uncle William (Bill) A. Doherty with the simple goal of providing guidance, quality insurance products, and personal service. In 1937, Bill’s brother Jim joined him at the agency, and the two formed a partnership that provided the best possible insurance coverage for their clients and an unmatched commitment to giving back to the community where they worked and lived.

While a great deal has changed since 1934, our commitment to our clients and community has never changed. We are dedicated to maintaining our family motto for the agency, “person to person people,” and to providing personal service to our clients.

Doherty Insurance is a full service independent insurance agency. That means we work for our clients, not the insurance companies. Only after fully understanding our clients’ needs do we make recommendations, and match our clients with an insurance company that provides the best combination of coverage and price for that client’s individual situation.

Whether you are looking for personal insurance, life insurance or business insurance, we would like the opportunity to be of service to you. We are proud of our heritage and the thousands of satisfied clients we serve in the Merrimack Valley.

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