David H Paige, Esq.
Call Us at (917) 572-4211. Email: DHPaige@aol.com

Insurance Expert, Legal Fees Expert, Arbitrator and Author


In-Depth Insurance Industry Expertise Spanning 25 Years

Legal Fees Expert and Consultant

Efficient, Direct, Knowledgeable.

Curriculum Vitae


David H. Paige, Esq.  DPaige@Sterlingrisk.com/ 917-572-4211

Curriculum Vitae


Present Positions
























 Prior Positions


March, 2008 to Present: Sterling & Sterling, Inc. Woodbury, NY

Managing Director, General Counsel

Responsible for facilitating business development, compliance, and all legal aspects of $300 Million multi-state insurance brokerage operation. Continuing responsibility for policy interpretation, claims analysis, policy wording and placement. Supervision of national litigation for company, including payment of legal bills. Complex program specialist, creating European and South American customized placements. Specialist in unusual and hard to place products, including London placements. Active participant in the Association of Corporate Counsel.


March, 2009 to Present: Sterling Analytics Group. Woodbury, NY

Founder, Managing Director

Responsible for creating Legal Fees Advisory and Consulting Company. Built on 20 years as an attorney, including experience as a general counsel, as a partner in litigation firms, and as a litigator to create and grow international consulting and expert legal fees practice. Advised Fortune 1000 companies regarding methodologies for achieving significant reduction in outside legal fees and costs, as well as acting as an expert involving legal fee disputes.


Mr. Paige is licensed to practice law in the State of NY. He holds insurance broker licenses in the following states: NY, NJ, CT, OH, PA, and VA.

  • Quoted by Forbes, CNN Money, Reuters regarding legal fee issues
  • Publishing "Controlling Legal Costs" blog on Linkedin and at Controllinglegalcosts.com
  • Authored the E&O Quarterly, and a monthly column in Professional Insurance Agents  magazine distributed to Professional Insurance Agents members in NY, NJ, CT, NH;
  •  Weimer, Whitman and Hagglund, Law of Commercial Insurance Agents and Brokers (West, 2007)( Author of Chapter 7).
  •  Numerous articles [monthly] in the Professional Insurance Agent, regarding E&O issues;
  •  Monthly newsletters: the E&O Report, written for the Indep Insurance Agents of NY;
  •  Paige and Atwater, Errors and Omissions Litigation Prevention Manual, 1999;
  •  Lustig and Paige, The Liability Prevention Primer: A Forms-Based Approach, 1991


 January, 2003 to March, 2008: Dewitt Stern Group, Inc.  New York, NY

 Chief Operating Officer 

Responsible for the growth and development of a $400 Million independent insurance brokerage involving all aspects of operations, including contractual, regulatory, adherence to legal responsibilities and ethics and business planning. Set protocols for legal billing and payment of legal bills. Interpretation and negotiation of policy forms, claims disputes. Creation of internet product platforms, and opening/expansion of Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Ft. Lauderdale offices.

 November,1999 – December, 2004:    Nicoletti, Hornig, Campise, Sweeney & Paige        New York, NY

Insurance and Commercial Litigator, Of Counsel

Concentrations: Partner and member of executive committee. Retained by major insurers, private corporations on commercial and on legal fee disputes. Complex insurance coverage litigation and defense of insurance agents and brokers in professional liability litigation on a regional and national basis; Commercial Litigation, including insurance regulatory disputes and class actions, coverage analysis and litigation.

Professional Liability Loss Control: writing, lecturing and audits regarding methodologies for avoidance of E&O liability.

1987–November, 1999     Lustig & Brown, LLP New York, NY

Founding Partner and Manager, New York City Office

Managed and supervised the defense of hundreds of complex coverage litigations, legal fee disputes, commercial and professional liability disputes, including suits across the United States

Successfully conducted trials and/or settlements of numerous litigations in New York State, Iowa, Texas and New Jersey, including federal class actions and complex arbitrations.



























Expert Retentions

















Litigation and Analysis of Complex Coverage Insurance Issues: examples: construction insurance; continuous trigger analysis, Personal Injury coverage, Personal lines, business interruption, highly protected risks, ocean/inland marine covers, London placements, excess lines, entertainment insurance, surety issues, construction insurance, environmental insurance, products liability insurance, D&O insurance, non-concurrency issues, general liability, life/disability insurance, “vanishing” premium issues, TPA Liability, advertising agency liability.

Representation of insurance agents and brokers in regulatory proceedings;


1986–1987 Moot & Sprague Buffalo, NY

Litigation Associate


1985–1986 Saperston & Day Buffalo, NY

Litigation Associate


Lecturing on behalf of the NALFA, the ALM regarding legal fee disputes and methodologies for controlling legal costs.

Lectured on behalf of the Association of Corporate Counsel re risk management strategies; speaker at the 2009 Annual Meeting.

Previously lectured for the Professional Insurance Agents of NY, NJ, CT and NH and the Insurance Broker’s Association of New York on regulatory and liability issues;

Prepared and conducted at least ten seminars per year since 1988 regarding E&O loss control on behalf of IIANY and Assurex International. Conducted private insurance agency seminars throughout New York State, Texas and North Carolina.

Certified CE instructor by the New York State Insurance Department.


Lecturing on Attorney Malpractice liability for the ABA.

 ACORD Task Force: Participation with risk managers and IIAANY in drafting the 1997 revision to the ACORD standard certificate of insurance.

 Thompson Reuters Westlaw Roundtable Group: Member of Advisory Board


Expert Retentions: retained as an expert concerning the propriety of legal fees; qualified as an expert on legal fees;  attorney’s breach of professional responsibility; retained in broker E&O litigations; retained as expert in insurance coverage actions nationally as a standard of care expert re broker, underwriting and adjuster conduct; qualified as an expert in insurance dispute


Retained as arbitrator in major dispute re interpretation of insurance agreements.




1985:   Syracuse University College of Law  Syracuse, NY J.D.,  Magna Cum Laude

Editor, Syracuse Law Review

 1979           Michigan State University   E. Lansing, MI

M.A., Special Education

 1977           Syracuse University   Syracuse, NY

B.A., Special Education, Cum Laude.




Mr. Paige resides in New York, New York with his wife, Jeannette, and two daughters, Chelsea and Kirsten.