March, 2013 to Present: Legal Fee Advisors™, New York, NY
Founder of Legal Fee Advisors™, a group of
highly experienced legal fee analysts dedicated to making sure that clients
only pay fair, ethical legal fees. Legal Fee Advisors™ offers the services of
nationally and internationally recognized legal fee experts, as well as a
team of efficient, experienced legal fee auditors to make certain that firms
are in compliance with customized billing guidelines. Legal Fee Advisors’™
further technological innovations will offer automated solutions that are
certain to supplement and enhance the already significant capabilities of
e-billing and e-discovery protocols.
Paige is licensed to practice law in the State of NY.
He holds insurance broker licenses in the following states: NY and NJ. He has
been admitted pro hac vice in various
Section on Professional Responsibility; NY City Bar Association Committee on
Professional Responsibility; Association of Professional Responsibility
Lawyers; National Association of Legal Fee Advisors
- Weimer, Kallman and Whitman
[editors], Insurance Agency Risk Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Avoiding
E&O Claims Book Two (West, 2013)(Author of Chapter 18
- Quoted by: Forbes, CNN Money, Reuters, Corporate
Secretary, Business Finance, Wall Street Journal and Westlaw News regarding
legal fee issues
- 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 Independent 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
Paige has been quoted in the following publications:
Business, “Six Tips for Reducing Legal Fees” – August 21, 2013; http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/advisor/blogs/profit-minded/6-tips-for-reducing-outside-legal-bills-for-small-businesses-182013818.html
Wall Street Journal,
“Law Firms Face Fresh Backlash Over Fees” – October 22, 2012;
Corporate Secretary, “Five Great Ways to Manage
Outside Legal Costs” – July 11, 2011;
Corporate Secretary, “Ways to Lower
Outside Counsel Costs” – May 16, 2011; http://www.corporatesecretary.com/articles/corporate-secretary-week/11898/ways-lower-outside-counsel-costs/
Forbes, “‘Grazing,’ Photocopying and
Other Tricks Inflate Legal Bills” – May 11, 2011; http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2011/05/11/grazing-photocopying-and-other-tricks-inflate-legal-bills/
Business Finance, “Are You Paying for
Your Law Firm’s Overhead?” – April 27, 2011; http://businessfinancemag.com/article/are-you-paying-your-law-firms-overhead-0427
Westlaw News and Insight, “Madoff
Trustee Seeks an Additional $45 Million in Fees” – April 19, 2011; http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/news/2011/04_-_april/madoff_trustee_seeks_an_additional_$45_million_in_fees/
CNN Money, “Madoff Trustee Wants $43
Million More in Pay” – April 19, 2011; http://money.cnn.com/2011/04/19/news/companies/madoff_lawyer_fees/index.htm
2009 to March, 2013: Sterling Analytics Group. Woodbury, NY
Founder, Managing Director
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 an active 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 a testifying expert involving legal fee
March, 2008 to Mach, 2013: Sterling & Sterling, Inc. Woodbury, NY
Managing Director, General Counsel
for facilitating business development, compliance, and all legal aspects of
$300 Million multi-state insurance brokerage operation. Continuing
responsibility for policy interpretation, claims analysis, claims procedures,
acquisition analysis, due diligence, contractual terms and conditions for
acquisitions, insurance policy wording and placement. Supervision of national
litigation for company, compliance and 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.
2003 to March, 2008: Dewitt Stern Group, Inc.
New York, NY
for the growth and development of a $400 Million independent insurance
brokerage involving all aspects of acquisitions, operations, including
contractual, regulatory, due diligence, 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
– December, 2004: Nicoletti, Hornig,
Campise, Sweeney & Paige New York, NY
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. Advised insurance agents and brokers on sale and acquisition of
Liability Loss Control: writing, lecturing and audits regarding
methodologies for avoidance of E&O liability.
1999 Lustig & Brown, LLP New York, NY
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;
and/or settlements of numerous litigations in New York State, Iowa, Texas and
New Jersey, including federal class actions and complex arbitrations.
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.
of insurance agents and brokers in regulatory proceedings; Advised insurance agents and brokers on sale and
acquisition of insurance businesses.
Moot & Sprague Buffalo, NY
Saperston & Day Buffalo,
Corporate Counsel Exchange: “Reducing Legal
Fees, While Improving Relationships”, Amsterdam, NV 
Industrial Counsel Association: “Strategies for Managing and Controlling
Billing Practices,” Copenhagen, Denmark 
Corporate Counsel: “Legal Billing Myths,” 
behalf of the NALFA, the ALM regarding legal fee disputes, ethics and
methodologies for controlling legal costs.
CLM webinar regarding
legal cost controls and ethics issues, November, 2012.
seminar on ethical issues in legal billing disputes at CLO Conference, Amelia
Island, FL, January, 2012.
behalf of the Association of Corporate Counsel; speaker at the 2009 Annual
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;
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.
instructor by the New York State Insurance Department.
Attorney Malpractice liability for the ABA.
Participation with risk managers and IIAANY in drafting the 1997 revision to
the ACORD standard certificate of insurance.
Reuters Westlaw Roundtable Group: Member of Advisory Board
Expert Retentions: multiple
retentions as an expert concerning the propriety of legal fees; qualified as
an expert on legal fees; attorney’s
breach of professional responsibility; retained as an expert 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 disputes
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.
1977 Syracuse University Syracuse,
Education, Cum Laude.
Paige resides in New York, New York with his wife, Jeannette.