Paul R. Hage

Paul R. Hage is a partner in the Southfield office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss. He is a member of the Firm's Insolvency and Reorganization Practice Group, specializing in representing asset purchasers, unsecured creditors' committees, debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings nationwide.

Paul earned his Bachelor's degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He earned his LL.M. in Bankruptcy from St. John's University School of Law.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Published Works

  • "Benchnotes: Third Circuit Clarifies Impact of Section 502(d) on Claims Trading in In re KB Toys, Inc.," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2014).
  • "Retooling for Chapter 9: How is Chapter 9 Different from Chapter 11?", The Journal of Corporate Renewal (2013).
  • "Benchnotes: Litigants Cannot Consent to a Bankruptcy Court Determining Matters for Which They Lack Constitutional Authority," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2013).
  • "The Belly of the Beast: Law Firm Insolvencies, Unfinished Business and Jewel-Waivers," ABA Business Law Today (2013).
  • "Recent Developments in Section 503 - Administrative Expenses & Key Employee Retention, Incentive and Severance Plans," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2013).
  • "A Guide to Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code: What You Need to Know," Crain's Detroit Business (2013),
  • "Benchnotes: Ninth Circuit Creates Circuit Split Regarding Whether the Holder of an Unstayed State Court Judgment Can be a Petitioning Creditor in an Involuntary Case," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2013).
  • "The (Heightened) Requirements for Chapter 7 Trustees to Retain Their Own Law Firms as Counsel," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2013).
  • "Coming Soon to a State Near You: What You Should Know About the New Revisions to Article 9," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2013).
  • "Benchnotes: Statutory Cap on Lease Termination Claims Does Not Preclude Additional Claims by a Landlord for Maintenance and Repair Damages," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2013).
  • "In re Tousa: When Can Indirect Benefits Constitute Reasonably Equivalent Value in Fraudulent Transfer Actions?" The Michigan Business Law Journal (2013).
  • "Benchnotes: California Bankruptcy Court Analyzes Eligibility Requirements to be a Chapter 9 Debtor," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2013).
  • "Thelen Decision Shows That the Debate Over Application of the Unfinished Business Doctrine to Dissolved Law Firms Is Anything But Finished," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2012).
  • "Res Judicata Bars Avoidance Actions Against Estate Professionals Where Pre-Petition Transfers Are Properly Disclosed," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2012).
  • "You Can't Take Them With You: Coudert Brothers and the  Application of the Unfinished Business Rule to Dissolved Law Firms," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2012).
  • "Recent Developments in Section 503 - Administrative Expenses," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2012)
  • "What Can Your Operating Agreement Do For You?: Navigating Through the Intersection of Bankruptcy & LLC Law," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2012).
  • "Who Is A "Transferee' Under Section 550(a) of the Bankruptcy Code?: The Divide Over Dominion, Control and Good Faith in Applying the Mere Conduit Defense," Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice (2012).
  • "Recent Developments in Section 503 - Administrative Expenses," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2011)
  • "If You Build It...What You Should Know About Mechanic's Liens in Bankruptcy," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2011)
  • "When Timing is Everything: Treatment of Consignment Agreements in Bankruptcy," ABI Unsecured Trade Creditors Committee Newsletter (2011)
  • "The Delphi Preference Actions: An Abuse of the Civil Procedure Rules," Turnaround Management Association Michigan Chapter Newsletter (2011)
  • "Courts have Jurisdiction to Interpret § 363 Sales Orders, Enforce 
Implied Restrictive Covenants," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2011)
  • "A Hot Issue - Does Electricity Constitute "Goods" Under the Bankruptcy Code?," Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice (2011)
  • "A Split in the Case Law: Does BAPCPA's Small Dollar Venue Restriction Apply to Preference Actions," American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (2010)
  • "Is it Sill New Value? – Application of Section 503(b)(9) to the Subsequent New Value Preference Defense," Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice (2010)
  • "Recent Developments in Section 503 - Administrative Expenses," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2010)
  • "Recent Developments in Section 502(d) - Does 502(d) Apply to Administrative Expenses" Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2010)
  • "Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors in Michigan," Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses, 2d (2010).
  • "Does Section 502(d) Apply to Administrative Expenses? - The Second Circuit Joins the Debate In re Ames Stores," Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice (2009)
  • Recent Developments in Section 503—Allowance of Administrative Expenses," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2009)
  • "Of Claims, Planes & Automobiles—Recent Developments on 503(b)(9) and Reclamation Claims," ABA Section of Business Law Business Bankruptcy Newsletter (2009)
  • "Recent Developments in Section 503—Allowance of Administrative Expenses," Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (2008)
  • "Joint Administration, Procedural Consolidation, and Substantive Consolidation of Cases," Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice (2008)
  • "A Primer on BAPCPA's Small Business Bankruptcy Provisions" Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser (2007)
  • "Key Employee Retention Plans Under BAPCPA: Is There Anything Left?" Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice (2007)
  • "Small Business Provisions Under BAPCPA," Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice (2007)

Honors & Awards

  • American Bar Association Kathryn R. Heidt Memorial Award, 2013
  • dBusiness Top Young Lawyer, 2013
  • Michigan Super Lawyer, 2013
  • American Bankruptcy Law Journal Award, 2007
  • Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine, Rising Star, 2011, 2012
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Lawyer, 2011
  • dBusiness Top Lawyers, 2013

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
    - American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Coordinating Editor, 2012 - present
    - ABI Unsecured Trade Creditors Committee, Newsletter Editor, 2012 - present
    - ABI Volo Circuit Court Opinion First Responder, Editorial Board, 2010 - present
    -ABI Mentor Program Committee, 2013 - present
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Business Bankruptcy Committee
    - The ABA Bankruptcy Claims Handbook, Editor, 2013 - present
    - Claims & Priorities Subcommittee, Co-chair, 2011 - present
    - Abuses of the Bankruptcy Process Subcommittee, Vice Chair, 2009-2011
  • Norton Institutes on Bankruptcy Law
    - Faculty Member, 2012 - present
    - Norton Journal of Bankruptcy Law & Practice, Editorial Advisory Board, 2010 - present
    - Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law, Editor, 2008 - present
    - Norton Bankruptcy Law & Practice 3d Treatise, Contributing Editor, 2007 - present
  • Strategic Alternatives for Distressed Businesses Treatise
    - Contributing Editor, 2008 - present
  • State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section
    - Debtor/Creditor Rights Committee, Member, 2008 - present
  • Turnaround Management Association
    - President (Michigan Chapter), 2013 - present
    - Board of Directors (Michigan Chapter), 2010 - present
    -TMA Global NextGen Leadership Committee, 2013 - present

Speaking Engagements

  • "The Impact of Section 503(b)(9) on the Subsequent New Value Preference Defense," ABI Unsecured Trade Creditors Committee Teleseminar (2013).
  • "Stern v. Marshall: How the Circuit Courts Have Interpreted It," ABI Memphis Consumer Bankruptcy Conference (2013).
  • "All That You Can't Leave Behind: Law Firm Insolvencies, the Unfinished Business Rule and its Impact on Business Lawyers," ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting (2013).
  • "Substantive Consolidation of Bankruptcy Cases: An Overview," Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute - Las Vegas (2013).
  • "Recent Developments in Preference Litigation," Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute - Las Vegas (2013).
  • "Fraudulent Transfer Law: Should it Be Changed?," Debtor/Creditors' Rights Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section (2013).
  • "Tropical Storm TOUSA: Has the 11th Circuit Burst Lending to Distressed Borrowers on the Bubble?," Annual Conference of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (2012).
  • "Examining Litigation Surrounding the Dissolution of a Distressed Law Firm," American Bankruptcy Institute Podcast (2012).
  • "Stern v. Marshall: The Current State of Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction," West Legal Ed Teleseminar (2012).
  • "Section 503(b)(9) and its Impact on the Subsequent New Value Defense," West Legal Ed Teleseminar (2012).
  • "Claims Litigation in Bankruptcy Cases," West Legal Ed Teleseminar (2012).
  • "Recent Developments in Claims & Preference Litigation," Norton Bankruptcy Litigation Institute - Las Vegas (2012).
  • "Bankruptcy Jurisdiction, Withdrawal & Abstention," ICLE Basic Litigation in Bankruptcy Court Seminar (2012).
  • "Goldilocks and the Three Fraudulent Transfer Defenses: Can Good Faith, Mere Conduit or In Pari Delicto be the Perfect Size?," National CLE Conference in Snowmass, Colorado (2012).
  • "Everything You Prefer to Avoid: What You Really Should Know About Fraudulent Transfers, Preferences and Avoidance Actions," Annual Conference of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (2011)
  • "Iqbal & Twombly: Application of the Heightened Pleading Standard in Bankruptcy Adversary Proceedings," National CLE Conference in Vail Colorado (2011).
  • "Bankruptcy & Reorganization: What You Need to Know," Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants 2010 Automotive Dealers, Construction Industry and Controllership Conference (2010).
  • "Bankruptcy Pleading Standards After Twombly and Iqbal," Debtor/Creditors' Rights Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section (2010).
  • "Representing Unsecured Creditors' Committees," Michigan Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (2010).