J.K. Hage III '78

J.K. Hage III '78

​J.K. Hage III advises public and private utility, energy, communications, business and technology clients, and others, in the areas of business organizations, new ventures, strategic planning, capital formation, information security, sustainability mergers, acquisitions, negotiation of transactions, succession and estate planning. Mr. Hage is of counsel to Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez and Sachs, a Washington, D.C. communications law and engineering firm. Mr. Hage has initiated numerous business ventures including Independent Wireless One Corporation (aka U.S. Unwired), a national Sprint PCS affiliate and was the organizer and the first Executive Director of the Griffiss Institute, a market driven national collaboration of industry, the academy and government dedicated to applied research, training, and services in information security.

J. K. Hage III serves as a director of SED International Holdings, Inc., a public multinational preferred distributer of leading computer technology, wireless communications and consumer electronics. SED also offers custom-tailored supply chain management services ideally suited to meet the priorities and distribution requirements of the e-commerce, Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer markets.

J.K. Hage III also serves as a director of the national Economic Crime Institute and Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Albany Law School Board of Trustees, the Albany Law School Center for Innovation, the Herkimer County Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, the City of Utica Master Plan Steering Committee, the Cornell University R2G Project Core Committee and he is Chair of the Multicultural Committee of the Hamilton College Alumni Council. Mr. Hage and his wife, Hedy, are active in numerous charitable organizations and civic ventures, many of them related to the performing arts (both on and off stage).

J.K. Hage III is a frequent lecturer in the areas of business organizations, mergers, acquisitions, succession and estate planning, telecommunications regulation, energy, sustainable practices and green initiatives. Mr. Hage speaks for numerous industry and professional organizations such as the New York State Telecommunications Association, the New York State Bar Association and the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce.

J.K. Hage III is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the Oneida and Herkimer County Bar Associations. He was appointed to the New York State Commission of Corrections by Governor Hugh L. Carey in 1982. Mr. Hage is active in numerous industry associations, including the Organization for the Preservation and Advancement of Small Telephone Companies, the New York State Telecommunications Association and the New York State Municipal Electric Utilities Association. Mr. Hage is a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Public Utility Law and the New York State Bar Association Committee on Trusts and Estates.

J.K. Hage III, a 1978 graduate of Albany Law School, attended Hamilton College and Oxford University, England. Mr. Hage studied for his Ph.D (ABT) in Romance Languages at New York University and the University of Madrid; he is fluent in Spanish. He also lived and studied as an exchange student in Peru and in Mexico. He is the recipient of numerous academic honors and was engaged as an instructor at Albany Law School while still a student himself. In addition, Mr. Hage was first oralist on the National Moot Court Trial competition team at Albany Law School. Mr. Hage has worked as an actor and has won numerous public speaking awards.