In 1897, Lewis J. Stage became an attorney in New York State and hung out his shingle in Warwick. In 1917, Lawrence Stage became an attorney and in 1951, Douglas Stage became an attorney. In 1955, Richard Stage became an attorney, followed by his niece, Rebecca Stage, being admitted to the bar in 1976. In 1982, Douglas R. Stage continued the family legacy and became an attorney. They all practiced law in the Village of Warwick. The Stage family has provided Warwick with 120 years of legal services.
In 1967, Lawrence Stage, Douglas Stage and Richard Stage erected a new office building located at 23 West St. in Warwick and in 1987, Douglas R. Stage and William Nathans became law partners.
A celebration was held on Thurs., Oct. 12 at the Stage & Nathans LLP building to commemorate the long history of the Stage’s being in the Village and Town of Warwick. Also celebrated was the 50th anniversary of the building being erected and the 30th anniversary of the partnership between Stage and Nathans, which is still going strong.
It was a celebration not only of history but of the future, as Douglas R. Stage’s daughter, Catherine, who is planning on going to law school in the near future, also attended the event. Presently, Catherine is working as a paralegal in her father’s office. Approximately 125 people attended the celebration.