Alumni News

Gregory Hague ’74

By, Brad Dwin

When the bottom dropped out of the housing market in Arizona, and nationwide, in July 2009, Gregory Hague ’74 decided the industry he had worked so hard to build had become “zero fun.”

Instead of wallowing in the wreckage of foreclosures and rapidly declining home prices that were plaguing his city of Phoenix and his business, Hague took it as a sign to finish something he had meant to start more than three decades earlier--a career in law.

Hague recalls the decision, “I had been in real estate my entire life, starting with my father’s company in Cincinnati and my own company here in Arizona. I was successful, but I saw the writing on the wall in the housing market. I had made it a point to always stay current on the law and I told my wife that all of my life I had wanted to practice law. Of course her response was, ‘You want to do what? You’re 62, just retire.’ Nevertheless, I enrolled in a bar review course at Phoenix School of Law, studied 14 hours a day and took the state bar exam.”

Hague set off on a six week African safari with his wife while waiting for the results of the bar exam. When he returned, he discovered that not only had he passed, but also he has received the highest score on the 2010 exam in the entire state of Arizona.

“It was a big story here in Arizona that a 62-year-old, competing with plenty of young kids fresh out of law school, had received the highest score on the bar exam. The press ate it up. But more importantly to me, I never imagined two years ago that I would be a licensed attorney practicing at a downtown law firm. The past two years have been basically a rebirth for me and I love being able to combine my new legal career with my decades of business experience to help my clients,” notes Hague.

Hague is currently Of Counsel at the law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP, in the firm’s Complex Litigation Division.

When asked about WCL, Hague admits that it wasn’t even on his list of schools back in 1971. However, Alvina Myers, wife of WCL’s then dean John Sherman Myers and a relative of Hague’s father’s attorney, flew to Cincinnati to personally recruit Hague.

“Alvina Myers met me at the Fox and Crow restaurant and convinced me to come to Washington. I’m glad I did because D.C. was a very fascinating place to be in the early ’70s, amid Watergate and other events. It was also eye-opening to me as a fairly conservative mid-westerner in a very liberal environment. Without a doubt, I learned more in my three years at WCL than I learned at any other point in my educational or professional life. I was already a high-performing student, but WCL essentially taught me how to think. I felt like I had matured 15 years in the three years I spent there.”