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Jerald Novak

Family Attorney at Grayslake, IL

4.9   129 reviews
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  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 36 years
    Texas - TX 3 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 3 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2020
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jerald

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TALKING TO ME IS THE BEGINNING OF THE SOLUTIONS. CALL FOR A FREE PHONE CONSULTATION!

I am Jerry Novak and I opened Jerry Novak & Associates to help people deal with the stress and legalities associated with DUI and criminal defense. I provide legal advice and representation for people charged with their first DUI or people who have been charged with multiple DUI offenses. I have significant experience handling issues related to DUI defense, Secretary of State Reinstatement Hearings, suspended or revoked driver licenses, and other criminal defense matters.

 

A majority of my DUI clients come from Lake County and northern Cook County, Illinois including the cities of Grayslake, Waukegan, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Libertyville, Mundelein, Gurnee, and Vernon Hills.

 

As a former Assistant State’s Attorney and as a private defense attorney, I have handled cases as simple as a traffic violation and as serious as murder. I hold a license to practice law in all Illinois State Courts and all Federal Courts including the U.S. Supreme Court. I have been previously licensed to practice law in Washington D.C. and the U.S. Tax Court.

 

I have lectured at professional seminars for Alcohol and Drug Counselors including NICASA and IODAPCA. I have been recognized as a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. I have also been a participating member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association and the Lake County Bar Association. I have taught law and business courses at the college level. I hold a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School and a Bachelors Degree from Northeastern Illinois University.

 

If you have been charged with a Driving Under the Influence or any other criminal offense, please contact Jerald Novak & Associates. I don’t just say I can help with your Illinois DUI defense, I prove I can help.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 7 ...
Top Contributor 2019,2018,2017,2016
Top Contributor
2019 2018 2017 + 1 ...

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Location

Novak Jerald Associates Attorney's At Law
352 Center Street
Grayslake, IL, 60030

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  129 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Kyle | April 4, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% Satisfied
I needed representation for a Local Ordinance violation that carried some potential consequences that could be serious. I ended up having 6 consultations with local attorneys, and from the start Jerry was at the top of my list. I ended up choosing Jerry as I felt he had my best interests in mind. He did not guarantee an outcome, and set realistic expectations for me and shared what his strategy would be. I was completely satisfied with his representation. He never made me feel like he was too busy or was trying to shake me off of the phone. He was always responsive by phone and email. And he took time with me in-person to ensure my understanding of everything, and also to give me advice and engage with me personally. All around great experience for a not so great situation. Although I hope I don't need representation again, if I do I'll go straight to Jerry Novak.
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Posted by Cathryn | January 9, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Jerry is the absolute best!
In the complex labyrinth of the legal system, finding a defense attorney who not only possesses a profound understanding of the law but also a genuine dedication to his clients' welfare is a rare gem. Jerry Novak is one such gem. His track record is nothing short of impressive. He has an uncanny ability to dissect a case, identify its strengths and weaknesses, and formulate a strategy that led to my family’s victory. His meticulous attention to detail, combined with their relentless pursuit of justice, makes them a formidable opponent in the courtroom. What sets Jerry apart, however, is their unwavering commitment to his clients. He takes the time to understand his clients' perspectives, guiding them through each step of the legal process with patience and empathy. They are not just a lawyer, but a counselor, a strategist, and a friend. If you're seeking a defense attorney who wins cases, provides exceptional service, and treats you with the respect and dignity you deserve, look no further. Jerry Novak is not just good at what he does – He is superb.
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Posted by Antonio Ramirez III | December 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THANK YOU
I was recommended by my conceal instructor. I called, let Jerald know what just happened on my way to my class, first impression was that Jerald was very concerned about my situation and not concern about money like other attorneys might be. he asked a lot of questions about the situation, where, why, ask about my family, about my past life and record. the reason behind all the question as he explained was to find out about me and what he is dealing with before getting blindsided in court. after we got to know each other, he got straight to the point on what could happen if this happen or that happen. Jerald was very understanding and patient. he cared and wanted what was best for us as a team. court date finally showed up and we got what we wanted and got me out of jail time for speeding way over the limit, it wasn't easy he said but we got what we wanted at the end of the day so I can still work, not have a bad record, a good driving record and keep my conceal carry license for work purposes. couldn't ask for anything else from him and his team and appreciate what they have done for me. anything else that comes up and I hope nothing does where I have to call him again but if anything does, I will definitely call him. I was very welcomed, safe, comfortable and wasn't forced to hire him. he sells himself to me very well where I didn't have to look somewhere else or didn't have a gut feeling about him and his team, don't regret where my money went. thank you again.
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Posted by Ingrid | December 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer Thank you Jerry!
Jerry is the most amazing lawyer and human! I was at a critically low point and I called multiple lawyers. Not one picked up. Jerry personally answered my call on a Saturday, while he was busy with something else. He saw how bad I was doing and I could tell he was genuinely concerned. He spent time talking to me and calming me down. Sunday early morning again I needed him. He not only picked up but spent a good amount of time talking me down and coming up with a game plan. He is professional, knowledgeable and actually listens and cares about his clients! Would 100% recommend him. I really am not sure what I would do without him. I am truly grateful!
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed
Misdemeanor weapons charge was successfully dismissed by the intercession of Atty. Novak through his tireless work on my behalf. My desire was for this case to "go away", and he did just that. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Jerry!
I contacted Jerry as a last resort due to being scammed and treated poorly by other lawyers previously. I am young and Jerry still respected and treated me with kindness where others tried to walk over me and lie to me. Jerry was always honest and understanding with me and explained things in such a positive light. Jerry was always very personable and offered me guidance when I felt I had no hope. Jerry worked on my case in the most timely manner possible. I would recommend Jerry to anyone, and all though the hope is to not need a lawyer again, I would use Jerry in a heartbeat.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jerry is Awesome
I’d just like to say, Jerry has represented me in the past and I’d say he defiantly goes above and beyond. I have given his name and number to multiple people to consult with him. I recently reach back out to Jerry pertaining to a totally different situation than before. After sitting and speaking with him; he put me and a family member in contact with other legal representation. I will always give him 5 stars. He’s a great guy and has a lot of insight in many different fields of the law.
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Posted by Blanca | October 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks Mr. Jerald!
Was very pleasant meeting with you!.. can't thank enough for the advice and knowledge about my issue... Made me feel that I'm in good hands with your advice.. anyone who is looking for a lawyer. Don't look further!.. he is the one that you can trust with blind eyes. Español Alguien que este buscando abogado para problemas legales. Mr. Jerald es lo que necesita. 200% recomendable.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond!
Jerry went out of his way to research my DUI case so thoroughly that he beat the whole thing by catching a mistake the police officer made on the paperwork and finding another case that supported it. No trial needed, finished in one quick court appearance. I feel so lucky to have found him! Worth every penny!!!!
Posted by Jeri | September 28, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic lawyer
I had a very comprehensive conversation today . Mr Novak explained everything to me concisely and honestly. I will be hiring him to take care of my will and adding my name to our house deed . He gave excellent advice regarding my situation. You should have no reservations hiring him .
Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
The best Attorney in town. I received my second DUI and called him immediately. I was totally stressed out due to the unfortunate situation. He was able to get my DUI knocked down to a reckless driving, as well as getting my driver’s license back, on top of paying minimum fines. I would recommend everybody to call him if you ever receive a DUI. Outstanding Attorney.
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Posted by Brad | August 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
OUTSTANDING
Jerry was hired by me and I will say that he was very affordable and when it came to knowledge and experience he was by far the best. I was looking for a outcome that would help both me and my family and he by far achieved an outcome I could of only prayed for. Jerry and his practice was always available even on weekends to keep me up to speed. Not just an attorney A real human being that cares about his clients> I would suggest his firm to anyone that wants to deal with an experienced Professional that knows Law but more importantly he knows people. Thank you MR Novak for your services me and my family are thankful. GREAT LAWYER, EVEN BETTER PERSON.
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Posted by Scott K | July 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A+ Attorney. He doesn’t just care about your case, but the person that’s involved.
I called Jerry on a Saturday morning after a Thursday night arrest for a DUI. I was stressed and distraught. Upon calling him, he noticed I wasn’t doing well emotionally. The first 30-45 minutes of my free consultation call had nothing to do with my case. Jerry took the time to calm me down, offer breathing techniques and ways I could reduce my stress. He didn’t have to do that, but he did because he truly cares about his clients. After his suggestions, I was able to calm myself and convey my case to him. He first and foremost explained everything about my arrest and what he would do as my lawyer. I was so comforted and grateful for his emotional help and after hearing of his success in similar cases I hired him. I dropped off my retainer check the next day. Jerry has been most helpful to me during this stressful situation. He’s fully explained everything to the point that I have no questions. I wholeheartedly recommend Jerry Novak as your attorney.
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Posted by Chad | May 13, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A first class attorney and advocate—in every sense
Mr. Novak is one of the very few attorneys out there engaged in the practice of law today that possesses the enviable trifecta of knowledge, expertise, and compassion. His empathic nature, combined with his extraordinary legal knowledge and practical experience spanning so many years empower him to deliver unmatched, first class, and individualized service to his clients. The fact that he is also a law professor and has been recognized with so many distinctions, awards, and certifications only demonstrates what his clients already know: that he is at the top of his field in every regard. I recommend him wholeheartedly and without reservation to anyone seeking not just an ordinary attorney, but an extraordinary advocate, counselor, and, of course, lawyer.
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Posted by Daniel Hurtado | January 16, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Jerald Novak is Trustworthy and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
I understand everyone’s situation is different and even if things seem terrible give Jerald Novak a call. He won’t tell you what you want to hear he’ll tell you what you NEED to hear! He reminded me that you’ll never be wrong doing the right thing. He didn’t just get my case dismissed he reminded that I still have both hands on the wheel and a chance to get my life back on track. I wish everyone the best of luck and if you have any worries or questions give Jerald Novak a call.
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Posted by Elizabeth | December 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer, exceptional individual.
We knew nothing of Jerry Novak’s excellent reputation and found ourselves in a situation late on a random Monday night needing some solid, sound advice. I reached out to a friend who jams also an attorney in a different area of expertise and she kindly offered to Google lawyers nearby that might be able to help us. Jerry’s number was the first one she sent me and despite the late hour we were amazed he answered his phone. Jerry immediately made us feel like we our situation was of great importance and he asked specific questions to completely understand quickly what was going on. He explained our rights and how to proceed in that moment and what we needed to do next. We felt such a relief and gratitude to have Jerry guide us both that night and throughout the process in the following days. Jerry is very knowledgeable in his field, direct and very good at explaining in terms that are understandable to a lay person who is not used to legal situations. Jerry really does care about his clients and making sure they are given the best outcome in an efficient manner. We cannot say enough about how fortunate we feel to have worked with him in our circumstances and would highly recommend him to anyone else needing his help.
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Posted by quinton | September 12, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
THE BEST
I WAS REFERRED TO JEARLD NOVAK THREW CO WORKER THEN I REFFERED HIM TO MY BROTHER WHICH HE DID A GREAT JOB. NOW FOR MYSELF HE TOOK HIS TIME EXPLAINING EVERYTHING TO ME SO I UNDERSTTOOD WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. HONEST TRUSTING AND VERY RELIABLE I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS ASSISTANCE HES THE ONE TO GO TO HANDS DOWN
Posted by Tim G | September 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb Lawyer! Highly Recommend!
We trusted Jerry to represent our 21 year old son who never had any interactions with law enforcement but was stopped for a DUI on a Saturday night out with friends in the car. We saw Jerry's high ratings in Lake County and called Jerry for an initial consultation. I thought we would interview 2-3 lawyers but after 10 minutes on the phone with Jerry I knew we had the right guy! Jerry is patient with great listening skills to quickly understand the situation and then clearly explains realistic options. I thought his pricing was very fair for a top quality lawyer. Jerry took quality time with my son in his office to review the case and go over all the options and strategy. The end result was Jerry had the DUI dismissed within 3 months and a remaining traffic offense for improper lane usage was negotiated to supervision. Couldn't be happier with the results! The most important aspect of hiring Jerry though is that he offerered sound counselling to our son about learning from this incident and making sure he takes this as a life lesson. Jerry gave our son "straight talk" with ramifications in the future if he doesnt learn from this incident. Overall, a highly, highly reccomend you call Jerry for fullly compentent representation with a lawyer who cares.
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful
Jerry was on of the nicest guys I could have called and I thank him for everything he helped me with
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisified Customer
Went to Mr. Novak to try and get a reduction in a speeding ticket. He worked with the prosecutor and got me what i needed. He was very cordial to work with and did a very professional job.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Jerald Novak & Associates
  • 1987 - Present
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Kane County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1987 - 1987

Education

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1980

Associations

  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2016 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2010 - Present
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • 1987 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2023
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top Attorney
  • National Association For DUI Defense
  • 2017
  • Top 100 DUI Attorney's in IL
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Top Leading DUI Attorneys in IL
  • Newsweek Magazine
  • 2012
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Publications

  • IL Cops Magazine
  • The Best Witness Isn't
  • 2015
  • IL Cops Magazine
  • Open Range
  • 2015
  • IL Cops Magazine
  • Its Not a Perfect System but this time it Worked
  • 2015
  • IL Cops Magazine
  • A Sunday Drive
  • 2014
  • IL Cops magazine
  • Laying Down the Law for IL Cops
  • 2014
  • Concealed Carry Magazine
  • Are You Ready?
  • 2013
  • Illinois Shooter
  • Are YOU Ready to Carry?
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • DUI Conference
  • 2019
  • NRA
  • Legal Responsibilty When Lawfully Carrying a Firearm
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (12)
Endorse Jerald
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse Jerald Novak for DUI and criminal defense in Lake County, Illinois. I have written answers alongside Mr. Novak for several years and can vouch for his work ethic, dedication and professionalism. His responses reflect a thoughtful conscientious hard working attorney who vigorously fights for his clients. Any client would be well served by having Jerry Novak represent them."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jerry is one of those rare guys that’s tough as nails in the courtroom but has a heart of gold outside. He smart, honest and highly experienced. As a DUI attorney of nearly 20 years, I still turn to Jerry for advice on tough cases. I wholeheartedly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have found Jerry to give great, common sense advice that's stripped of legalese so it's straightforward and easy to understand. One of the reasons to get a lawyer is to get good advice. You'll get that from Mr. Novak."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Novak consistently provides an insightful analysis of legal issues. His breadth of knowledge is impressive and he is able to impart information in a understandable manner."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am consistently impressed by Mr. Novak's thorough knowledge and understanding of Illinois Vehicle Code, traffic and DUI issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jerry for a long time and he does a wonderful job advocating and defending his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jerald is very knowledgeable about DUI(s) and Criminal Matters."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Novak does what I do. He is a true professional at it. The Lawyer who is good at both DUI defense and Administrative License Reinstatement is rare but that's exactly what and who this fine lawyer is. He is also very supportive and encouraging to recovering people, the very folks we see every day. He is not just a technocrat he is both skilled advocate and humanistic advocate. I'd be proud to have him represent anyone close to me..and he practices in a tough neighborhood. Court in Lake County is no joke. You won't go wrong with this fine lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known him many years. He's very knowledgeable and gives each client a vigorous defense."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Down to earth and a knowledgeable attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although I do not know Mr. Novak personally, I have been very impressed with the knowledge and skills he demonstrates when answering questions on Avvo. It is clear that he has a strong command of his areas of law and is a compassionate and zealous advocate for his clients. I would not hesitate to refer clients to him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jerry is a great lawyer who I can easily endorse. He is very knowledgeable in his practice areas and does a very nice job for his clients. Furthermore, he is well known and respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jerry is a leader in his community. He is trustworthy and very knowledgeable. I endorse him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've know Jerry since my earliest days as an attorney. He is hard-working, knowledgable in the law, skilled in the arts of the courtroom, and a zealous advocate for his clients. I am happy to know him, proud to call him a colleague, and pleased to endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Novak is an exemplary attorney. I would refer anyone and everyone to him on a regular basis. Despite the fact that I have been a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, and private attorney for over 24 years, I continue to learn from him daily from his Avvo posts. I would recommend that you hire him in an instant."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jerry Novak is a leader in the DUI defense industry and an amazing advocate for his clients. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a recent DUI conference and learned a great deal from his input."
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