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James E Novak

DUI and DWI Attorney at Tempe, AZ

4.9   29 reviews

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    50%
    Throughout the years, I have represented hundreds of men and women in DUI (driving under the influence) cases. This includes first time DUI offenders, extreme and super extreme DUI, drug DUI, DUI under the age of 21, related license suspension hearings, and more.

    25 years

  2. Criminal defense
    35%
    I represent clients facing active felony and misdemeanor and felony charges throughout Maricopa County, specifically Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Gilbert AZ.

    25 years

  3. Domestic violence
    5%

    25 years

  4. Sex crime
    5%

    25 years

  5. Violent crime
    5%

    25 years

James Novak practices exclusively in Arizona DUI and criminal defense cases.  As a former Maricopa County prosecutor, he brings a vast amount of litigation experience and has handled thousands of criminal and DUI cases, including high profile cases.    

 

With a focus on both misdemeanors and felonies, James works each case as though it is a matter of the utmost priority.  He recognizes that Arizona has some of the toughest DUI laws and penalties in the county, and that in every case a person’s freedom and future is at stake.  He understands the adverse impacts of a conviction on a person’s life as that of their future and family. He is assertive and proactive when it comes to the defense of adults and youth, treating all clients with respect and at every step.

  

James defends charges for criminal and DUI cases primarily in Phoenix, and the surrounding East Valley Cities, including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale AZ in Municipal Courts, Justice Courts, and Superior Courts.  Because he practices exclusively in these areas, he understands and is very familiar with the criminal cases, judges, prosecution, and many of the police officers.  This usually works to the client’s advantage. 

  

As the founder of The Law Office of James E. Novak, located in Tempe, Arizona, James works hard to fight for the freedom of his clients.  He regulates his case load so that he has ample time to provide 100% effort needed to build, tailor, and present each defense case.  His mission is to put the client’s needs, constitutional rights, and defense first.  

 

James Novak earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology, which provides deep insights into defending drug DUI and drug cases of which he has a great deal of experience.  His psychology education and skills also help in jury selection, perspectives, evaluating credibility of testimony, addiction issues, and conducting sworn statements and depositions. It has also led to increased communications with Judges and Prosecutions in negotiating the best possible outcome for his client’s defense case.

 

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, James has refined the skills needed to evaluate validity of technical evidence such as forensics, crime incident and accident reconstruction.  This background further gives him additional insight into the dissection and evaluation of evidence related to phlebotomy test results, and DUI or drug chemical tests such as the breath test.

 

James Novak also earned a Master’s Degree in Business, which has proved to be advantageous to defending white collar crime or business practice crimes such as fraud, embezzlement and other criminal offenses related to enterprises and business operations.  

 

The Law Office of James E. Novak prides itself on its availability and ease of access for clients. Clients receive additional contact information so that they may communicate directly with their attorney 7 days a week, early morning, evening, and weekends, and even holidays. James personally keeps his clients updated on the status of their case and believes that strong communication with the client serves to provide the most favorable outcomes in a defendant’s case.   Favorable outcomes he obtains often in many cases include modification of release conditions,  lowering bail, criminal and DUI acquittals, dismissal of charges, reduction of charges, mitigation of sentencing, and avoidance of incarceration.   

 

In his spare time, James enjoys writing and has published three books about DUI and criminal defense strategies.  He believes there should be no “secrets” when it comes to a person’s constitutional rights, and how they are most effectively defended.  He is active in social media discussions, and posts high quality law content in an effort to raise awareness and educate the public of DUI and Crime prevention; criminal rights; and Arizona laws and criminal defense.   

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Licensed for 24 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 09/18/2022

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

Contact James

Law Office of James E Novak PLLC
4500 S Lakeshore Dr #352
Tempe, AZ, 85282-7198

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Jeff | April 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This is the Attorney you want to represent you !!!
I have never had to consult with an attorney before in my life. After interviewing several attorneys after I was arrested for Extreme DUI, I met with Mr. Novak and immediately knew he was the attorney for me ! I believe I received the best possible outcome for the situation that I was in, all due to Mr. Novak's representation of me in court. You get what you pay for with Mr. Novak !! He under-promised and over-delivered ! He kept me aware of all upcoming court dates, and was always available for my questions. I am thankful I had Mr. Novak representing me !!
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Posted by Christopher | March 5, 2020
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Amazing criminal defense lawyer
He did everything he could for me. More than a lawyer you hire, I truly think he gives his clients all he can. I would recommend him to anyone to help you get out of trouble
Posted by Sandra | June 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Defense Attorney
James Novak fought for me with my Dui case. I am so grateful for him being a single mom he made sure I got the minimum sentencing. I would suggest Mr. Novak to anyone!
Posted by Judy | December 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
TOP NOTCH CRIMINAL ATTORNEY- Very Satisfied
Mr. Novak is a top notch criminal attorney, without a doubt! His outstanding client relationship skills, ability to communicate clearly and exceptional knowledge of navigating through the legal system was extremely appreciated and necessary for a defense attorney’s success. He was always available if we had questions and responded almost immediately with answers. In addition, he explained each and every step we were taking, communicating with precision and tact, presented answers with fact and honesty, remained focused on our defense. He is very professional in his demeanor, respectable, made us feel as if we were the most important clients he had. Not once did we feel uninformed, confused, lacking in direction, nor given any false sense of well-being. He is exceptional, successful and confident. Well worth securing him as your defense attorney. Was facing 4 Felony charges, he got 3 dropped, 1 reduced to a lower level, no jail time, probation as part of a plea. Thank you Mr. Novak. JA
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Posted by Paul | May 17, 2017
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All charges dismissed
What a wonderful. Attorney. Well educated. Will use again if needed. Thank you
Posted by Jason | May 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
DUI
I was looking at 120 days jail time for a Super Extreme DUI. Mr. Novak represented me and I was very pleased with the outcome of only 4 days actual jail time and 15 home arrest. This could have not been done without his professionalism and his detail to my case. Mr Novak was always available for questions I had throughout my case and fought for me. I highly recommend his services to anyone that needs a attorney that will get the job done.
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2017
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James never gave up and got me the best outcome possible.
I was pending a mid-level felony charge (my first offense) and James Novak was able to suggest an alternative outcome with the prosecutors office. He never gave up on my case and was able to help me get enrolled in an alternative program to dismiss my case. I hired James because of his many years of experience in the Tempe-Mesa area. He is a great attorney. I have no regrets hiring him to represent me. I highly recommend him. It was a relief to have someone so knowledgeable about the Mesa Superior Court System representing me.
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Posted by Stephen | February 10, 2017
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DUI
I highly recommend James Novak! He got my DUI dismissed! He would always return my call or text within minutes and always made sure I completely understand everything and always answered my questions very thoroughly! I recommend that you hire James if you're ever in a similar situation as I was.
Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2017
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Best Man for the Job
James was extremely engaged in my situation from the start to finish of my case, and made me feel at ease the whole time, which is very important when dealing with the stress of the unknown. He truly cares about his clients and will work his tail off for you and has vested interest in each situation. I was facing a felony drug charge, and have 2 Drug Related DUI's over the past few months, along with the previous stated felony drug charge, and getting into the TASC program was our goal. After reviewing our options, James and I both agreed that getting into a diversion program would be our best option, and knew that the DUI's were going to be an obstacle in getting into the program, and sure enough, we got denied. That didn't stop James, it only made him that much more determined. After an hour or so of dealing with "higher ups" at the court, he got me in the TASC program, which was music to my ears. With all of that said, I highly recommend Mr. Novak's services, and he will work for you, and will fight for you, which is what you want when facing harsh charges. I cannot thank Mr. Novak enough for what he did for me, and know he will do the same for you if you chose to use his services.
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Posted by Sean | April 26, 2016
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Best Criminal Defense Attorney In Arizona!!
Let me just start by saying that before being blessed with the opportunity to meet Mr. James Novak, I had met with 3 other attorneys in the area, all of which I had left their offices in tears. I was facing 5 felony charges and was told by each attorney that I was more than likely going to serve prison time or at a minimum become a convicted felon. After lots of research, I found Mr Novak and scheduled a free consultation. It was the best decision I have ever made. His pricing was nearly 50% lower than any other lawyer I had met with and he listened to my case and made me feel confident in his abilities to accomplish what I was hoping for. Mr Novak answered every single call I made within the 2rd ring. I never had to leave a single message with anyone. He answered every text message I sent within 5 minutes of sending them. He was by my side at every court date and helped me through each process, step by step. In the end, Mr. Novak was able to get me the best possible deal given the circumstances. A deal that every attorney I had met with before him said was ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE!! James Novak fulfilled every expectation I had for him. I will refer anybody I ever meet who is faced with the same situation I was with confidence and pride. Thanks you so much Mr. Novak for your fantastic representation. You truly did save my life. I am forever thankful to you.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2016
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Excellent attorney
I would highly recommend Mr. Novak to anyone needing assistance with their case. He got everything done that was needed and helped me get out of a difficult situation. I had a minor in consumption charge and a fake id, he got the fake id charge removed which most definitely benefited me and my case. He is an amazing attorney.
Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely Satisfied!!!
Helped me out with my DUI case to obtain the least possible penalty allowed by the state of AZ, I couldn't have asked for better legal advice. I recommend him strongly!!!
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2016
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DEDIDCATED TO YOUR CASE
Mr. Novak worked really hard on my case. A case that I had already confessed my guilt. I was initially going to get charged for a class 4 felony of possession and sale of marijuana. Which got dropped to a class 6 felony of possession. Mr. Novak then worked my case to drop it to a misdemeanor and will eventually get off my record through the TASC program. This alternative Mr. Novak was able to give me was so much better than what I was facing and I trusted in his abilities to work my case.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2016
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Case Management
James is a great attorney. He has defended me in two cases. He is very professional and fights for each client. James gives you the individual attention you deserve.
Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
James was very accommodating throughout the entire process (even in the beginning FREE pre-consultation before I "hired" him). I really appreciated how he helped speed along my court case (and ensured the best possible outcome) as I was moving and could not have my court dates drawing out for a longer period of time. He was timely and always on top of my case. I also appreciate that he was available for every need I had throughout my case; this was very reassuring as I had many questions and concerns along the way. He made the situation as painless as possible by ensuring I understood the process and was happy with my results. Overall, I am very pleased with James' support and work on my DUI case. I highly recommend utilizing his service if you are in need of a DUI or criminal defense lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2015
D.U.I CASE
Got a DUI AND HE WAS ABLE TO GET IT DISMISSED AND HE KEPT ME INFORMED ON EVERYTHING ON MY CASE AMAZING
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2015
Excellent-Both Times
I have used Mr. Novak on two seperate occasions for felony drug charges and have been extremely satisfied with the outcome of both cases. He is the epitome of professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2015
Felony drug charges dismissed
Mr. Novak was a great help with my case of 2 counts of felonies. He answered for his services over the weekend and prepared for my court date in ample time. He was very knowledgable on legal issues and was a pleasure to work with. Very friendly and understanding. He worked for the best circumstance and got both charges dismissed.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2015
Mr. Novak was perfect
I was facing a Possession charge of a dangerous drug and a class 4 felony with a warrant that had been issued too me from the beginning. I called him late at night and he was responsive and answerded promptly ! I then had a meeting with him and he took care of my warrant quickly surprisingly . He answerd all my questions and was reall patient and kind with me , no judgement. He handled my case with a end result of a diversion program and the charges would be dropped on completion . I know I would not have gotten this care from any other lawyer and his price was perfect !!! I would trust him over and over again and recommend Mr. Novak too anyone !!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2015
Great lawyer
Mr Novak was extremely professional and very helpful. He took what looked like it was going to be a worst case scenario and turned into the best possible outcome. If you or some one you know needs a lawyer I would whole heart-idly recommend James Novak.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner & Founder
  • Law Office of James E. Novak, P.L.L.C.
  • 2004 - Present
  • Attorney DUI & Criminal Defense
  • Law Office of James Novak
  • 2004 - Present
  • Arbitrator Appointed by the County
  • Maricopa County
  • 2001 - Present
  • Founder, Former President , CEO, and Host
  • LawWebTV -
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Founder, Former President, and CEO
  • AttorneyYellowPages.com
  • 2004 - 2012
  • Partner & Principal Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Mcgill & Novak
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Maricopa County Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Prosecuting Attorney Intern
  • Maricopa County Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Prosecuting Attorney Intern
  • Ingham County Attorney's Office
  • 1995 - 1996
  • USMC Marine
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1981 - 1985
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Education

  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice - Aggressive Defense for Accused Impaired Driver
  • Certificate
  • 2015
  • CLE West 33rd Annual Criminal Year Seminar 2015
  • Certificate
  • 2015
  • AACJ 26th Legendary Trial Tactics
  • Certificate
  • 2014
  • CLE WEST 32nd Annual Criminal Year Seminar
  • Certificate
  • 2014
  • CLE WEST 31st Annual Criminal Year Seminar
  • Certificate
  • 2013
  • AACJ 26th Lessons From High Profile Cases
  • Certificate
  • 2013
  • AACJ 25th Annual Aggressive Defense of the Accused Impaired Driver
  • Certificate
  • 2013
  • Arizona State Bar DUI Law Updates
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • AACJ 26th Drug Cases
  • Certificate
  • 2012
  • Arizona State Bar Medical Marijuana Program
  • Certificate
  • 2011
  • Arizona State Bar Understanding the Inner Workings of the MVD
  • Certificate
  • 2011
  • AACJ 26th Cops and Robbers
  • Certificate
  • 2011
  • AACJ 23th Annual Aggressive Defense of the Accused Impaired Driver
  • Certificate
  • 2010
  • CLE WEST 28th Annual Criminal Year Seminar
  • Certificate
  • 2010
  • Western International University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2006
  • Northern Arizona University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2002
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Massachusetts
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1989
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Legal Cases

  • State v. B.L.
  • Dismissal
  • State v. J.C.
  • Case Dismissed
  • State v. P.T.
  • Class 3 Felony Dismissed
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Associations

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Arizona Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • Admitted
  • 1998 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • First Place Best Legal Blog
  • The Expert Institute
  • 2015
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2015
  • Superior DUI Attorney
  • The National Advocacy for DUI Defense,
  • 2015
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100
  • 2015
  • Accredited Business A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Gold Badge
  • Cornell Legal Information Institute
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Lawyers.com
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Lexis Nexis
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award Criminal Defense
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award DUI
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Accredited Business A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2013
  • Accredited Business A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2012
  • Accredited Business A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2011
  • NACDD
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 1998
  • National Trial Competition - Semi-finalist
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1995
  • Semi-Finalist Regional Negotiation Competition
  • American Bar Association
  • 1994
  • 1st Place Intra-School Negotiation Competition
  • American Bar Association
  • 1993
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Publications

  • E-Book
  • Your 24 Hour Arizona DUI Defense Action Plan
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Law Office and Client Management
  • How to Represent Arizona DUI and Criminal Defendants
  • 2014
  • WIU Classroom Lecture
  • How to Run a Successful Law Practice
  • 2006
  • WIU Classroom Lecture
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2005
  • NAU Class room Lecture
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • 2002
  • NAU Classroom Lecture
  • Arizona Criminal and DUI Laws
  • 2001
  • New Recruit Attorney RCC Triaining
  • Effective Cross Examination
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Novak as a DUI/DWI and Criminal Defense attorney. He is a relentless advocate for his clients, achieves amazing results. Attorney Novak is hardworking, dedicated and extremely effective in representing his client's. He is extremely knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience when it comes to dealing with criminal legal matters. I would tell anyone charged with a crime that retaining Attorney Novak is a great choice."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is highly skilled in DUI and DWI law. If there was a case that I needed to refer out, I would refer it to him. He cares for the law and for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a fellow criminal defense attorney in Maricopa County who is professional, knowledgeable, and well respected in the legal community. James truly cares about his clients and his experience is an asset in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I would highly recommend James Novak."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is a very skilled DUI defense attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Other
"James Novak is passionate about the work he does for all of his clients, as well as a highly experienced criminal defense / DUI attorney. I can't even remember how many trials he has handled, both as a former prosecutor and now a criminal defense attorney. I have interacted with James extensively via online forums and online client outreach programs. I have found him to be highly reliable, someone who does what he says he will do, and very knowledgeable about all aspects of criminal defense work. He is also kind and compassionate toward those who might have fallen down on difficult times, and sensitive to the needs of his clients. Most importantly, he is aggressive about defending his clients' legal rights to the maximum extent possible under the law. The highest endorsement I can give is that I would recommend him to a family member. I cannot say enough positive things about him."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Other
"Top notch lawyer in this field and one of the best lawyers in the state. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a great lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Novak for approximately 15 years. Mr. Novak is a very intelligent and experienced attorney. He achieves great results for his clients"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is an outstanding criminal defense lawyer who is known across the country for his aggressive representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney James Novak. A truly dedicated professional who will aggressively fight for his clients. Highly respected by current and former clients. He is an asset to our legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James Novak. Experienced and skilled attorney with an impressive record of success. He truly cares a great deal about helping his clients. Respected by colleagues in the legal field."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Law Office of James E. Novak; James Novak is a former Prosecutor and is a respected member of the Bar. He is nationally known for his books on DUI Defense, and determination to battle for his clients. James is active in the Bar, and manages several legal networks on G+ where attorneys share information, and discuss topics of interest to lawyers. James is easy to work with, and he will work hard for you. I highly recommend him to you. It is a pleasure to know him, and he serves the people of Arizona well. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Mr. Novak in action in the courtroom. He has proven to be knowledgeable and fights for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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