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Jennifer Faye Novak

Environmental and natural resources Attorney at Rolling Hills Estates, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Environmental and natural resources
    Representing property owners and industrial/commercial businesses with permitting, compliance, and public/private enforcement, with a special emphasis on stormwater and hazardous waste.

    22 years

I have practiced law in California for more than 23 years with a career that includes private practice, as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, and as a clerk to an appellate court judge. Our firm represents property owners and businesses in environmental litigation and as advisors for matters involving soil and groundwater remediation, Clean Water Act citizen suits, Water Board 13304 and 13267 orders, and more.

We work with our clients to identify the best strategies for their needs. What matters most is our clients’ comfort level and for them to know they have a supporter, advisor, and advocate in their corner. We help our clients assess their risks and liabilities, develop a strategy, and then see it through to the end. Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies and national corporations to individual landowners and small businesses. For some, the best result is to minimize financial liability. Other clients seek quick resolution without endangering their reputations, causing unnecessary stress, or damaging their relationships with regulatory agencies. Others simply want a second opinion. But when the need arises, we are prepared to litigate in state and federal court, and all the way through appeal.

I have represented or worked alongside of a wide variety of local, state and federal agencies, including U.S. EPA, State Water Resources Control Board, various Regional Water Quality Control Boards, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Air Resources Board, U.S. Department of Justice, and the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.

The Law Office of Jennifer F. Novak is certified as a small business enterprise and as a woman-owned, minority-owned, business.

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Law Office of Jennifer F. Novak
500 Silver Spur Rd Ste 206
Rolling Hills Estates, CA, 90275-3607
The Law Office of Jennifer F. Novak (By Appointment Only)
7083 Hollywood Blvd, Office #472
Los Angeles, CA, 90028
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Posted by Zack frluckaj | February 8, 2021
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Excellent job on consulting work. did more than just finishing want firm was hired for very professional.
Posted by Mark | September 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Talented and Exceptionally Easy to Work With
Jennifer helped my nonprofit organization oppose a new a new, large homeless shelter, which was by any estimation proposed too close to residences. Specifically, she documented the historic contamination on the site from its century's use as a train and then bus depot and identified the legal issues and health concerns with its repositioning for human occupation without the adequate soils remediation. Jennifer was available to help educate our members about the legal and technical issues involved in our CEQA case. When we needed help finding new CEQA counsel, Jennifer helped us find competent counsel and then stepped in to assist with the matter as well. Jennifer was receptive to our ideas and willing to guide us towards different solutions where needed. She was professional and easy to work with and I would recommend her highly.
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Posted by Ronnie | September 10, 2020
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KPAC-General Vice President
I hired Jennifer to help us with a complicated hazardous waste generator tax assessment. The tax was levied on us for some property we purchased for new construction. During the grading phase, hazardous waste was discovered and properly disposed of. Subsequently (much later), we were assessed by the State with taxes and penalties for being a "Hazardous Waste Generator". Although we were unable to have the taxes waived, Jennifer relentlessly navigated a settlement that allowed us to avoid the penalties and interest. She worked diligently to mitigate the fees and continuously kept us informed throughout the process. She made herself available to us at all time and was a pleasure to work with. She's an advocate you want on your! side.
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Posted by Kurt | August 29, 2020
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Excellent Environmental Attorney
I have known Jennifer for many years and have worked with her in various capacities, including when she represented my agency in a particularly complex and challenging matter. She is an extremely knowledgeable and highly skilled attorney and is always a pleasure to work with. She is also a wonderful person. I give her my highest possible recommendation.
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Posted by Chris | August 6, 2020
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Excellent Attorney
Ms. Novak was exceptional. She kept in contact with us, was very thorough, and made us feel comfortable as we progressed through our challenges. Her office was always available and quick to respond to our questions. We would highly recommend her.


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Work Experience

  • Founder and Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Jennifer F. Novak
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Egoscue Law Group
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Deputy Attorney General
  • California Department Of Justice, Office Of The Attorney General, Natural Resources Section
  • 2002 - 2012
  • Litigation Associate
  • Robie & Matthai
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Litigation Associate
  • Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O’Keefe & Nichols
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Judical Law Clerk
  • California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District
  • 1996 - 1997
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  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 1996
  • U.C. Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • 1993


  • California Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Environmental Law Section
  • 2019 - Present
  • Japanese American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Attorney General's Award
  • California Department of Justice
  • 2007
  • Attorney General's Award
  • California Department of Justice
  • 2005


  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • The Value of Simplifying Case Presentation
  • 2005
  • Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine
  • A Trial Preparation Checklist
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • South Bay Realtors Association Breakfast Speaker Series
  • Risks Associated With Purchasing Real Property
  • 2020
  • California Lawyers Association Webinar (moderator)
  • Split the Check, Please: Dividing Costs Among Responsible Parties
  • 2020
  • Solo & Small Firm Summit: the 21st Century Law Firm (speaker)
  • California Environmental Laws Every Small Business Should Understand
  • 2019
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (moderator)
  • 2020 Focus on Agency Enforcement
  • 2019
  • 2019 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite (moderator)
  • The Ports in An Environmental Storm
  • 2019
  • 2019 Annual Meeting (speaker)
  • Los Angeles River Stormwater Use and River Restoration: Competing or Compatible Visions?
  • 2019
  • First Annual Sections Meeting (moderator)
  • Environmental Enforcement 101
  • 2018
  • Breakfast Speakers Series (speaker)
  • Building the Brick House: Identifying the Environmental Laws that Might Affect Your Business and Keeping the Big, Bad, Wolf at Bay
  • 2018
  • American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (moderator)
  • Cost Recovery Under California’s HSAA: New Cases Clarify the Right to Sue and Causation
  • 2018
  • 2018 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite (moderator)
  • The Storm Over Implementing TMDLs in the Industrial Storm Water General Permit
  • 2018
  • Your Voice Riverside (moderator)
  • It’s Raining. It’s Pouring. Are We Ready for Storing?
  • 2017
  • Southern California Environmental Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Association (speaker)
  • California Water Quality: Federal and State Law Basics and Enforcement Issues
  • 2017
  • Lunchtime Speaker Series (speaker)
  • Litigating Contamination Property Claims as a Solo or Small Firm: It Takes a Village
  • 2014
  • 28th Annual Environmental Law Symposium: Saving Our Environmental Dollars and Sense (speaker)
  • High Stakes CERCLA Litigation: Lessons Learned from the Rialto-Colton Basin Litigation
  • 2014
  • Law Seminars International Program (Co-Coordinator and Speaker)
  • Clean Water And Stormwater in Southern California
  • 2012
  • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Fire Investigators’ Conference (all-day speaker)
  • The Attorneys’ Perspective on Civil Cost Recovery Actions
  • 2012
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (speaker)
  • So You Think It Never Rains in Southern California? An Update on Municipal, Construction, And Industrial Enforcement and Compliance
  • 2010
  • California Water Law Conference (speaker)
  • Rialto Basin Perchlorate Groundwater Dispute
  • 2009
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (speaker)
  • Investigate, Remediate, Compensate: The Keys to Federal and State Cleanups
  • 2008
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Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jennifer Novak is a great environmental attorney. She and I have worked on a number of matters together. She is a leader in her field and I rely on her expertise in environmental matters. I highly recommend her and her team."
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Rolling Hills Estates Environmental and natural resources Lawyer Jennifer Faye Novak
Jennifer Faye Novak
Environmental and natural resources Attorney
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Licensed for 27 years
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