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Allison S. Novik

Divorce and separation Attorney at Encino, CA

4.4   19 reviews

also known as Allison M. Steele

  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Allison

Learn Allison’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    I help with all areas and aspects of divorce and separation including custody, visitation, spousal support, child support, and property division.

    10 years

  2. Child custody
    20%
    I help with all issues related to custody and visitation, including filing motions with Court or attempting to resolve any issues without Court intervention.

    10 years

  3. Child support
    20%
    I help with all issues related to custody and visitation, including filing motions with Court or attempting to resolve any issues without Court intervention.

    10 years

  4. Domestic violence
    20%
    I help with all issues related to domestic violence. I have extensive knowledge in this area as I have almost 2 years of experience as a law clerk prior to becoming a lawyer in addition to my time working in this field as a lawyer.

    12 years

With over 8 years of experience in family law and my own personal experience with divorce and it’s effects on a family, I commit myself to helping others through the family law process.

As a child of divorced parents and divorced grandparents, I have seen the gambit of family law issues. This personal experience led me to pursue a career in family law.

While attending law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego, I worked with the National Family Justice Center, helping victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders against their abuser. I then worked for a prominent San Diego family law firm where I learned all the ins and outs of the family law practice, helping clients through their case from beginning to end

After passing the Bar Examination and being sworn in to the California Bar in 2013, I joined a prominent Ventura Family Law Office, sharpening and honing my family law skills. I now work tirelessly to help my clients through this difficult and emotional process, helping them achieve their best possible outcome.

My goal is to help the client through the process by making it as uncomplicated as possible. I have seen first-hand how devastating this process can be; my focus is to help my clients make it through their case so they can move forward with their lives.

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Location

Novik Family Law, APC
16830 Ventura Blvd
Suite 500
Encino, CA, 91436

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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Benjy | January 13, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great lawyer
Allison is an honest, practical, and compassionate attorney. In all my dealings with her, I found her to be a breath of fresh air in a field of law that is unfortunately known to many as being filled with money-hungry selfish jerks. She is a trustworthy person, and I have and will continue to recommend her to those in need during what is often the most challenging time in their lives or prepare them for marriage with a pre-nuptial agreement.
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Posted by Donna | January 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Allison is a sharp attorney
Allison got me thru a case where I would have lost it all if something went wrong and she didn't know what she was doing. Well for being such an obscure type of case, she won it for me, and i will forever be grateful to her. She is very very smart. Donna R.
Posted by Kristian | November 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Empathetic and efficacious
Allison is an invaluable life saver in a sea of sharks. During the painful process of dissolving my marriage, she was fair, honest, compassionate, kind, and no non-sense when it was necessary. She maintained professionalism at all times, but still expressed empathy and encouraged me when I needed it. I would highly recommend her. She is one of a kind!
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Posted by DJZU | February 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient and complete
Originally I met with Mr. Zahn of the Zahn Laww office that Ms. Novik is a part of at his Ventura office. He had a very good understanding of my situation even in a quick meeting and I was sure he and his firm would be able to represent me well. I then worked with Ms. Novik in the Encino office. In either office, you deal directly with the attorneys. This creates a very personal experience compared to primarily working through a paralegal. With paralegals, a quick question gets asked, your attorney gets consulted, and then you get a response in a day or three. This is a time consuming and expensive process. With Ms. Novik, I'm able to speak directly to her whenever she is available and I get immediate assistance and resolution. Ms. Novik has shown great professionalism and attention to the specific needs of my situation. She has been willing to closely review paperwork and spot inconsistencies that may be missed in a busier office and certainly by myself. Sure I know what I want in my case and she has been able to draw out a plan in the papers that I thought met my needs and the needs of the case perfectly. Ms. Novik is very willing to work within the requests I have and is willing to provide guidance beyond just "checking off boxes" to simply get through things. After all, I wouldn't need an attorney if I knew what to ask and how to make it happen. In short, Ms. Novik at the Zahn Law Office comes highly recommended.
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Posted by Janet | November 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Both kind and effective
Allison was very kind and patient and thorough with my child support case, and effective - I am extremely satisfied with the outcome. She put my mind at ease during a very stressful time in my life. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Rose | November 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive Experience
I am truly grateful to have Allison Novik represent my case. Although the case took longer expected (due to my demanding work schedule), Allison knew from the beginning of the direction the case was going. She had ability to work opposing counsel to reach a fair settlement and custodial time. The costs were very reasonable and there were no unexpected costs. I would definitely recommend Allison Novik. Under the circumstances, Allison provided a positive experience.
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Posted by Erica | August 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A pleasure to work with!
I retained Allison to prepare the the last set of forms for my dissolution, including a marital settlement agreement. She exceeded my expectations! I had dreaded retaining an attorney for fear they would run off with my case and I’d not hear from them again, leaving me with little control. Wow, Allison was the opposite. Her communication was prompt and straightforward, and she was very knowledgable about the arduous process of navigating a case through the Los Angeles Superior Court system. All of this served to put me at ease. I can’t recommend her highly enough!
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Posted by Vanessa | June 1, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Allison is a compassionate, caring & ethical champion.
I was referred to Allison by a friend of mine. I was unable to retain her as she doesn't practice in my county however that has never stopped her from helping me in my child custody dispute to the extent that she is able to. I have been both pro se and represented by attorneys over the last couple of years and sometimes things just weren't clear for me and many times Allison took the time to explain things to me in lay man's terms as well as share her invaluable perspective as a family law attorney. She is extremely knowledgeable, sees angles to things that others hadn't when presented with the same information and has been such an asset to unofficially have in my corner. She truly cares about others which is evident as is she didn't she wouldnt help a complete stranger (me) as much as she has with nothing to gain. That is such a rarity in our legal system, especially amongst family law attorneys. To find an attorney that is in it because they truly want to help people through one of life's most trying times is like finding a needle in a haystack: nearly impossible. If you are fortunate enough to be in the counties that she practices in, do not hesitate to retain her! I personally know how difficult it is to trust attorneys as I've been burned by a few and I can say that she's nothing like those guys, she is a diamond and I am so thankful we crossed paths!
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Posted by Annette | May 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dedicated and Caring
Allison is an excellent attorney! She is hardworking, knowledgeable, supportive and very caring. She helped me to finalize a very long and stressful divorce. Towards the end, she went above and beyond and was able to get me a great result. I highly recommend her and would definitely hire her again when needed.
Posted by Genessa | April 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing, Professional, Caring, Knowledgeable
Allison is wonderful, through my whole case she was professional, patient and caring and genuine. When problems came up and I called for legal advice I was never made to feel as though I was asking stupid questions or being a bother. My battle was long and far more dramatic than I would have liked. I can’t imagine having gone through all of that without her.
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Posted by Carlos | April 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and Professional
Anyone who’s ever gone through a divorce can understand how vulnerable you are when it comes to making decisions based on fear and emotions. It is a horrible position of desperation you can be in when looking for the right legal help. With out going into to much personal details I will just say that after 2 attorneys, a heated divorce and a dwindling bank account Allison first helped me get my emotions under control. Then she took the time to explain to me that I needed to focus on the bigger picture (my children). While the other two attorneys continued to flush me with retainer fees after retainer fees that was wasted in senseless meetings and redundant paperwork. Allison actually took the time to come up with a strategy that would later prove to be the fastest and most economic approach at getting the split custody I was asking for. I honestly don't have the words to describe the level of gratitude I have for Allison and all that she did for my family and me. I would recommend her in a heartbeat to anyone going through the nightmare of a divorce. -Carlos
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce and Domestic Violence
Going through one of the hardest 2 1/2 year battles of my life, I was truly grateful to have Allison on my team. Alison was not only empathetic, encouraging and kind, she was creative in helping solve the ongoing arguments and accusations. She took the time to explain every step in the process so I understood and collaborated with me to help end this horrific battle. I would highly recommend her, without a doubt!
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Posted by David | April 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Results
Allison was extremely professional, and despite me being a literal emotional wreck, was able to get me an excellent result. She knew exactly how to handle my situation. Going forward I would urge anyone dealing with divorce or custody issues to seek Allison’s help.
Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody battle
My husband and I hired Allison for a very difficult child custody and child support case. We do not live in state and Allison was very accommodating. She promptly updated us on all information with the case and would explain everything in language we could understand. She showed compassion and empathy to the situation but also was firm and assertive when needed. I appreciate her honesty and input while helping us navigate this difficult situation.
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Posted by Randi | March 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
I can't say enough good things about Allison. I had the rug pulled out after 29 years of marriage and she made sure that I was supported and protected every step of the way and this took 2 long years! If you need a Divorce Attorney who will absolutely have your interests and well being be first......look no further than Allison.
Posted by Chantelle | September 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney
She made the worst experience of my life, better. The support and advice offered by her brought about mediation where possible and pushed only the necessary items to court. When we had to be soft, or aggressive she moved into each mode seamlessly. Supportive, smart, effective.
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
paid Client
I hired her as a family lawyer to get me child support from a completed Dissomaster that was completed by my previous attorney (in over a year she never got me anything nor was anything filed in court), she was to help with a breech of fiduciary responsibility (which is why I overturned a free hybrid judgment, never did anything), show the court the perceived neglect of my children from my ex (from many pictures and testimonial from people) never requested a court date, the divorce itself as I requested a trial and trial setting conference. She claimed she was super busy so I emailed her that she should put it on a date she could attend but, she booked it on dates she could not be there, she burned up my retainer, $3,000.00 and I supposedly owe her more for literally NOTHING COMPLETED. She filed a motion to be relieved after I went to court to find it had been taken off the calendar without notifying me. Now, I have two upcoming court dates with no family lawyer to represent me and a mediation conference. She worked with my Civil lawyer who said she was incompetent or surely extremely lazy. She seems to be in law to make money and not represent the clients with their best interest a heart. Many times I felt she was asking me for advice or to make decision that a well-versed lawyer should be advising me on. We met initially in an office that was not her own, she never wanted to talk or meet face to iron out our plans or streamline the process for me. Ultimately she made excuses for failures and gaslighted me as if I were a lawyer ( would never step by step walk me through a process to complete anything and she would not complete anything). If you are treated like me she will take your ($5,000) money and charge you to make requests or send emails that she won't fulfill or complete while your conversations and email cost you, and she will make sure your retainer is vanishing talking to opposing counsel while accomplishing nothing. Instead of working harder or smarter, her true nature will come out and she will quit instead of doing what you paid her for. She also predicted Judge Silberman's responses or what she thought he would do to make excuses for why she couldn't or wouldn't do her job.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrible Representation
I won’t go into details as I know they can not be disclosed due to client-attorney confidentiality but this attorneys representation was beyond poor and failed to even come close to exceeding any slight expectation. I retained her for about the going rate of most attorneys that would take on my case only to be over charged for her services, if that’s what you want to call them. I felt as if she was working for the opposing council as all of my request were shutdown by her before even consulting with the other party. Let me make this clear, not one of my requests were unreasonable. I was blindsided in court when it came to terms I was agreeing upon due to her lack of explanation and had to set aside the agreement to address these issues with another attorney. To make a long story short I discontinued her representation and retained a new attorney and all it took was one trip to court to get most of everything I was asking for with one hearing remaining. I can not even express how displeased I am with her services. You want to go into the courtroom knowing you have someone by your side that will fight for you and not once did I have this feeling with her. After switch attorneys I learned that this law firm has a very poor reputation among the legal community. My new attorney was substantially able to achieve more in 2 weeks then what Mrs. Novik was able to achieve in 4 months.
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Response from Allison Novik August 6, 2021
We understand our clients are going through difficult times in their lives and we always strive to exceed their expectations. While we do not agree with this review, it is not proper to comment publicly due to attorney-client privilege.
Posted by Tracy | March 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ripoff and unhelpful
Trying to charge over $7200 yes over $7200 For going to court 1 time and asking an extension 1 time and got nothing done in court!!! Just threw money away. She was my family lawyer for 1 month and when I got the first invoice after a fail in court with such a high amount owed, I immediately discontinued services. I wish I never hired her. This whole situation gave me so much stress.
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Response from Allison Novik March 4, 2021
We understand our clients are going through difficult times in their lives and we always strive to exceed their expectations. While we do not agree with this review, it is not proper to comment publicly due to attorney-client privilege.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Zahn Law Office
  • 2019 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Legal Intern
  • Law Offices of Stanley Bacinett
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Research Clerk
  • California Court of Appeal, Second District
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Legal Network Intern
  • National Family Justice Center
  • 2011 - 2012
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Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2010

Sample of Legal Cases

  • K v. C
  • Successful - request granted

Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Ventura County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019

Publications

  • In the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, Division Four
  • The People v. Marco Antonio Martinez
  • 2011
  • In the Court of Appeal of the State of California, Second Appellate District, Division Four
  • The People v. Jose Rodriguez
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (18)
Endorse Allison
Child custody Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She was a strong advocate for her client, responsive to all communications and a pleasure to work with."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Allison was great to work with. We are able to resolve a matter together, which benefitted both our clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Allison is a very competent and aggressive professional and I look forward very much to working with her again."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allison is a knowledgeable and passionate advocate for her clients. I highly recommend her!"
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I doubt you can find someone as empathetic and hard working for your case as Allison would be. She is great!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"One of the top young attorneys in Ventura County, Ms. Novik (formerly Steele) is dilligent, hardworking, detail orientated, and a vigourous advocate for her clients. She is also respectful to the court and opposing counsel, while never forgetting that her client's needs come first. Any family law client would be lucky to have her on their side, and I highly endorse her work."
Family Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. An absolute pleasure to know and a fantastic adversary. Knowledgeable and collegial, makes our job a good experience."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Allison is a consummate professional who deeply cares about her clients and achieving the best results. She is incredibly knowledgeable and has the highest level of honesty and professionalism."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Steele is knowledgeable, professional, and responsive. She aggressively advocates for her client. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. She works hard to help her clients achieve their goal."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very conscientious with her client's time and extremely efficient."
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Encino Divorce and separation Lawyer Allison S. Novik
Allison S. Novik
Divorce and separation Attorney
Encino, CA
Licensed for 10 years
Free Consultation