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James E. Novak participates in several legal organizations including The Arizona Attorneys For Criminal Justice, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and others. As well as:

National Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National College for DUI Defense
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Attorney James E. Novak

Attorney James E. Novak

Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer

James Novak built his law firm on the philosophy that “the client's needs and defense comes first” and is deeply committed to that priority. His quest is to make sure each of his clients receives the strongest defense possible; and will fight relentlessly to protect their constitutional rights, their future and their freedom. He is dedicated to providing a strong defense, every time for every client, regardless of the severity of the charges they are faced with.

By focusing strictly on criminal defense cases, James Novak can freely apply his skill gained as a former prosecutor and diverse educational background in an area that would most benefit people in need. As an Arizona criminal defense attorney, James Novak defends men, women, and youth who need experienced counsel for misdemeanor, felony, and DUI cases in Maricopa County, AZ. This also includes defense in cases of domestic violence, drug charges, marijuana crime, theft, sex crimes, weapon charges, probation violation, and other matters.

James Novak has a rounded perspective of the legal system that extends well beyond a law degree. With four advanced higher education degrees, he approaches each criminal case with a strong understanding of factors that can have a significant impact on a case's outcome. This includes knowledge of technical issues supported by a baccalaureate degree in Engineering, from crime scene investigations to lab testing and accident reconstruction.

A Masters of Business Administration has also proven especially useful in cases involving business and employment law. This includes situations of fraud, embezzlement, and matters related to finance. When it comes to building a strong defense from the prosecution, an especially keen understanding of finance and business practices are invaluable. Additionally, a Masters in Counseling/Education gives him psychological tools that can help read people in jury trials, jury selection, and depositions. This knowledge also assists in mitigation hearings related to alcohol, drugs and other addiction issues.

By staying connected with the legal community at the State and Federal level, James Novak remains informed on constantly changing criminal and DUI laws at all levels. He takes his passion for knowledge even further and has authored many criminal and DUI defense papers, web articles, and web blogs to help people in need find insights into the Arizona justice system. "Knowledge," James Novak says, "is the first step towards getting your life back after an arrest for a criminal offense."


  • Owner, The Law Office of James E. Novak
  • Founder and Producer,
  • Former Prosecutor, Maricopa County
  • Served Active Duty and Completed 4 Years in the United States Marine Corp.


  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Arizona University, 2006
  • Masters in Counseling/Education with Distinction, Arizona University, 2002
  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Thomas M. Cooly Law School, 1997
  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering, University of Massachusetts

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona Supreme Court, 2001
  • State Bar of Arizona, 1998
  • Arizona District Federal Court, 1998

Current and Former Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • National College For DUI Defense
  • Arizona Attorneys For Criminal Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Arizona Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Federal Bar Association

Publications and Media

“Winning Defense Strategies” - Your Arizona DUI & Criminal Defense

"101 DUI Defenses”- Your Arizona Winning DUI Defense Strategies

“24 Hours” - Your 24 Hour Action Plan Following an Arizona DUI Arrest - Information, guides, and resources related to misdemeanor and felony cases in Arizona. - Analysis, discussion, and examination of Arizona DUI laws as impacted by Phoenix DUI attorney James E. Novak. - Videos produced and featuring James E. Novak explaining Arizona statutes, current events, and issues affecting Maricopa County residents facing criminal offenses.

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