Edward F. Novak
State Bar President 2008-2009
Polsinelli Shughart PC

Edward F. Novak practices in the area of White Collar Crime/Special Matters. His recent experience includes:
  • Representation of a prestigious national health care organization in a multi-federal district and multi-state investigation into patient billing fraud
  • Defense of a Big Five accounting firm in multiple simultaneous proceedings in federal and state court involving both civil and criminal litigation
  • Defense of a County Sheriff's office in a federal investigation into the Sheriff's alleged violation of inmates' civil rights
  • Defense of a publicly held mutual fund company in connection with a federal fraud probe
  • Defense of a city in a fraud probe alleging civil rights violations
  • Defense of a national home builder in connection with a multi-district federal and multi-state investigation of clean water act violations
  • Representation of a large national retail securities firm in connection with a federal and state investigation into the fraudulent sale of oil and gas limited partnerships
  • Representation of a steel manufacturing company in both state and federal investigations of clean air act violations and fraud in the permitting process
  • Defense of a big six accounting firm partner in state and federal criminal investigations
  • Defense of real estate development companies in Department of Interior land exchange investigations
  • Defense of a local health care institution in connection with alleged illegal anti-union activities
  • Representation of employees of a aircraft maintenance company in connection with a federal investigation following a commercial jetliner crash
  • Expert witness testimony on issues of ineffective representation in criminal cases and legal malpractice in civil cases.
Bar Admissions1976, Illinois; 1979, Arizona; 1985, District of Columbia; United States Tax Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th, 7th and 9th Circuits. Education and HonorsKnox College, B.A., 1969; DePaul University, J.D., 1976. Note and Comment Editor, DePaul University Law Review, 1975-1976. Professional Activities and ExperienceExtensive jury, non-jury and appellate experience in criminal defense matters, complex civil litigation and government agency investigations in several areas including healthcare, environmental, procurement fraud, RICO, and securities. Member: State Bar of Arizona (Board of Governors, 1999-present; Criminal Rules Committee, Chairman 1993-1997; Criminal Justice Section, Chairman 1986-1987); American Bar Association (Section on Criminal Justice; Section on Antitrust Law and Litigation); Maricopa County Bar Association. Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice.