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DBT40 Honoree: Joshua Novak

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Position: Director

Employer: Richards Layton & Finger

Age: 38

Joshua Novak didn’t want to be a lawyer when he was growing up. In college, he studied architecture and even designed several homes, including his parents’ home. But he eventually found his way to the legal world and now works as the director of the law firm Richards Layton & Finger.

Novak represents multinational corporations in high-value transactions, including advising and assisting Fortune 500 and Fortune 50 companies with private equity funds.

Before COVID-19, Novak tended to be a micromanager, but the pandemic taught him to be more trusting of his associates and staff while they worked remotely.

Novak is a regular contributor to “Lubaroff & Altman on Delaware Limited Partnerships,” a guide to limited partnerships in Delaware. He also frequently speaks about Delaware limited liability companies and partnerships at law firms, conferences and continuing legal education seminars.

For more than eight years, Novak represented a child as his guardian ad litem while he navigated adolescence and foster care, staying with him until he turned 18. Novak tried to reunite the child with his parents, but they ultimately decided that going home with his parents was not a viable option.

Novak also acted as a Mental Health Court defendant’s advocate in the Delaware Superior Court and worked with his client to obtain financial assistance, medication, and visitation with family members. 

Novak has been one of the New Castle County co-chairs for the Combined Campaign for Justice, an organization that fundraises and supports various nonprofit legal service providers in Delaware.

He is also on the board of directors of Cornerstone West CDC, a nonprofit organization that provides various community programming and resources to Wilmington’s West Side neighborhood.

Several years ago, Novak became an ordained minister to officiate a beach wedding for his best friend and now wife in Turks and Caicos. 

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