Robert J. Novak

Robert J. Novak Member

P: 602.262.5833
F: 602.495.2637
L: Phoenix

The recent financial turmoil has once again proved up the fact that history does repeat itself and attention to detail and advanced preparations are always good business concepts. With these recent and sometimes painful lessons at hand and the future filled with new regulations, rules, procedures and both risks and rewards there has never been a more appropriate time for solid competent legal counsel. In the past several years, if nothing else, those of us in the areas touched by financial issues have learned the value of thoughtful and practical experienced legal advice. That is what our firm, our team and I can do to help you and your business. We actively assist banks, private and public, officers, directors, and shareholders in issues from regulatory compliances, dispute resolution, deal structures, bankruptcy issues and related matters.

If you want practical, experienced legal advice, we are here for you.

Areas of Focus

  • Federal and State Regulatory Compliance
  • Banking Structure
  • Banking Services
  • Restructuring of Debt
  • Equity Structures
  • Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Development and Finance
  • Construction Matters

Representative Engagements

  • Represented major regional multi-billion dollar nationally charted bank officers and directors in recapitalization and related regulatory issues
  • Represented corporate and individual health care providers with certification and regulatory dispute resolutions

  • Represented community bank officers and directors relating to state and federal regulations, bank closures, administrative regulatory issues, and loss claims
  • Represented numerous debtors on issues of restructure, refinance, release of personal guarantees and related issues
  • Represented an international company in the purchase, sale, and reorganization of commercial buildings and improved and unimproved land
  • Represented Savings & Loan Association on the sale of various debt instruments
  • Successfully defended and reorganized a client owning through multiple entities major real estate projects
  • Represented a major real estate development of over 5000 acres, multiple golf courses, and infrastructure to a successful sale
  • Represented retail business with multi-state locations in debt restructure, store closures, lease negotiation and subsequent sale to a public company
  • Represented client in licensing agreements, and in arranging and structuring financing with a major publicly traded company
  • Represented a major real estate company in the restructure of financing involving debtor in possession, public company financing and offshore financing

Articles and Publications

  • Author, "Who Is the Client? Where Is My Attorney?," 90 Day Note, A Young & Associates, Inc. Publication  (September 2011)

Honors, Appointments and Awards

  • AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2018) in the categories of Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law

  • Top Lawyers List, Banking, Arizona Business Magazine (2014)


  • Presenter, "Banking On It: Changing Times for Banks," Turnaround Management Association and Arizona Bankers Association (June 2011)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    Business Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona
    Real Estate Section, Member
    Bankruptcy Section, Member
    Banking Section, Member
    Client Security Fund, Chairman
  • Arizona Bar Foundation

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona, 1971

Court Admission

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1971


  • J.D., University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, 1971
  • B.A., Drake University, 1967