Steven W. Novak, J.D.


Dallas Office
300 Crescent Court, Suite 1350
Dallas, Texas 75201

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Steven W. Novak, J.D., received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and a B.G.S. in Political Science from the University of Kansas.  Mr. Novak is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of topics in estate and business planning and is recognized by Thomson Reuters as a “Texas Super Lawyer” (2014-2017).  Mr. Novak is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, and Fort Worth, Texas magazine has recognized him as one of Tarrant County’s Top Attorneys in Probate, Estates & Trusts.

Education & Accreditations

  • University of Kansas (1997)
    B.G.S. in Political Science
    Dean’s List
  • University of Kansas School of Law (2001)
    Law Review (1999-2001)
    Note and Comment Editor (2000-2001)
    Editor of Kansas Criminal Procedure Survey, published Spring 2001
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law
    Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Honors & Awards

  • Named by D Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas in the area of Trusts & Estates (2014)
  • “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters (2014-2017)
  • “Texas Rising Star Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters (2006-2012)
  • Recognized by Fort Worth, Texas magazine as one of Tarrant County’s Top Attorneys in the area of Probate, Estates and Trusts

Professional Memberships & Designations

  • American Bar Association, Real Property Probate and Trust Section, Tax Section
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Estate Planning Council

Publications & Speeches

  • Asset Protection Strategies for High Net Worth Clients, Quest Capital Lunch Presentation, June 2013
  • Advanced Estate Planning, Texas School of Trust Banking, July 2012
  • Marital Property Issues in Estate Planning, Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, May 2007
  • The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act-Issues For Non-Bankruptcy Lawyers and Other Professionals, Wichita Falls Estate Planning Council, June 2006
  • Estate Planning Basics, Texas Tax Institute, 2004
  • Family Limited Partnerships After Kimball and Strangi, Midland/Odessa AICPA Meeting, November 2004
  • Defective Sales and SCINS, Panhandle Chapter of AICPA, May 2004