Benjamin P. Novak
1860 Charter Lane
Lancaster, PA 17601
- Penn State Law – Magna Cum Laude
Benjamin Novak is an associate in Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding’s Lancaster office. His practice focuses on the defense of civil lawsuits involving premises liability, auto accidents, municipal liability, § 1983 claims, and construction defects. Mr. Novak is also active in the Firm’s insurance coverage and bad faith departments. He has successfully represented clients in risk transfer matters, and successfully tendered the defense of multiple clients to the appropriate parties.
During 2022, Mr. Novak has obtained dismissal of clients from numerous matters, including the following:
- Mass litigation involving a 64-vehicle pile-up
- A trip and fall involving an open and obvious defect in the sidewalk
- Municipal liability for an alleged trespass
- Snow and ice slip and fall
Mr. Novak was named a 2022 Rising Star by the organization Super Lawyers®.
About Benjamin Novak
Prior to joining FHMS, Mr. Novak served as a law clerk in several trial and appellate courts. He previously clerked for the Honorable Elizabeth Doyle of the Blair County Court of Common Pleas, for Judge Brooks Smith of the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and for Judge Renée Cohn Jubelirer, of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. Mr. Novak graduated from Penn State Law with magna cum laude honors and was ranked fifth in his class of more than one hundred twenty students. He was chair of the Penn State Law Moot Court board.
Mr. Novak is a U.S. Army veteran, with deployments to Afghanistan in 2012 and 2014. He served in the Finance Corps and was responsible for certifying the legality and propriety of disbursements exceeding four million dollars and collections exceeding eight million dollars. One of Mr. Novak’s favorite memories involves a mission to a CIA base on the Afghan – Pakistani border, where he met an operator named “Cockroach.” Mr. Novak also performed a tour of duty in Kuwait in 2011, where his unit supported the drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq.
Mr. Novak lives in Lancaster with his wife and son. In his spare time, he enjoys serving in his church, the NFL, history podcasts, and board games.