Alan P. Novak is president and founder of Novak Strategic Advisors (NSA).
When the firm was established in 2001, Mr. Novak set out to build a public and government affairs firm dedicated to helping clients establish relationships and meet their strategic goals through intense, personalized grassroots campaigns. Today, he leads the NSA team with over 30 years of experience that helps NSA clients achieve one thing: results.
Whether raising a client’s profile, having input on legislation, or building strategic coalitions, NSA clients can always count on Mr. Novak’s personal attention and creativity. They also benefit from an extensive network of contacts that bring clients together with public and private-sector leaders Mr. Novak has known for many years.
Always visible, Mr. Novak is regularly sought by news media to comment on the political process. He political commentary has appeared in the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post as well as on CNN, Fox, ABC, MSNBC, PBS, Philadelphia talk radio programs, and many of Pennsylvania’s local news programs.
It is both Mr. Novak’s high profile and attention to the smallest details that have attracted a national client list to the firm. Mr. Novak’s representation ranges from Fortune 500 companies to charitable organizations and small businesses. On their behalf, he has effectively secured procurement contracts, achieved legislative victories, educated leaders about clients’ issues, and developed relationships with government entities.
Notably, Mr. Novak’s work on behalf of clients has led to legislation and state regulatory changes in the areas of gaming, the environment, taxes and state regulated alcohol sales.
Mr. Novak describes his representation as being “constant and conscientious,” the value of which he learned as both an attorney and political party leader.
At Lamb McErlane, Mr. Novak practices in municipal law and land use law as well as civil litigation. Known for his legal expertise in local government, Mr. Novak served as solicitor for several municipal authorities, local governments and local government entities. Today he is of counsel with the firm.
Mr. Novak was also the longest serving Chairman of Pennsylvania’s Republican Party (1996-2005). In this role, he was the architect of nearly a decade of Republican dominance in statewide elections and was regularly recognized on PoliticsPA.com’s “Power 50 List” as one of the fifty most politically powerful Pennsylvanians. When Mr. Novak stepped down as Chairman, one political power broker described Mr. Novak as someone with the “ability to persuade, cajole and convince somebody they should do something.”
It is with that same finesse that Mr. Novak worked on the Corbett Transition Team and served 4 years on the Pennsylvania Racing Commission, including a cycle as the commissions chair. He is also chair of the Board of Trustees for Ursinus College serves on the board of Independence Blue Cross, as well as a member of the Chester County Economic Development Council, and several community non-profit boards.
Mr. Novak is a 1971 graduate of Ursinus College and a 1975 graduate of Villanova Law School.
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
- Ursinus College, Trustee, Chairman of the Board
- Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, Chairman
- Governor’s Sunset Task Force Commission, Commissioner
- Chester County Sports Hall of Fame, Director
- First Priority Bank, Director
- Former Chairman, Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania
- President’s Advisory Committee for White House Fellows
- Bush/Cheney Commerce Department Transition Committee, 2000
- Chester County Economic Development Council
- American, Pennsylvania and Chester County Bar Associations
- Committee on Arrangements, Republican National Convention, Philadelphia 2000