DANIEL R. NOVACK
Dan Novack has been described as "an enterprising First Amendment attorney" by Vanity Fair and has been hung up on by the Justice Department's FOIA office . . . repeatedly.
Dan has always held a deep fascination with journalism. Prior to practicing law, his news media experiences include running his high school newspaper and being run out of his high school newspaper.
An experienced First Amendment attorney currently practicing in-house, Dan's first brush with FOIA law was litigating his own request when he got sick of the DOJ not answering his emails. Instantly hooked, Dan set out to volunteer his legal services to journalists and news organizations. That's right - Dan is a bleeding heart.
Dan is the odd type of fellow who deeply believes in the public's right to know the business of government and doesn't mind the hassle of suing federal agencies. To paraphrase Conan the Barbarian, if you ask Dan what is best in life, he would say: "To sue for public records, see redactions driven before me, and to hear the lamentations of the Assistant United States Attorneys, Civil Division."
This website was created to chronicle Dan's adventures (or FOIA Frolics, as he likes to call them) and share any insights he gains along the way. Because FOIA is a labor of love - and because journalists don't have any money - all of Dan's clients are represented pro bono.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2011
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
B.A., Psychology, 2007
Activities & Affiliations
• New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee
• New York City Bar Association Media Law Committee
• Media Law Resource Center - Reporter's Shield Law Task Force
Dan is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.