Nathan Novak

Of Counsel

Los Angeles

Nathan Novak has tried and handled a diverse portfolio of civil litigation in federal and state courts and before arbitrators throughout the United States. A Certified Fraud Examiner, Nathan combines his financial and accounting proficiency with his litigation experience to focus particularly on cases involving sophisticated finance, accounting or tax issues. Nathan is a member of the firm's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution group.

Nathan has handled a wide range of matters, including complex commercial and business litigation, professional liability litigation, employment litigation, disputes between partners or shareholders, and class actions. Nathan has also served as an adviser and resource to the firm's corporate clients on issues related to Nathan's financial expertise.

  • Prior to attending law school, Nathan spent one year working as a financial analyst for Northern Border Pipeline Company in Omaha, Nebraska, evaluating energy infrastructure investment opportunities.

    Nathan is a Certified Fraud Examiner and an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, where he has served as Vice President (Events) and is currently serving as a Director At-Large.

  • Nathan's representative matters include:

    • Mark Dyne v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Defended Big Four accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in a nearly five-year-long litigation arising out of alleged professional negligence (malpractice) on the part of PwC accountants and tax advisers. Plaintiff, a ground-floor investor in Skype, alleged that PwC personnel were negligent in advising Plaintiff regarding structure and tax implications of a complicated international investment vehicle and that said negligence caused Plaintiff to pay ordinary income tax rates rather than capital gains rates on gain from the investment. Nathan served as second-chair trial counsel. After a 16-day jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court, the jury returned a defense verdict after deliberating just two hours. (See media coverage in Law360).
    • Karen Sun v. U.S. Bank Equipment Finance. Defended subsidiary of U.S. Bank in contract dispute and gender discrimination and harassment suit brought by one of its former salespeople. Plaintiff alleged that she was sexually harassed and discriminated against with regard to salary and incentive compensation on the basis of gender and alleged harassment by her direct supervisor, and that she was denied incentive compensation for a deal she closed prior to leaving the company. Nathan served as second-chair trial counsel. After a seven-day trial, the court rendered a defense verdict on all tort claims.
    • DHL. Served as counsel for international express mail and freight shipper DHL in dozens of actions. Defended DHL in class actions alleging that sale of DHL’s “Shipment Value Protection” (SVP) constituted the unlawful and unlicensed sale of insurance. In Wayne v. DHL Worldwide Express, won summary judgment on grounds that SVP was not insurance as a matter of law. California Court of Appeal affirmed by 2-1 vote. Also defended DHL in approximately 15 actions filed in various jurisdictions across the United States by DHL’s “resellers”—small and medium-sized freight and express mail forwarders who shipped their customers’ packages through the DHL network—when those resellers’ agreements with DHL were terminated as a result of DHL’s cessation of domestic freight and express services in 2008. Resellers throughout the United States alleged claims under contract, tort, and franchise law.