More Ethics Charges Filed Against Ocean County Law Firm

Douglas J. Hull, an associate of the Manchester law firm Robert C. Novy & Associates, is scheduled for a public hearing before the district ethics committee following him being accused of violating ethical rules related to deceit. Earlier this year, the firm’s principal, Robert C. Novy, was named as a respondent in a different ethics complaint as allegedly bilking a senior citizen client out of her money. 

Why are they smiling? Members of the Novy Law Firm (Photo from Google Plus)

Why are they smiling? Members of the Novy Law Firm (Photo from Google Plus)

Douglas Hull, Esq.

Douglas Hull, Esq.

Robert Novy, Esq.

Robert Novy, Esq.

The New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics, which regulates attorneys admitted to practice in the state, recently filed another ethics complaint against a member of the Novy law firm on June 30th, 2016. Public records released by the OAE said Douglas J. Hull was charged with a violation of the New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct, which govern attorneys admitted to practice in the state.

Specifically he was charged with an alleged violation rule 8.4, section C, which defines a violation of this rule as occurring when lawyers “engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”

Hull’s ethics charges stem from a November, 2015 grievance filed by Nancy Fremuth. The case will be prosecuted by Glenn D. Gassman before the District IIIA Ethics Committee. Hull’s biography on the Novy firm’s website said that he has been practicing law since 1974 and joined the firm in 2000. The biography also claimed that “Helping others is what inspires Douglas Hull in his role as attorney at Novy & Associates.”

See the full list

See the full list of (allegedly) unethical lawyers of the month.

Mr. Novy is the host of the “Inside the Law” show on WOBM and his legal practice focuses primarily on elder law. Public records also revealed Novy to be a perennial Republican donor.

We are currently waiting for the OAE to provide a copy of the full complaint via a public records request.

Editor’s note: Credit should be given to New Jersey government transparency activist John Paff for submitting a news tip about this matter. Thanks John!

Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi is the editor of Ocean County Politics and a lifelong Ocean County resident, residing in Lacey Township. Gavin's work centers on the intersection of money and politics in Ocean County, with a focus on public corruption. In 2017 he created New Jersey's first statewide freedom of information portal, He can be reached via email at or via phone at (732)-504-3636 ext. 1 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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4 Responses

  1. FJLinNJ says:

    John Paff – well done. GR, also, as always.

  2. kickyourace says:

    Stunned no criminal charges.

  3. Manny says:

    After all of this , the dude is still on WOBM?

  4. Frank Rizzo says:

    I think the show ended a week or two ago…I do believe he is off the air

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