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.
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.”
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!