Your Goals Are Our Priority

Our lawyers are dedicated to understanding the unique perspective of each and every client. We believe that our advice is only as valuable as our appreciation of your concerns. We see ourselves as problem solvers. We pride ourselves on crafting solutions that work, for everyone.

Since 1936

Novins, York & Jacobus

Expertise

We focus on the specific, technical and seemingly ever-changing areas of real estate, litigation, elder law, family law and personal injury. Our team is comprised of well-known and respected attorneys with the experience and skill to quickly resolve difficult legal challenges. We are committed to responding to clients’ needs promptly and economically and believe in building long-term attorney-client relationships based upon collaboration and solid performance.

Personal Service

You’ll never be just a name in our database. We’ll take the time to learn about you and about your life. Our dedication to our clients and commitment to individual attention prevent us from taking every case. We limit our caseload so we can focus our utmost attention on those individuals whose legal problems we decide to make our own.

Our Experts

Melissa M. Willem

Family Law | Traffic & Municipal Offenses | DUI/DWI | Personal Injury

Melissa began developing her expertise in family law while in law school, when she was chosen to work at the Domestic Violence Clinic. She continued that development following graduation, first while serving as a family court clerk and then representing the Ocean County Board of Social Services regarding various family law issues.

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Melissa has been with the firm since early 2012. Melissa is strongly rooted in Ocean County, having graduated from Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, where she resides today with her husband, Brendan, and their two daughters.

Education

Rutgers School of Law, Camden – Juris Doctorate
Kean University – Bachelor of Science

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Lauren M. Dooley

Corporate Transactions | Farm Law | Estate Planning | Real Estate | Business Transactions

Lauren commenced her legal career with a civil court clerkship for the Honorable Edward M. Oles. She represented the Ocean County Agriculture Development Board for nearly a decade where she acquired extensive experience in all facets of New Jersey Farm law including the Right to Farm Act, the Farmland Preservation Program, Farmland Assessment, SSAMPs and associated litigation. Committed to upholding the legal profession, Lauren has been appointed to serve as a member of the District IIIA Ethics Committee by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

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In addition to farm law, she also focuses her practice on representing borrowers and commercial lenders in loan transactions. She has experience in real estate secured lending, construction lending and commercial lending. Her primary focus is representing borrowers and lenders in all SBA Loan Programs.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Lauren volunteers her time to its communities, including serving as President of the Board of Directors for the Garden State Philharmonic and sitting on the Board of Trustees of the Community Medical Center Foundation. Lauren also served as an Adjunct Professor in Legal Research and Writing at Monmouth University.

Education

Seton Hall School of Law – Juris Doctorate
Villanova University – Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
United States District Court, District of New Jersey

David York

Real Estate | Land Use & Planning | Tax Appeals | Civil Litigation | Corporation Transactions | Estate Planning

David manages our Woodcliff Lake office in Bergen County. Prior to joining the firm, David was the Senior Vice President for World Water & Solar Technologies, where he served as in-house counsel and managed international business development. He also has deep roots in New Jersey politics, serving as the Director of Legislative Policy for the Governor of the State of New Jersey, and as an Advisor to two United States Senators.

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David sits on the Board of Directors of the Bergen Community College Foundation, the Board of Directors for the Center for Food Action, and the Board of Trustees of the Community Medical Center Foundation. He is also an active member of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey and serves on its Commerce & Professionals Committee.

David is a native of Ocean County, having graduated from Toms River High School South. He resides in Woodcliff Lake, Bergen County, with his wife, Amy, and their twin daughters.

Education

Seton Hall School of Law – Juris Doctorate
Tufts University – Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Lehigh University – Bachelor of Arts, Honors, Political Science

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Harvey York

Business Transactions | Land Use | Corporate Banking | Estate Planning | Real Estate | Corporate Transactions

Harvey is deeply entrenched in the New Jersey banking, business, education and nonprofit sectors, including serving on the advisory board of Investors Bank; the executive committee of the board of trustees of the Ocean County College Foundation; the board of directors of the Ocean County United Way; and as a founding member of the Toms River Daybreak Kiwanis Club.

More About Harvey

Harvey has been a member of the firm since 1971.

In addition, Harvey is qualified as an expert in real estate and land use law in the New Jersey Superior Court and United States District Court.

He has been recognized for his commitment to the community by the Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, the Ocean County College Foundation and the Lehigh University Board of Alumni.

Harvey and his wife, Barbara, have lived in Toms River for more than 50 years. Their two sons, Michael and David, are also members of the firm.

Education

American University, Washington College of Law – Juris Doctorate

Lehigh University – Bachelor of Arts

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

United State Supreme Court

Michael Jacobus

Wills & Trusts | Estate Litigation | Real Estate | Commercial & Corporate Matters | Guardianships | General Litigation | Business Transactions

Michael is a lifelong resident of Toms River, and began working with the firm in 1998 while a third-year law student. He is proud that his practice has developed and remained with the firm, and continues to offer personal services for a range of specialties and clients. Michael remains active in the community, serving as an executive board member for several local charitable organizations.

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Michael is an alumni of the University of Delaware, where he was a four-year member of the varsity crew team. During law school, he was a judicial extern for the Honorable Albert J. Garofol, J.S.C and clinical intern for the Widener Environmental Law Clinic. In addition to his current practice, he is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law attorneys and a qualified mediator, serving on the statewide roster of mediators pursuant to Court Rule 1:40. Michael remains active in the community, serving as a volunteer and head coach for Toms River Basketball Association, Toms River Futbol Club, and Garden State Soccer League. Michael lives in Toms River with his wife Dawn and two children.

Education

Widener University School of Law – Juris Doctorate University of Delaware – Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Michael York

Real Estate | Land Use & Planning | Banking & Corporate | Civil Litigation

A native of Ocean County, Michael graduated from Toms River High School South and remains active within the community, serving as a member or board member of several local and regional chambers of commerce, professional associations, health care and educational organizations and facilities, youth groups and charities.

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Michael has been with the firm since 2005. Prior to joining the firm Michael worked at the white collar criminal defense firm of Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iasson and Silberberg and the litigation firm Martin, Clearwater & Bell, where he specialized in the defense of health care institutions, manufactures and other professionals. He and his wife, Lori, reside in New York City with their son and daughter.

Education

Fordham University School of Law – Juris Doctorate
Lehigh University – Bachelor of Arts, English/Political Science

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
New York
United States District Court, Districts of New Jersey, Southern District of New York and Eastern District of New York

Testimonials

“Owning multiple companies allows me to choose any legal firm I want to, so choosing Novins, York & Jacobus was a well thought out decision. I have been a client of the firm now for over 15 years starting with Harvey York and then moving on to Michael York and have always gotten first class service. It’s quite rare to find a firm that has excellent representation in so many different areas of the law such as real estate, litigation, trusts and general business law. I always receive timely call backs from the partners. Client service is a core value of the firm.”

“The process of going through a divorce is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to endure. I have too many friends who experienced their own divorces without the benefit of a capable attorney on their side, and their support and custody arrangements reflect the lack of good counsel. I am grateful I retained Melissa Willem to help guide me through the uncertainty, upheaval, and emotional agony I experienced during my divorce. Melissa was always the voice of quiet strength and calm I needed during the storm. Melissa’s exhaustive knowledge of the law ensured my rights were protected, and I thank her for helping me to navigate the process to a tolerable end. I recommend her and the firm of Novins, York & Jacobus wholeheartedly to anyone going through a divorce.”

“Michael Jacobus handled a complex litigation for our family, and he was wonderful. He walked us through every step of the process, kept us constantly informed, and was always accessible. Our family could not be more pleased with our choice to trust Michael and the firm of Novins, York & Jacobus to represent us.”
“I have worked with Harvey York, Esq. and the law firm of Novins, York & Jacobus for 14 years and I have found Harvey and the staff to be very professional, friendly and attentive, always. Harvey is an excellent attorney and always courteous and very impressive. He is well prepared and demonstrates so much knowledge and attentiveness. My phone calls are always returned in a timely fashion and my questions are always well received and answered promptly. He is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend Novins, York & Jacobus to anyone who needs to seek legal counsel.”
“I’ve worked with David York on numerous transactions, including real estate and landlord-tenant actions, and find him and his staff to be professional, responsive and truly effective in their legal representation. In fact, I have also referred numerous clients to David and have received nothing but glowing reviews of his services. I highly recommend David York and the firm of Novins, York & Jacobus for your legal needs…you won’t be disappointed!”
“I would 100% recommend the law firm of Novins, York and Jacobus. Having worked with them on several occasions, I find their lawyers to be thorough, efficient, timely and responsive to all of my needs. There has never been a time that I did not feel confident in their abilities to assess my situation and offer excellent guidance. I look forward to working with the team at Novins, York and Jacobus for years to come.”

Contact US

During a century of changing legal and economic conditions, the firm's commitment to integrity, responsiveness and client service has never wavered. That’s our goal, and that’s what we have been doing for more than 80 years.

Ocean County

202 Main Street Toms River, NJ 08753

Bergen County

50 Tice Blvd. Suite 340 Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677

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