Marty Novak is an attorney in the Real Estate Office of the Office of General Counsel for The University of Texas System. He is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is co-author of the Texas Foreclosure Manual and a contributing author to the Texas Collections Manual, both published by the State Bar of Texas. He is a frequent speaker at CLE programs offered by the State Bar of Texas, the University of Houston Law Center, and the University of Texas School of Law. In addition to his legal writings, Mr. Novak is also a published author on the topic of the early Christian church during the period of the Roman Empire. Before joining the General Counsel's Office, Mr. Novak was in the private practice of law for twenty five years, as a partner at the firms of Kleberg and Head, P.C., Hilgers and Watkins, P.C. and Brown McCarroll, LLP. Mr. Novak has received a BA with honors in History and Anthropology from Rice University, an MA in Roman history from the University of Chicago, and a JD with honors from the University of Houston.