While his solo practice of law focuses on personal injury, Florida attorney Paul Novack has turned into quite the cold case sleuth outside the office.

Last November, the News told the story of how Novack led a group of cold case investigators to help the Miami-Dade Police Department crack the case into the disappearance of 17-year-old Danny Goldman who was abducted from his family home on March 28, 1966.

Ever since the Goldman case was solved, Novack, who’s become South Florida’s version of Sherlock Holmes, has been working on an encore. On May 9, the Miami-Dade Police Department announced the closure of the high-profile killing of wealthy produce merchant Joseph DiMare on March 24, 1961.

With help from Novack and his cold case team, Miami-Dade homicide detectives now confirm that Joseph’s wife, Frances DiMare, pulled the trigger, solving one of the oldest cold cases in Florida history.

Novack says he started working on the DiMare case simultaneously as the Goldman case progressed.

“I started investigating the kidnapping [of Goldman] and within a year I was also on the DiMare case,” Novack said. “In 2015, Richard DiMare, the youngest son of the victim, reached out to me because he had heard about my work on the Goldman case and asked if I could look at this case.”

Novack said the killing of Joseph DiMare was already on his radar based on how he investigates old cases by widening his focus.

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In the midst of the turbulence caused by new immigration laws, the Miami Book Fair hosted a riveting discussion titled “Chaos and Community: The Impact of New Immigration Laws on Haitian Refugees in the U.S.” on May 7, 2023. Among the esteemed panelists were Gepsie Morisset-Metellus, community activist and co-founder of the Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center; Edwidge Danticat, acclaimed Haitian American author; Paul Novack, a former mayor of Surfside and a distinguished attorney known for his extensive work with refugees and the Family Action Network Movement; and Leonie Hermantin, director of communications and development at Sant La. The event was a comprehensive exploration of the historical and current challenges faced by Haitian refugees in the U.S., with a particular focus on those who arrived in 1972 and their ongoing struggle for justice and equal rights.

Paul Novack’s participation in the event was a testament to his unwavering commitment to advocating for refugee rights. His insights, drawn from his professional experience and his work with the Family Action Network Movement, added a unique perspective to the discussion. Novack’s contributions to the discourse underscored the importance of community support and solidarity in times of chaos. His work, both within and beyond the U.S., including disaster relief projects for Haiti, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic, is a testament to his dedication to public service and community integrity. This event served as a platform for Novack to further highlight the critical role of civil rights leaders, Black leaders, and people of various faiths who continue to play a crucial role in advocating for refugee rights.