Bradley A. Bertkau

Brad focuses his legal practice in the area of civil defense litigation. Brad has experience handling cases in a variety of practice areas througout the state of Illinois. He has also represented clients in Federal Court in both Illinois and Indiana.


Practice Areas

Civil Defense Litigation

Transportation Litigation

Construction Litigation

Premises Liability

Cargo Claims


Professional Affiliations
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers’ Association
  • Claims Litigation Management Alliance
Honors and Awards

Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyer Magazine

Rising Star, Top Rated Lawyer, Super Lawyers

Judicial Externship, Illinois Commerce Commission, Chicago

Administrative Law Judge Claudia Sainsot, 2007

  • JD, The John Marshall Law School, 2008
  • B.A., Business/Economics and History, Lafayette College, 2003

Bar Admissions


Northern District of Illinois

Northern District of Indiana

Representative Cases

Acuity v. Decker, 2015 IL App (2d) 150192

Carolina Cas. Ins. Co. v. Estate of Sperl, 2015 IL App (3d) 130294

Rahic v. Satellite Air-Land Motor Serv., 2014 IL App (1st) 132900

Oshkosh Storage Co. v. Kraze Trucking LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 176217

Hoffman v. Crane, 2014 IL App (1st) 122793-U

Swanson v. Nims, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25299 (N.D. Ind.)


Broker/Shipper Liability (Presentation 2016)

Liability Issues – under the Uniform Intermodal Facilities Access Agreement (UIIA) (2016)

Ready v. United/Goedecke Services, Inc. – Case Note – Construction Law – Newsletter.