Jason Orleans

Jason works in the area of casualty defense, with an emphasis on transportation litigation, including the defense of cargo loss under the Carmack Amendment. He also has extensive experience defending construction and premises liability matters. Jason’s practice includes trial work in State and Federal courts, the Illinois Court of Claims, and hearings at private mediation and arbitration. His practice also includes insurance coverage litigation in State and Federal courts, with an emphasis on coverage disputes arising from construction and transportation related losses.

Contact: jorleans@ocnlaw.com


Practice Areas

  • Appellate and Legal Issues
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • General Negligence
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Premises Liability
  • Transportation
Bar Admissions

State Court Admissions:

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court

Federal Court Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Representative Cases
  • Lumbermens Mutual Insurance v. Swift Transportation and GES Exposition Services, 303 F.Supp 2d 920 (N.D. Ill. 2003)
  • Carolina Casualty Ins. Co. v. Estate of Sperl, et. al., 27 N.E.3d 635 (3rd. Dist. 2015)
  • Ocean Beauty Seafoods, LLC v. Landstar Ranger, Inc., 2012 WL 42706 (N.D. Ill. 2012)
  • Oshkosh Cold Storage v. Kraze Trucking, 2014 WL 7011850 (E.D. Wisc. 2014)
  • Payne v. Schneider National Carriers, et.al., 737 F.Supp. 2d 969 (S.D. Ill. 2010)
  • RA Chisholm, Ltd. v. Fulton Market Cold Storage Co., LLC, 2011 WL 6182347 (N.D. Ill. 2011)
  • Sachs v. Reef Aquaria Design, Inc., et al., 2007 WL 322336 (N.D. Ill. Keys), 74 R. Evid. Gen. 1238
Professional Affiliations
  • Certified Arbitrator for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit
  • Conference of Freight Counsel, member
  • Lake County Bar Association, member
  • Transportation Lawyers’ Association, member
Honors and Awards
  • CALI Award for Comparative Law
  • National Honors’ Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1998
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995
Community Involvement
  • Board Member DYBA Youth Softball Association, 2012-2014
  • Broker Liability, Transportation Lawyers’ Association Regional Seminar, Chicago, Illinois. January 2012.
  • Cargo/Carmack Amendment Liability Issues, 2009
  • Guest Lecturer at Denver University, Strum College of Law, in Transportation Liability and Insurance, 2007 to 2011
  • Illinois Premises Liability, 2013
  • Joint and Several Liability Trends in Illinois, 2011
  • Panelist at Transportation Loss Prevention Society, Cargo Claims Academy, April 2015
  • The Defense Perspective – Spotting the Issues and Navigating the Conflicts in a Catastrophic Trucking Loss, Steven B. Novy and Jason Orleans, Truck Accident Litigation, 2nd Ed., (2006, ABA Publishing, Gensen and Kerezman)
  • Venue Volatility/Illinois Procedure, 2014