Orleans Canty Novy

65 East Wacker Place • Suite 1220, Chicago, IL 60601 • 847-625-8200 • fax 847-625-8262

Orleans Canty Novy, LLC provides civil defense litigation services for an established array of clients, including insurers, transportation and logistics companies, and for other industries in need of counsel in the defense of personal injury and property damage related claims and suits.


Orleans Canty Novy, LLC is typically retained by insurance companies to defend their insureds in defense of claims and suits for bodily injury, property loss, and cargo loss. Engagements also include insurance coverage consultation and litigation. A substantial portion of Orleans Canty Novy, LLC’s litigation practice involves transportation defense for a variety commercial entities, including motor carriers and logistics companies. Other areas of concentration include the defense of construction injury and defect claims and suits, premises liability claims and suits, and defense of general tort claims and suits. Services will involve the defense of existing and new claims, suits, and consultation matters, as well as “emergency response” coordination to catastrophic transportation and construction incidents.

Civil Defense Litigation

  • Insurance Companies
  • Transportation Companies
  • Industries using:
    • Transportation Companies
    • Logistics Companies
  • Industries in need of Counsel:
    • Defense of Personal Injury
    • Property Damage Related Claims and Suits

Specialty Areas

  • Insurance Coverage Consultation and Litigation
  • Cargo Claim Litigation Defense
  • Industry Specific Legal Services
  • Catastrophic Call Out Program for transportation and construction losses

Orleans Canty Novy, LLC represents self-insured entities in the defense of transportation, construction, and premises liability claims and suits. Additionally consultation is provided for risk management, commercial contract review and drafting, and other transactional work primarily related to the transportation and construction industries.


Awards of Excellence


Years of Experience


Cases Resolved

Orleans Canty Novy

65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1220
Chicago, IL 60601

847-625-8262 fax


Orleans Canty Novy, LLC’s practice areas draw from experience in the industries serviced and trusted relationships with clients, consultants, experts, and other attorneys throughout the country.  This focus on a diligent and civil manner, garners and maintains the respect of clients, attorneys, mediators, and Judges in the legal communities.


Jason Orleans works in the area of casualty defense, with an emphasis on transportation litigation, including the defense of cargo loss under the Carmack Amendment. Jason also has extensive experience defending construction and premises liability matters.

Bradley A. Bertkau

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

Steven M. Canty

Steven M. Canty represents both large and small corporations and individuals, as self-insureds and as insureds on behalf of insurance companies. Steve’s practice focuses on the defense of insureds and self-insureds with concentration in tort defense in all areas of construction litigation, transportation litigation, construction injury, construction defect litigation and insurance defense.

Laura P. Gordon

Laura P. Gordon gained substantial litigation experience while working as an associate attorney at a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm in Chicago. As a personal injury attorney, Laura successfully helped to resolve numerous claims on behalf of plaintiffs. Laura’s focus is now directed in the area of civil defense, with an emphasis on trucking and construction litigation.

Steven B.
Of Counsel

Steven B.Novy’s practice includes transportation, tort and insurance litigation in both Federal and State courts. Steve has written and lectured on subjects relating to his practice areas, including the topics of on-scene investigation, preparing drivers and transportation witnesses for litigation, as well as risk and claims management issues.

Carissa J.


Jack specializes his defense in civil defense litigation in defense of corporations and individuals. He handles cases in Illinois State Courts and the Northern District of Illinois in Federal Court. Prior to beginning at OCN, Jack practiced in employment law on the Plaintiff’s side specializing in employment
discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace.

Zachary Vojslavek


Orleans Canty Novy, LLC’s mission is to provide
service oriented,
result driven,
advocacy on behalf of clients, in a manner worthy of client

The aim is to provide thorough litigation and legal services, while at the same time, being mindful of the client’s litigation management requirements and budgetary concerns.  Additionally, Orleans Canty Novy, LLC’s partners, are active participants and leaders in industry organizations.

Orleans Canty Novy, LLC maintains an office in Chicago, Illinois and provides litigation services in both State and Federal Courts.

65 East Wacker Place • 1220, Chicago, IL 60601• 847-625-8200
• 847-625-8262 fax