Steven B. Novy

Steve’s practice includes transportation, tort and insurance litigation in both Federal and State courts. He 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. Steve is an Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association and for Mandatory Court Annexed Arbitration Program for the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit.

With over 30 years of practice, Steve has represented both large and small businesses and individuals, as self insured’s and as insured’s on behalf of insurance companies and captives. The focus of his practice is complex civil litigation, casualty defense and trial practice primarily in the areas of transportation and construction. He acts as national and regional counsel for major insurance companies nationwide. He is licensed to practice in both Illinois and Wisconsin on the state and federal levels. He is a member of the federal trial bars in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.

In addition to his litigation experience, Steve frequently publishes and lectures nationwide to insurance companies, businesses, industry organizations and other groups on subjects relating to his practice areas. He is annual guest lecturer at the University of Denver, Strum School of law. Steve has been the Co-Chair of the Annual Chicago Seminar for the Transportation Lawyers Association since 1994. He is currently the President of the Transportation Lawyers’ Association (TLA), after having recently served as the 2nd VP and Secretary/Treasurer. Steve is active in numerous defense organizations.


Practice Areas

  • Appellate and Legal Issues
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • General Negligence
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Premises Liability
  • Transportation
Bar Admissions
  • State of Illinois (1973)
  • State of Wisconsin (1984)
  • Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
Professional Affiliations
  • American Trucking Association Litigation Center
  • Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy
  • Canadian Transport Lawyers Association
  • Conference of Freight Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Defense Counsel
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
Honors and Awards
  • America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators 2020 and 2021
  • Distinguished Service Award from the Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer and listed among Illinois Top Lawyers in Transportation Defense and General Personal Injury by Leading Lawyers Network Law Bulletin Publishing Company, from 2005 to present
  • Illinois Super Lawyer in Transportation Litigation, Chicago Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine, from 1995 to present
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • The Meritorious Service Award from the American Heart Association
  • J.D., University of Notre Dame, 1973
  • International Association of Defense Counsel-Defense Counsel Trial Academy, 1978
  • University of Illinois, 1970