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James D. Gradel

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Perkins Coie LLP

James Gradel, a partner in the firm's Commercial Finance and Real Estate Finance practices, has more than 25 years of experience representing institutional and private lenders and borrowers in secured and unsecured debt financing transactions. He focuses his practice on senior and mezzanine financing of leveraged buyouts, construction and permanent real estate loans, multilender loan syndications and participations, intercreditor transactions, high yield note offerings, credit enhanced bond financing, and securitization of trade receivables, consumer loans and other assets. 

Jim represents clients in a wide range of industries, including energy, telecommunications, cable television, radio and television broadcasting, hospitality, manufacturing, timber, assisted living, retail and technology. His representative clients include Outerwall Inc. and U.S. Bank.


  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, "Washington's Super Lawyers," 2007 - Present
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as "America's Leading Real Estate Lawyers," 2012 - 2013

Client Comments

  • "Jim has always been very responsive, makes sure all the details are complete, and looks out for the bank's interest."

    Byron Richards

    U.S. Bank National Association

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1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: 206-359-8401
Firm Phone: 206-359-8000

Practice Areas

  • Banking and Finance Law (Acquisition Finance, Commercial Finance, Loan Documentation, Real Estate)


  • University of Cincinnati (BBA)
  • Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Association — Member
  • King County Bar Association — Member