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James R. Cruger

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Perkins Coie LLP

Jim Cruger, a partner in Perkins Coie’s national Private Equity practice, concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers, acquisitions, formation of private investment vehicles and joint ventures. Jim has represented numerous private equity funds and public companies in transactions during his 28 year career. Public company representation has included Deutsche Post DHL, Leggett & Platt (NYSE), Voyager Learning Company (NASDAQ) and Strategic Hotel Capital (NYSE). Fund representation has included SPO Partners, Intellectual Ventures, Wynnchurch Capital, LaSalle Capital, Code Hennessy & Simmons, Prospect Partners, Riverlake Equity Partners, Hilco Equity Partners, High Street Capital, Blue Point Equity Partners, and Explore Holdings.


  • Listed in Illinois "Leading Lawyers"
  • Listed in Illinois Law & Politics, "Super Lawyers"
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as "Leading Corporate M&A: Private Equity Lawyers", 2011 - present

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131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603-5559
Phone: 312-324-8657
Firm Phone: 312-324-8400

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Law
  • Venture Capital Law

Lawyer of the Year


  • Loras College (BA)
  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association — Member
  • American Bar Association — Member