James R. "Jim" Cruger

James R. "Jim" Cruger

Perkins Coie LLP

Recognized since 2008

Chicago, Illinois

Practice Areas

Venture Capital Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Venture Capital Law
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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.


  • 110 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3400
    Chicago, IL 60606


  • Loras College, BA

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Chicago Bar Association - Member

Perkins Coie LLP
Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

263 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

88 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Venture Capital Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Venture Capital Law, Chicago (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Venture Capital Law


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

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