Perkins Coie appoints partner

Perkins Coie has added Eric Bjorkman to the firm’s Boise office as a partner in the emerging companies and venture capital practice. Bjorkman rejoins Perkins Coie following a two year stint as general counsel and director of legal affairs at a health care consulting firm.


Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Eric Bjorkman has rejoined the firm’s Boise office as a partner in the Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice. Prior to spending two years as general counsel and director of legal affairs at a health care consulting firm, Bjorkman was a partner at Perkins Coie.

“We’re delighted to welcome Eric back to the firm,” said Bob Maynard, Office Managing Partner of the Perkins Coie Boise office. “His experience with emerging companies and his passion for helping them grow is a great fit for us, along with his work for larger enterprises. Additionally, his most recent in-house position provides him with some terrific insight into the healthcare industry.”

Bjorkman focuses his practice on emerging companies and business counseling. He has extensive experience representing start-up clients with respect to entity formation, governance, seed funding, working capital requirements and mergers and acquisitions. His healthcare experience includes both regulatory and transactional counsel involving independent physician practices, ambulatory surgical centers, hospitals, and health systems. Bjorkman advises in the areas of federal and state law compliant healthcare arrangements, including mergers and acquisitions, affiliations, joint ventures and other strategic transactions.

“Eric is an outstanding attorney with exceptional negotiation skills and strong client relationships in the startup and high-growth emerging companies sectors,” said Buddy Arnheim, chair of Perkins Coie’s Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice. “He is a consummate team player and will be an integral and valued member of both our local practice in Idaho and our national practice.”

Bjorkman earned his J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. He was ranked by Chambers USA among “America’s Leading Corporate/Commercial Lawyers” (2009 – 2011); listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2008, 2009 & 2011); honored by the Idaho Business Review as a recipient of the “Accomplished Under 40” award (2010) and has received the Idaho State Bar Denise O’Donnell-Day Pro Bono Award (2003).
Bjorkman is a member of many community organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho (Board of Directors, 2010 – present; Secretary 2014); Treasure Valley YMCA (Downtown Advisory Council, 2014); Kickstand, Inc. (Board of Directors, 2006 – 2012; Secretary, 2008 – 2012); the Idaho Technology Council (2010 – 2012, Finance Committee Member) and the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program (Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer, 1999 – Present).
Perkins Coie is a recognized leader in venture capital transactions, representing both companies seeking financing and venture capital firms seeking to invest. The firm is the only law firm headquartered north of San Francisco with a broad practice representing leading venture capital firms. Perkins Coie’s expansive network enables them to introduce clients to venture capital contacts, which, in turn, helps both the companies seeking funding and the venture capital firms seeking new investments.
Perkins Coie attorneys have handled thousands of venture capital deals. Representation of both emerging growth companies and venture capital firms provide broad and deep experience negotiating and closing financing transactions quickly and efficiently. As a full-service firm, Perkins Coie offers emerging growth companies counsel on a wide range of critical early-stage business activities, including structuring outsourcing arrangements, negotiating trade secret and non-compete agreements with employees, and developing key customer and vendor contracts.
About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 950 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent start-ups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.