Brian J. Crump


Brian is a partner in the firm’s Corporate & Securities group. His practice focuses on venture and financing transactions, private equity buyouts and startup and early-stage businesses. Brian also advises clients across a wide array of industries regarding cannabis, M&A, corporate restructuring, business and strategic transactions and asset dispositions. He has advised public and private clients on formation, financing, sales and strategic acquisitions.

In 2019, Brian co-founded Chicago Early Growth Ventures, a Chicago-based angel investing group. Before he became a lawyer, Brian was a licensed real estate broker, commercial property manager and part of the founding team that opened 1871, Chicago’s technology incubator that supports early-stage, growth-stage and innovative enterprises. Clients rely on Brian’s practical approach to making business decisions within a legal construct and his understanding of the legal and market nuances that affect the success of startups and high-growth companies. They trust him to help them identify legal and strategic goals and to assist them with finding reasonable, efficient and effective methods for attaining them.

Brian was formerly with the Startups & Emerging Growth Companies group at Much Shelist. Brian gives back to the community by volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and as an associate board member of Culinary Care, a nonprofit focused on providing meals to cancer patients and their families during treatment.

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