James D’Cruz is a litigation associate in the Dallas office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. James has extensive trial experience through his time as a prosecutor for the State of Florida and as a Reserve JAG for the United States Army. He works on a broad range of corporate litigation matters.


Thought Leadership


Co-Author with Captain Evan M. FitzGerald and Lieutenant Colonel Temidayo L. Anderson, "A Hybrid Learning Model: Best Legal Learning Practices from TJAGLCS to the Field," Army Law, Issue 2, p. 61, 2021 

“Half-Cocked: The Regulatory Framework of Short-Barrel Firearms,” 40 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 493, April 11, 2017

“The Kansas City Shuffle: Arguing Jus in Bellum When Everyone is Looking to the Jus in Bello,” Harvard National Security & Law Ass'n Blog, March 23, 2017

“The Gamble That Isn't: Trump's Ability to Detain Members of ISIL,” Harvard National Security & Law Ass'n Blog, March 3, 2017

“What the Founders Would Actually Say About "Assault Weapons,” The Harvard Law Record, February 22, 2016


Distinguished Honor Graduate of the DCC, Echo Company, 3d Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, United States Army 2020

Memberships & Affiliations

Orange County Bar Association

Florida Bar Association


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2021Texas
  • 2017Florida


  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas


  • Harvard Law SchoolJ.D.2017

    Executive Operations Chair, Harvard Business Law Review

    Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 

    President of Texas Club

  • Florida International UniversityB.A., International Relations & Political Sciencemagna cum laude2014

    National Security Certificate 

    Speaker Pro-Tempore of Student Senate