The Real Deal reports

Liner LLP, the law firm guiding Harridge Development Group through the land use process on its $1 billion Crossroads of the World redevelopment is facing its own mega-project – merging with global law firm DLA Piper. 

DLA Piper announced Thursday that it will acquire the Los Angeles-based firm and move 60 Liner lawyers into its Century City office at 2000 Avenue of the Stars and its Downtown L.A. location at 550 S. Hope Street. The merger is expected to close in October. 

Liner currently leases nearly 40,000 square feet of space at 11000 Glendon Avenue in Westwood and 13,000 square feet at the U.S. Bank Tower in DTLA.

The firm’s leases will expire early next year and it will move into DLA Piper’s spaces, according to Stuart Liner, co-founder and managing partner of the firm.

The deal will help strengthen its practice in areas such as M&A, private equity, finance, infrastructure and sports, Liner said. Liner’s partners will have major leadership roles in the Los Angeles offices of DLA, Roger Meltzer, DLA’s global co-chairman and co-chairman for the Americas, said in a statement.

It has a third office in New York, but it’s unclear what will happen to that location. 

Liner, founded in 1996, is well-rooted in the real estate world. It has represented the developers of some of the largest mixed-use properties in the County, including Clarion Partners. The company said there will be no changes to its roster of clients.  

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