Fast-growing and entrepreneurial powerhouse Liner LLP recently added laterals from Milbank Tweed, one of New York’s oldest top-tier firms, to supplement the firepower of its already-strong cadre of litigators. Partner Delilah Vinzon and her team became intrigued after Joe O’Hara, Vinzon’s friend and of counsel attorney at Liner, recounted the firm’s interest in adding other top-drawer trial lawyers to join forces with partner Angela Agrusa.
Agrusa is renowned as one of the most meticulous and strategic litigators in California and is consistently ranked among the Top Women Lawyers and Top 100 Lawyers in California, among other accolades. After two months of trial, she recently settled a $2.3 billion case against the State of California for $24 million. Earlier this year, Agrusa was tapped to replace Quinn Emmanuel and Holland & Knight as Bill Cosby’s lead defense counsel in the nationwide civil lawsuits against the entertainer.
Vinzon is well regarded in her own right, trying complex financial litigation cases and most recently representing BMI in the battle over Sly Stone’s royalties. Prior to joining Liner, the bulk of Vinzon’s career was spent at Milbank, where she honed her skills alongside mentors and standout litigators including Dan Perry, Linda Dakin-Grimm and the late Michael Diamond.
Once Vinzon and Agrusa met, their chemistry and mutual connections were obvious. “Angela is known for her insightful and zealous resolution of complex legal challenges,” said Vinzon. “Her work is groundbreaking and I’m gratified to be joining forces with her at Liner. The firm is very entrepreneurial and I’m excited to join such an energized group of lawyers doing innovative things.”
In addition to Vinzon and Agrusa, Liner’s ranks of legendary litigators include entertainment and media stalwarts Larry Stein and Larry Feldman, as well as Kirk Pasich, the industry-leading insurance recovery maven with deep experience in the entertainment arena. (Update: Liner LLP also recently announced two more additions to the litigation team.)
Senior counsel Ashlee Lin and associate Ryan Austin are also joining Liner from Milbank. “They are some of the best associates I’ve ever worked with,” said Vinzon, noting that they are smart, practical, and “practice well beyond their years. The environment and energy of Liner will give them great opportunities to grow.”
Regarding Liner’s fortunes, Stuart Liner said, “We’ve accelerated our growth in the last two years. The laterals, clients, and cases we’ve brought in recently are a testament to how we’re perceived. Our market share is growing well beyond what might be expected of a 70-lawyer firm, and we are thriving as a result of our entrepreneurial spirit, nimbleness, and appetite for risk. We think we offer the best and most-talented laterals, such as Delilah and her team, an enticing environment—very different from most AmLaw 100 firms—in which to practice their craft and reap the concomitant rewards.”