What a year! It is hard to believe its already December again and I am sitting down to write another holiday message. 2018 has been filled with blessings for us at Liner Legal. A record number of client approvals for social security disability benefits, incredible growth in both our long-term disability and Deaf discrimination practice areas (thanks to the hard work of the seemingly tireless Andrew November), and—most importantly to me—continued positive feedback from our clients. This message is about reflection and giving thanks to everyone who has helped our office flourish these past 12 months (a long list indeed!), but it is also about sharing my appreciation for the praise we receive from our incredible clients and community partners on a daily basis because it is truly our hidden “bottom line.” Google and Facebook reviews from our clients with words of gratitude, as well as emotional calls and e-mails to me, Andrew and our amazing support staff make it abundantly clear that despite our growing size we continue to be friends and counselors to those we assist and not merely “lawyers”. Though gratitude won’t appear as a metric on any of our year-end balance sheets, it is what wakes us up every morning excited to continue doing the hard work of fighting for our clients. 2019 promises to be a year filled with new challenges. It is with mixed emotions that I announce on January 1 Liner Legal will be opening a satellite office in Youngstown to better serve our already substantial client base in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Our long-planned office opening unfortunately comes on the heels of the recent announcement by General Motors that it is considering closing its Lordstown plant next March, which could result in a loss of 1,600 jobs at the GM plant and by some estimates a total of 7,000-8,000 jobs across the Valley region, factoring in other businesses that rely on GM. While I certainly hope politicians and community leaders are successful in convincing GM to convert the plant to an alternative use to keep as many Valley citizens employed as possible, I also realize that Liner Legal will play an important role to the citizens of Youngstown, Warren and beyond who would be impacted by a large shake-up in the local economy. We are committed to doing everything we can for our new neighbors and are already beginning the work to build the toolkit of resources in Youngstown and Warren that we have become known for in Cleveland, Akron, and Canton. Wishing everyone joy this holiday season and a sweet start to 2019!