For over a decade, it has been my privilege to write this annual year-end note to our clients and friends on behalf of our firm. In doing so this year, I am reminded this is now the third consecutive time I've written with the shadow of the "Great Recession" on all our minds.
Despite these challenging times, my partners and our entire firm have again viewed this past year as an opportunity and not a justification to stand still or retrench. We have continued to invest in our future, as demonstrated by the recently completed expansion and renovation of our Atlanta office.
We also have been fortunate to attract outstanding lawyers like Bobby Baker who soon will join us as a Partner when he completes his term on the Georgia Public Service Commission. Those who follow Georgia government know well Bobby's reputation as a bright and innovative public official, with an unmatched reputation for integrity. Georgia has rarely seen a more capable statewide leader, and we are very fortunate Bobby chose to join our team.
This year, our lawyers and practice groups again received recognition by independent organizations such as US News, Chambers, Benchmark and Super Lawyers. I am proud to say that every partner in our firm was recognized by at least one of the major services as among the elite attorneys in their respective practices. In addition, our lawyers and staff continue their active involvement with many civic, charitable and professional groups. One recognition that bears special mention is the Corporate Excellence Award given to our firm by the United Way in recognition of our support, including our 100% participation rate for employee contributions. This honor truly resulted from the collective efforts of everyone here at FMG.
Finally, as we do each year, we want to say "thanks" to you, our clients. We never take lightly that you entrust us with your legal matters, and we strive every day to continue to deserve the trust you place in us as your lawyers.
On behalf of everyone at FMG, we are thankful to be your attorneys. We wish you and your families a healthy and prosperous Holiday Season and New Year.