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Michael Ariel Liner

Social Security & Disability Attorney at Cleveland, OH

4.8   39 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Social Security & Disability
    90%
    Assisting clients SSDI and SSI appeals before the SSA so they receive the benefits they are entitled to

    14 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Military law
    5%
    Representing disabled veterans in their pursuit of VA disability compensation

    11 years, 20 cases

  3. Workers compensation
    5%
    Assisting Ohio workers who have been injured receive their workers' compensation benefits

    14 years, 625 cases

Michael is proud to have been selected by his peers as one of the top Social Security Disability lawyers in Ohio under the age of 40. With a superior knowledge of the law, commitment to providing the best client service available, and a passion for tireless representation of his clients in their time of great need, Michael has helped his clients obtain millions of dollars in Social Security back benefits. 

After graduating from law school Michael cut his teeth at one of Ohio’s largest and most prestigious plaintiff’s firms, where he still serves in an “of counsel” role today. Although the primary focus of his practice today is on Social Security Disability, he also has experience practicing Ohio Workers' Compensation law. Michael has successfully represented more than a thousand claimants seeking Social Security Disability and Ohio Workers' Compensation benefits at all stages of litigation -- from the initial administrative process up through the State and Federal Court levels. He also regularly lectures to groups about Social Security Disability and Workers’ Compensation benefits, and his writing has been featured in the Bar Journal of The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and other legal publications.

If you are looking for smart, hard-nosed attorney representation, Michael would love to speak with you. Reach him by telephone at or e-mail at 

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Location

Liner Legal, LLC
4269 Pearl Road
Suite 104
Cleveland, OH, 44109
Liner Legal, LLC
12 East Exchange Street
6th Floor, Suite C
Akron, OH, 44308
Liner Legal, LLC
The Fulton Professional Building
2223 Fulton Rd. NW, Suite 107
Canton, OH, 44709
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  39 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2023
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Warriors!
I was just denied the first time& it will be a long road! Savannah is the best ever! Wouldn't know what to do without her! She has such patience, kindness & understanding. Love her!!!
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2021
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Best SSDI Attorney
Only took Michael Liner and his wonderful staff a little over a year to get me approved for SSDI. They were compassionate and understanding with any questions and concerns i had. I Thank them all for the wonderful help and results they gave me.
Posted by Don | October 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Social Security Disability
Mr. Liner and his team were excellent and a pleasure to work with. They got resolve very quickly and no issues.
Posted by Eileen | September 13, 2021
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Exceptional
Michael Liner is a top notch attorney you want on your side! Hands down a true professional! Clearly driven, knows the law & will fight for you! He & the entire staff made the process seem painless. They will be there for you every step of the way! All around exceptional service! I will be forever grateful for the positive outcome! Thank you & God Bless!
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Posted by Kimberly | July 13, 2021
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Finally
I've been applying for disability since 2003 always turned down I kept loosing jobs because of my disability I got referred to a well known attorney in mentor ohio and he promised me he would get it well after 2 years no finally I was given the name of liner legal I I didn't have high hopes as usual and was really waiting on another decline but Amy Rachel Ryan and especially Michael gave me hope called me every month or e-mailed anything I didn't understand which a lot they took the time and talked to me I really appreciate and have trust in them wish I would have known them 18 years ago to this day Liner still calls to check on me Bless you all for your help and extremely hard work during a pandemic
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Posted by Vivian | August 21, 2020
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Vivian Eulett
I contacted Mr. Liner. He came to my house for a consult with me and went over my case. He and His staff stayed in contact with me about my case and helped me figure out what to do. They all were very prompt and professional.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2020
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Excellent
Attorney Liner got me my disability after being denied by Social Security. Attorney Liner and his entire staff are excellent, they truly are the Disability Warriors.
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
He Changed Our Lives
Michael is honest, professional, and down to earth. I had been denied disability twice, when I was trying to get it by myself. I hired Michael and received a fully favorable decision on my third, and final, try. My wife and I will have a better life, now. It was a pleasure to work with everybody at Liner Legal. They are helpful, courteous, and polite. Calls are returned in a timely manner. As if this isn't enough, Michael is heavily involved in philanthropy and donates money and time to worthy causes. He is an excellent lawyer and an excellent human being!
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Posted by ANTHONY | December 6, 2019
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TRULY REMARKABLE
I couldn't believe Social Security denied my claim after viewing my medical issues. I researched countless attorneys in my area, but didn't feel a connection would be made, so I didn't reach out to any of them; so happy I didn't! Out of no where, Michael's contact appeared in my search. I recognize the contact was out of my local area, but I did an overview of his success (Impressed), and I sent him a request to contact me. I wasn't looking for an immediate response because it was far beyond normal working hours. He responded almost instantaneously (Impressive). We scheduled a meeting, and everything felt right during the conversation (Impressive). The meeting was very punctual, informative, and professional (Impressive). Long story short, the conversation yielded the possibility of a long process. Luckily, the appeal process was much shorter than expected (Impressive), and the decision was made in favor of my request (Impressive). Michael and his team of professionals was the best throughout the entire process (Impressive). I my opinion the whole team is, " The GOAT". I AM ABSOLUTELY SURE!!!! MANY OTHERS HAVE AND WILL HAVE THE SAME PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE WITH MICHAEL AND HIS TEAM.
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Posted by Rebecca | September 25, 2019
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Actually Cares, Accommodating, and Worth It
I got his number from a counselor, and was highly recommended. I have severe agoraphobia amongst other mental illnesses. He was understanding and went out of his way to make me comfortable throughout the process, and even came to my home so I didn't have to leave my house to speak with him. His staff is also very understanding, caring, knowledgeable, and keeps you updated every step of the way. They are easy to contact, the majority of the times I called, someone actually answered the phone. The few times someone didn't, my calls were always promptly returned. He managed to get me approved in a matter of a few months. I was told it it could take way longer, even a year or more, nope. I didn't have to go to a courtroom, do the math on his fee, barley anything. All I had to do was sign some papers giving him access to my medical history, and he took care of the rest. I seriously can't recommend this man enough.
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Posted by Christy | September 23, 2019
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Very Helpful and Thorough
I was recently awarded a fully favorable decision for SSDI and SSI. Without Michael's help, I would have been lost. I had no idea what steps to take nor what questions to ask. With his representation, I felt at ease and confident in his ability to represent me. I highly recommend his services to anyone looking for an attorney who deals with social security.
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Posted by Jesus | April 20, 2019
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SSDI
I tried to apply for SS benefits but have been denied. So I decided to call Liner Legal for help with my process. My lawyer Atty. Andrew November with Liner legal did a very good job of representing my case to the ALJ. I have been awarded a FULLY FAVORABLE judgement. I would not have happened if it were not for Liner Legal. Thank you very much. They are a very nice and helpful legal team. I will recommend Liner Legal to my friends for legal help.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2019
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My Ssdi
Excellent and compassionate. God bless this firm. I am 58 and obtained approval in 8 months. Such a relief. I have recommended a client to him already.
Posted by Bri | June 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Epitome of Excellence
Michael Liner and his staff, I worked with Catherine Skalla, are the epitome of excellence. I always received prompt and compassionate responses to all of my questions. After my initial conversation with Micheal I felt optimistic and hopeful for the first time. I had a difficult case which I know I would not have won without Micheal and his staff’s assistance. Micheal is a talented and excellent attorney who took the time to understand me as a person and my case.
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Posted by Greg | March 5, 2018
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The BEST Social Security Attorney in Ohio
Michael came to my house,(most attorneys don't) and explained everything in detail to me on how the process works. He was very professional, and well mannered. He always returned my phone calls and answered all my questions. He told me what my chances were of winning, and he was right. In 3 months I was approved for SSDI With 15 months of back pay. I could not believe it. 3 MONTHS.
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2018
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Totally Impressed
I have to say, I am so proud to be giving this review of Atty Michael Liner of Liner Legal, LLC. I don't impress easily, and have had an impression of lawyers, like I do doctors...not so good. Before I met Atty Liner, I'd recently visited an attorney for representation of my SSDI case. After being denied twice, reaching the ALJ level with my case, and visiting the initial attorney (who left me feeling unworthy, and belittled), I felt I was fighting a losing battle. It was so disheartening, and I was so afraid. I didn't know what I would do, because one thing was certain above all else; due to my debilitating condition, I absolutely could not work anymore. Then, I received a recommendation to consult Atty Michael Liner. When I first contacted him, I was impressed with not only the time he responded, but the fact that he was willing to meet me at my home. When I discussed my case with him, and told him of my experience with the previous Atty I'd visited, he said to me, "I'm going to be honest with you; I think you can win your case; if I didn't think so, I would tell you". Well, 5 mos s/p Atty Liner representing me in at the ALJ level, I finally received a fully favorable disability decision from the Judge this past Dec. 2017. It was a battle that almost took me out, and by the grace of God, who had to have put me on the path to Atty Liner, God granted me the victory!! So every word I say here is true, true.... I have never been more impressed (it's hard to impress me) with a law firm as Liner Legal, LLC. They truly stand behind every single word they say about themselves...every single word! The always responded to my calls within the utmost time, and efficiency; they are highly professional and knowledgeable! AND!..... kind!, considerate!, and always patient with me when/if I didn't understand something. It's hard to get all of these qualities in a law firm (and many other businesses these days)...especially when you're disparaged, and experiencing major life changing events due to illness and loss of income. I thank God for you Michael Liner, and will continuously pray for the continued success of you, and Liner Legal, LLC. "We" need more like you. Thank you!!
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Posted by Mary | October 4, 2017
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Highly Recommended
Michael Liner & staff are all very supportive, efficient & knoweldgeable! Atty. Liner himself always responded quickly and with thorough explanations. My work on my case became virtually non-existent & stress-free after I contacted him. Admittedly, I was dubious when I first called, but his firm proved itself above and beyond - something extremely rare these days.
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Posted by Jim | October 2, 2017
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Change your opinion of lawyers...
Michael is professional, bright, funny, cordial, sympathetic in a real way, and knows the system. If you have dealt with Social Security, you know how bad it can be. If not, stop now and call Michael. It is a long arduous process, even with an attorney. With his help I won my SSDI case. I truly don't believe I would have won without him. I had a good legitimate case, but not a cut and dry one. Even if I wouldn't have won, I feel that Michael was doing all that could be done to win it. He always answered my questions promptly and courteously, no matter how often or uninformed they were. He was always positive but not unrealistic with me, and was prepared to take this as far as it could go. He is not like any attorney I have ever dealt with. It was like dealing with friend. I signed up. No regrets.
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Posted by jonathan antenucci | July 17, 2017
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If You Have A Difficult Disability Case, You Need Michael Liner
After finding Michael here, I hired him to help my disabled brother appeal the Social Security Administration's finding that he wasn't disabled, and it was one of the best decisions I've made. Michael lives up to all the 5 star ratings he's received here. When I met with Michael in person, I could tell immediately he takes each case seriously and provides his services for the right reasons. He gets straight to the point and doesn't waste your time or give you false expectations. My brother's disability is due to a complex illness that makes it hard to medically prove he's disabled, so I had my doubts that Michael and his staff would win the court case, but he proved my doubts wrong. I'm highly confident that just about any other attorney would have lost this case!
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Posted by Raymond | June 5, 2017
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Unparalleled Legal Services
Micheal took over my Social Security Disability case after the original firm I had hired made a complete and utter mess of my application and filing. Their mistakes led to my application being denied. Once I was notified of the denial I contacted Michael and he met with me at my home, reviewed my case and explained to me exactly what had been done wrong and how it should be addressed. He gave me straight forward, factual information regarding my claim and answered all my questions as to how we should proceed. Once he took over the case it was just a matter of days before his staff was contacting me for information and they in turn were gathering the appropriate records that were needed for the appeal and to get things moving in the right direction. The associates on Michael's staff were very professional and courteous as well as expedient in everything they did for me. And if I had any questions either one of his staff members or Michael was always there to answer them. Things proceeded just as Michael had informed me they would and my hearing occurred within three weeks of when he stated it should be. Michael was with me at the hearing and handled everything other than the questions that the judge directed specifically to me. After the hearing he gave me his opinion of how the felt things had gone and a gave me a time frame as to when he felt we should hear something. Towards the end of that time frame we were notified that my application had been approved. Had it not been for Michael taking over my case and rectifying the problems that had been created by the previous law firm I would never have gotten my disability approved. Michael and his staff truly care about their clients and work diligently to get them the results they deserve. I would recommend Michael Liner and Liner Legal LLC to anyone that is filing a Social Security Disability claim or has been declined benefits and are going to appeal. Michael knows the law and truly works for his clients and that is hard to find in today's world. Thank your Michael.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Liner Legal, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., Lpa
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., Lpa
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Zashin & Rich Co., L.P.A.
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Summer Associate
  • McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co LPA
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Confidential
  • Outright Award
  • Confidential
  • Magistrate granted Writ of Mandamus
  • Confidential
  • Federal Court remanded case to ALJ for another hearing

Associations

  • MetroHealth N.E.T.
  • Associate Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Hispanic Alliance, Inc
  • Individual Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Parma Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Accredited
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • New Media Committee Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United State District Court for Northern District of Ohio
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society
  • National Pledgor
  • 2007 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Case Western Reserve University Journal of Law, Technology and the Internet
  • Senior Editor
  • 2009 - 2010
  • University of Michigan, Kinesiology Student Government
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Hebrew
  • Arabic
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Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2014
  • Superb Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Outstanding Service Award to Hispanic Community
  • Spanish American Committee
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Litigation Concentration Certificate
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • 2010
  • Graduation Speaker
  • University of Michigan
  • 2007
  • University of Michigan Leadership Award
  • University of Michigan
  • 2006
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Publications

  • Detroit Legal News
  • Comment
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Benefits Specialists
  • Nuts and Bolts of Social Security Disability
  • 2014
  • Entitlements Specialists
  • Nuts and Bolts of Social Security Disability
  • 2013
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Nuts and Bolts of Social Security Disability
  • 2013
  • Benefits Staff
  • Nuts and Bolts of Social Security Disability
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (14)
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Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Liner is the type of lawyer who is dedicated to clients' success--you want him on your side."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a fantastic lawyer and mentor. He is highly responsive, driven, and committed to his clients. He is also passionate about his practice and being an advocate. I would highly recommend hiring Michael."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable, really cares about his clients and adds much more value than just legal representation."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer in the social security practice area. Attorney Liner is a strong advocate for those in need of an attorney who will fight for them in their claims for social security benefits."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is the preeminent disability attorney in northern Ohio. He's passionate, skilled, and experienced. I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Liner is a hardworking, client-centered attorney with a long track record of success and a sterling reputation in his field."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my honor to give Mr. Liner my highest recommendations. He is a highly skilled attorney, especially with social security cases. He is very knowledgable and has one of the most client centered offices I know of. Keeps his clients informed and gets excellent results. He is the lawyer that other lawyers refer their cases to, he is that good."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In my conversations with Ari, I find he is very knowledgable in social security matters. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Liner is an attorney who works hard for his clients. He is prominent social security disability attorney that practices in Ohio."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael Liner as a social security disability attorney."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer in the social security disability practice area. He works hard for his clients."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael Liner as a strong social security disability attorney. He has the skills to get the job done."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Michael Liner is someone who works for his clients. I endorse him in the social security disability practice area."
Social Security & Disability Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Michael Liner as a true professional in the legal field and as a strong social security disability lawyer."
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