Shapiro Sher expands banking and financial services group


Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler announced June 12 it hired Joseph A. Pulver, a 2008 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Baltimore Law School who also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business. Prior to joining the firm, Pulver practiced for four years with another Maryland firm, primarily providing legal services to financial institutions and capital finance companies.

Pulver will now serve as an associate in Shapiro Sher’s banking and financial services group, as well as its bankruptcy and financial restructuring group. His experience includes representing lenders in commercial loan workouts, restructurings and loan originations, as well as advising clients in a variety of complex business disputes and bankruptcy cases.

Pulver earned his M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Baltimore in a three-year period. In that time, he served on the University of Baltimore Law Review and as a judicial intern in the Maryland Court of Appeals and the Circuit Court for Howard County. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business, in 2005.

In addition to practicing law at Shapiro Sher, Pulver also serves as secretary of Hero Dogs, Inc., a Maryland nonprofit that raises, trains and places service dogs with injured or disabled U.S. military veterans.

Scott W. Foley and K. Lee Riley, co-chairs of Shapiro Sher’s Banking and Financial Services Group, said Pulver’s hiring is part of an overall expansion of the practice group, which last month began publishing a monthly newsletter, The Banking and Financial Services Report, for the lending community.

“Joe’s experience in the banking industry, combined with his strong business background, make him an ideal fit for our practice group and valuable to our clients,” said Foley. “We are pleased to have him aboard.”

Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler is based in Baltimore, Md., with an additional office in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1972, the Firm is nationally known for its practices in business law, banking and finance, litigation, bankruptcy, and creditors’ rights. Last year it was named the Top Mid-sized Law Firm in Maryland for Business and Transactions by Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters. Additionally, the 2012 edition of Chambers USA ranks Shapiro Sher among the leading three firms for bankruptcy litigation in Maryland.

Source: Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler