Chairman: Joel I Sher
President: William E Carlson
The companies and individuals who rely on Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler receive the close attention of deeply experienced attorneys. With offices in Baltimore and Washington, DC, the firm’s lawyers concentrate in banking, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights litigation, corporate law, civil litigation, insurance law, real estate, technology law, biotechnology law, and white-collar criminal defense. Since its founding in 1972 by Ronald M Shapiro, Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler has represented large corporations, emerging growth businesses, governments, non-profits, and individuals.
Main Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring:
The firm’s bankruptcy and financial restructuring department represents debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, and financial institutions in reorganization and bankruptcy proceedings, workouts, refinancings, and restructurings. The practice, headed by Joel I Sher, is enhanced by the firm’s robust capabilities in banking, real estate, corporate, and tax law, as well as litigation. Lawyers from multiple practice groups work in concert to help clients emerge from bankruptcy proceedings in strong financial condition. The firm’s efforts have consistently led to outstanding results for a variety of debtor and creditor clients.
Banking & Financial Services:
Chaired by Scott W Foley, the banking and financial services group represents regional banks, community banks, credit unions, insurance companies, pension funds, and other financial institutions in Maryland and throughout the Mid Atlantic. Because the group has extensive experience in the origination of loans and in workout situations, it is prepared to provide efficient representation at every stage in the commercial lending process.
Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler represents regional, national, and international clients and their officers, directors, and employees in commercial litigation. In complex commercial actions, the firm provides both the capacity to take cases to trial, as well as the experience necessary to resolve matters favorably in settlement or through arbitration or mediation. The litigation department, chaired by Paul Mark Sandler, is experienced in a variety of commercial disputes, including breach of contract claims, instruction cases, copyright infringement, professional liability, securities law claims, antitrust, and other areas.
Corporate & Securities:
The firm’s corporate attorneys represent a variety of clients ranging from large corporations to small privately-held entities. Headed by William E Carlson, the business law department has experience in finance, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, spin-offs, and reorganizations, and frequently works in the technology and life sciences sectors. It has worked with many financing mechanisms, including venture capital, issuance of high-yield debt instruments, debt and equity financing, and mezzanine financing. The firm represents clients in private sales of securities and serves as counsel to issuer companies in Reg. A and Maryland intra-state offerings. The group also provides ‘Maryland General Corporation Law’ guidance to out-of-state law firms.
Shapiro Sher’s employment practice, co-chaired by Eric R Harlan and Renée Lane-Kunz, handles all forms of employment litigation, including actions to enforce non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, claims alleging breach of employment agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, and violations of federal and state antidiscrimination laws. The firm also provides informed litigation avoidance counsel and assists companies in enacting policies that deter potential employment litigation.
Headed by Ann Clary Gordon, the firm’s real estate group is at the heart of major transactions throughout the Mid Atlantic. Major developers and commercial lenders turn to the firm for representation in all aspects of acquisitions and sales, development, leasing, real estate finance, property management, and joint ventures. On behalf of developers, the firm has helped bring about skyscrapers, office parks, mixed-use land development, shopping centers, apartment buildings, stand-alone build-to-suits, and commercial condominiums. In addition, the firm’s litigation department is experienced in the representation of construction and real estate clients, and can help resolve or avoid contractual disputes.
Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler’s insurance law group represents insurance companies, policyholders, risk-retention groups, and government agencies in complex insurance-litigation matters, as well as transactional and administrative insurance matters, at the federal and state level. Headed by Alex J Brown, a former Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel to the Maryland Insurance Administration, the group is experienced in all aspects of insurance law. Mr Brown has won numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts in insurance-related matters. His experience in both the private and public sector has enabled him to defend many companies facing an array of charges under complex Maryland insurance statutes, as well as to advise government agencies, including the Maryland Insurance Administration.
Inventors, start-ups, emerging businesses, and major corporations turn to Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler for guidance in a range of technology-related transactional matters. The firm advises science and technology companies on technology transfer, financing, research collaboration, employment issues, executive compensation, trade-secret regimens, nondisclosure agreements, and privacy strategies.
White-Collar Criminal Defense:
The firm’s litigation department represents private individuals and public officials in white-collar criminal cases, including those involving bribery, bank fraud, wire fraud, election law, environmental crimes, and RICO. The firm has successfully represented many individuals in high-stakes trials in state and federal courts.