Attorney Profile

Joseph A. Pulver is a Partner in Shapiro Sher’s Banking & Financial Services Group. Mr. Pulver primarily acts as counsel to lenders and financial institutions in connection with commercial loan workouts and restructurings. He works with his lender clients to identify the landscape and potential pitfalls of their troubled and at-risk assets in order to help craft practical and viable strategies for liquidation, litigation and recovery.

Mr. Pulver also provides advice and litigates on behalf of his clients in state and federal courts on a variety of business and bankruptcy issues ranging from borrower fraud, fraudulent transfers, title claims, lender-liability defense, and state and federal regulatory compliance issues.

His practice also includes acting as counsel to lenders, developers and business owners in connection with a variety of C&I and real-estate financing transactions, including traditional acquisition, development, construction, and permanent loans, as well as specialty SBA 7(a) and 504 financing. Mr. Pulver's experience with workouts and litigation allows him to provide unique perspectives on loan deals and to recognize and resolve potentially costly issues prior to closing.

Mr. Pulver earned his M.B.A. and J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Baltimore in a three-year period. During that time, he was a Dean’s Scholar, was inducted to the Heuisler Honor Society, and served on the University of Baltimore Law Review. He also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Clayton Greene, Jr. of the Maryland Court of Appeals and for the Honorable Louis Becker of the Circuit Court for Howard County.

Mr. Pulver is an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association and a fellow in the 2014-15 Leadership Academy, where he was instrumental in creating and organizing the first ever Pro Bono Small Business Bootcamp. He is also active with the Bar Association of Baltimore City Young Lawyers and Business Litigation committees and acted as President of the Young Lawyers Roundtable for 2013-14.

Mr. Pulver has served on the Executive Committee of the Lawyers Campaign Against Hunger and as Secretary of Hero Dogs, Inc., a Maryland non-profit corporation that raises, trains, and places service dogs with injured or disabled U.S. military veterans.


  • Fellow, MSBA Leadership Academy 2014-15 Class
  • Member at Large, Bar Association of Baltimore City Young Lawyers (2015 - present)
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • University of Baltimore Law Review
  • Member, Executive Committee, Lawyers Campaign Against Hunger (2011 - 2015)
  • Secretary and Member of Board of Directors, Hero Dogs, Inc. (2009 - 2012)

News & Publications

December 19, 2017
Maryland Super Lawyers Recognizes Twelve Shapiro Sher Attorneys

December 15, 2015
Maryland Super Lawyers 2016 list includes 12 Shapiro Sher attorneys

Eleven Shapiro Sher attorneys are cited in Maryland Super Lawyers 2016

June 17, 2015
Pulver moderates panel: "Forensic Accounting for Business Litigators"

Joseph A. Pulver led a discussion on forensic accounting hosted by the Bar Association of Baltimore City.

February 27, 2015
Lenders: How to plan for an SBA 7(a) loan liquidation

Read the Winter 2015 Banking & Financial Services newsletter.

January 23, 2015
Maryland Super Lawyers 2015 list includes 14 Shapiro Sher attorneys

​Fourteen Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler are cited in Maryland Super Lawyers 2015, including one attorney listed as a Top 10 Maryland lawyer, two listed in the Top 100, and four “Rising Stars.”

August 18, 2014
"Understanding the Liquidation Value of Membership Interests in LLCs"

The Banking and Financial Services Report for Summer 2014 focuses on what lenders should consider before entering into a lending relationship.

December 31, 2013
Seventeen SSG&S Attorneys Included in Maryland Super Lawyers 2014

The new Maryland Super Lawyers list, just published by Thomson Reuters, names nearly all of the Firm's attorneys, including four lawyers identified as “Rising Stars” of the legal community.

December 20, 2012
Banking & Financial Services Report, December 2012

Read Shapiro Sher's Banking & Financial Services Report for December 2012.

November 02, 2012
Banking & Financial Services Report, November 2012

Read the latest Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler Banking & Financial Services Report.