June 12, 2012

Shapiro Sher expands Banking & Financial Services Group with new hire

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, joins the firm's Banking & Financial Services Group as an associate.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pulver practiced for four years with another Maryland firm, primarily providing legal services to financial institutions and capital finance companies.

Mr. 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.

Mr. 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, Mr. Pulver also serves as Secretary of Hero Dogs, Inc., a Maryland non-profit 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 the hiring of Mr. Pulver 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 Mr. Foley. “We are pleased to have him aboard.”