Baltimore Office
250 West Pratt Street
Suite 2000
Baltimore, MD 21201 410.385.0202

Washington Office
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005 202.331.0200



About the Firm

A Tradition of Excellence

At Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, our success is driven by a fundamental belief: the companies and individuals who place their trust in us deserve the close attention of deeply experienced attorneys. That’s why we bring senior talent to bear on every matter. In all areas of bankruptcy, business law, and litigation, the strategies we provide are planned and executed by attorneys practicing at the top of their profession.

When you hire Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, you get an efficient team gifted with the ingenuity and foresight that only come with years of hard-fought accomplishment. We pride ourselves in our ability to do more with a select group than our competition manages with large cadres of lawyers.

With offices in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the Firm’s attorneys have earned reputations that reach well beyond the Mid Atlantic region. Our business lawyers are at the heart of major transactions in all industry sectors across the country and abroad. Our litigators serve as counsel in cases of national consequence, and our bankruptcy practice is international in scope.

Since our founding in 1972 by Ronald M. Shapiro, the Firm has provided invaluable representation to Fortune 100 corporations, emerging growth businesses, governments, non-profits, and individuals. An unusually large proportion of our attorneys are regularly cited in publications devoted to identifying top legal talent. We are well represented in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America®, and Maryland Super Lawyers®.

Additionally, more than half of our lawyers have been granted Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 rating, the highest rating given and a reflection of their preeminence in the field of law. Martindale-Hubbell ratings are based on confidential peer reviews from members of the Bar and the Judiciary.

Sophisticated buyers of legal services know that such laurels provide limited information. Of greater importance are attorneys’ proven accomplishments for their clients, and their capabilities to handle the given challenge. We submit that the citations are but one indicator of what we have done and can do for the clients who place their trust in us.

For more information about our practice areas and attorneys, please contact Firm President William E. Carlson at


Quick Facts

Founded in 1972

The Firm's core departments—Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring, Business Law, and Litigation—serve clients across all industry sectors, around the country and abroad.

Joel I. Sher is Chairman of the Firm and Head of the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Department.

William E. Carlson is President of the Firm and Head of the Business Law Department.

The Firm and its attorneys are cited in numerous publications devoted to listing outstanding providers of legal services, including Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA and Super Lawyers®, a division of Thomson Reuters.

For the past four years, Super Lawyers® has named the Firm the "Top Mid-Size Law Firm in Maryland for Business and Transactions." 

More than half of the Firm's lawyers have been granted Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent 5.0 rating.