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News & Publications

Why do adverbs find their way into so many court cases?


In his blog, The Art of Advocacy, Paul Mark Sandler writes about the increasing use of adverbs in trial, following a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal about the much-maligned part of speech. 

Maryland Daily Record profiles Shapiro Sher's Renée Lane-Kunz


Renée Lane-Kunz is featured in an article titled, "The practice & the practical: Shapiro Sher COO puts business background to use for firm and clients," in today's Maryland Daily Record.

The UK versus the US: Paul Mark Sandler moderates mock trial in London


Paul Mark Sandler served as moderator at a program in London titled "Trial Practices and Tactics in England and the United States." The program featured a mock trial in which the plaintiff was represented by members of the Distinguished Barristers of England and Wales, and the defendant was represented by Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Sandler is a Fellow of the ACTL.  

Matthew Esworthy speaks at the IMLA Annual Conference on cybercrime and local government


Shapiro Sher partner Matthew Esworthy was a featured speaker at the International Municipal Lawyers Association's 79th Annual Conference, on the topic of cybercrime at the local-government level. As his special guest, Mr. Esworthy presented FBI Special Agent Daniel Gray of the FBI's Baltimore Field Office.

"Best Lawyers in America 2015" includes seven Shapiro Sher attorneys, two of whom are cited as "Lawyers of the Year"


Seven attorneys at Shapiro Sher have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 with two of the seven identified as Baltimore Lawyers of the Year: Shapiro Sher Chair and Bankruptcy Group head Joel I. Sher and Paul Mark Sandler, head of the Firm's Litigation Group. 

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WSJ: Thornburg trustee reaches deal with Barclays


Barclays Capital, Inc., offers to pay $23 million to settle claims brought by Joel I. Sher, the court-appointed trustee overseeing the liquidation of TMST, Inc., formerly known as Thornburg Mortgage, the Wall Street Journal reports.  

Esworthy named to Penn State Alumni Council


Shapiro Sher partner Matthew Esworthy has been named to the 2014-2015 Penn State Alumni Council, the largest alumni association in the United States. Mr. Esworthy also serves as President of the Penn State Law School Alumni Association.

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"Understanding the Liquidation Value of Membership Interests in LLCs"


Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler's Banking and Financial Services Report for Summer 2014 focuses on what lenders should consider before entering into a lending relationship with a borrower or guarantor who has a membership interest in an LLC. Click here for the full report.

Barclays Capital's summary judgement request denied, in litigation brought against Barclays by TMST trustee Joel I. Sher


Barclays Capital's motion for summary judgement was denied by the US District Court in Maryland, in litigation brought against Barclays by TMST trustee and Shapiro Sher partner, Joel I. Sher. Law360 reported on this latest development in the long-running case.

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Matthew Esworthy appointed to ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force


Shapiro Sher partner Matthew Esworthy has been appointed to the American Bar Association's Cybersecurity Legal Task Force for a one-year term beginning in August 2014.

Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler Signs Lease for New Home at 250 West Pratt Street


The Firm announced today that it is moving to 250 West Pratt Street, the landmark office building owned by TIER REIT, Inc., located near Camden Yards. The Firm has entered a lease agreement for the entire twentieth floor of the premier address and plans to relocate in December 2014.

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Mayor honors Shapiro Sher for Firehouse Renovation Project


Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler was honored today by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore City Fire Department for the Firm's participation in the City's Firehouse Renovation Project.

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Books Published

Perfecting Your Pitch: How to Succeed in Business and in Life by Finding Words That Work, by Ronald M. Shapiro and Jeff Barker (Hudson Street Press, 2013)

Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice, Larry S. Gibson (Prometheus Books, 2012)

Anatomy of a Trial: A Handbook for Young Lawyers, Second Edition, by Paul Mark Sandler (ABA Book Publishing, 2014)

The Power of Nice: How to Negotiate So Everyone Wins--Especially You!, by Ronald M. Shapiro and Mark A. Jankowski (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998).

Appellate Practice for the Maryland Lawyer: State and Federal, Fourth Edition, edited by Paul Mark Sandler and Andrew D. Levy (Maryland State Bar Association, 2014).

Pleading Causes of Action, Fifth Edition, by Paul Mark Sandler and James K. Archibald (Maryland State Bar Association, 2013).

Maryland Discovery Problems & Solutions, by Hon. Paul W. Grimm, Charles S. Fax, and Paul Mark Sandler (Maryland State Bar Association, 2008).

Anatomy of a Trial: A Primer For Young Lawyers, by Paul Mark Sandler (Maryland State Bar Association, 2008).

The 12 Secrets of Persuasive Argument, by Paul Mark Sandler, JoAnne A. Epps, and Ronald J. Waicukauski (ABA Book Publishing, 2009).

Bullies, Tyrants & Impossible People: How to Beat Them Without Joining Them, by Ronald M. Shapiro and Mark A. Jankowski, with James Dale. (Crown Business, 2005).

Pattern Examinations of Witnesses for the Maryland Lawyer, Fourth Edition, by Paul Mark Sandler and James K. Archibald. (Maryland State Bar Association, 2006)

Raising the Bar: Practice Tips and Trial Technique for Young Maryland Lawyers, by Paul Mark Sandler (Maryland State Bar Association, 2006).

Discovery Problems and Their Solutions, Second Edition, by Paul W. Grimm, Charles S. Fax, Paul Mark Sandler. (ABA Book Publishing, 2010).

Model Witness Examinations, Third Edition, by James K. Archibald and Paul Mark Sandler (ABA Book Publishing, 2011).

Raising the Bar

Litigation partner Paul Mark Sandler was the author of "Raising the Bar," a regular column on trial advocacy that for several years appeared in the Friday edition of The Daily Record and other Dolan Media newspapers around the country.

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