Olander joining Neuberger, Quinn after 3 years in dot-com arena

October 03, 2002|By Gus G. Sentementes | Gus G. Sentementes,SUN STAFF

After a foray into the dot-com world, Chris D. Olander will rejoin the Baltimore legal community, this time with Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber P.A., the downtown-based law firm is to announce today.

Olander, 53, was the managing partner of Shapiro and Olander for 20 years - a prominent Baltimore law firm that had close ties to then-Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's administration - before leaving to pursue management consulting in September 1999. That firm is now known as Shapiro Sher Guinot and Sandler.

"When he came aboard, the firm had four or five lawyers," said Ronald M. Shapiro, Olander's former partner. "We worked hard to build the firm ... into what it is today." The firm has 29 lawyers.

After leaving the firm, Olander spent more than three years with various Internet ventures, a period he said yielded mixed financial results but a wealth of experience.

"I was out in the business world for about 3 1/2 years ... and gained a very valuable perspective," he said. "I've been on the other side of the table."

Olander, a Columbia resident, will join Neuberger, Quinn Monday as "of counsel" - a senior member with no equity stake in the 25-lawyer firm. He will focus on doing deals for clients, from securities transactions and corporate finance to mergers and acquisitions.

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