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Shannon “A.J.” Singleton

Member, Lexington

A.J. practices in Business Torts and Trust & Estate Litigation in the firm’s Business Litigation group. He represents individuals and companies in commercial litigation, including shareholder derivative actions, and also represents fiduciaries in trust and estate lawsuits involving breach of fiduciary duty claims. On behalf of a bank trustee client, A.J. was part of the SKO team that secured $2.6 million in attorney’s fees and costs under the Kentucky Uniform Trust Code’s fees shifting provision.

For nearly a decade, A.J. has concentrated his practice on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues. He represents law firms and individual lawyers facing the break-up of their firms or lawyer departures from a firm. He also represents lawyers and law firms being sued by their former law partners.

A.J. is a frequent lecturer on legal ethics issues, including conflicts of interest, client confidentiality, the attorney-client privilege, law firm advertising and risk management, and law firm departures. Since 2007, he also has represented SKO on these issues as the firm’s Deputy General Counsel. A.J. is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.

A.J.’s appreciation for diplomacy and strategic thinking is credited to his lifelong passion for history, especially military history. “I use those skills to provide well-rounded advice to my clients – not only to address their immediate concerns, but also to help them realize their ultimate goals and to help them plan for the future.”

University of Washington School of Law
1996, J.D.
Furman University
1993, B.A., summa cum laude
Kansai University of Foreign Language Osaka Japan
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Superior Court
Georgia Supreme Court
Kentucky Circuit Courts
Kentucky District Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®


  • American Bar Association: member; Business Law Section Professional Responsibility Committee, vice chair
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Georgia Legal History Foundation
  • Henry Clay Memorial Foundation, chairperson and board member
  • Kentucky Civil War Round Table, secretary and board member
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Ethics Commission, member
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Publications Seminars
Knowing the Rules: The New Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct, May 1, 2010
“Ethical issues for the Employment Lawyer,” panelist, The University of Kentucky’s 15th Biennial Employment Law SeminarJune 10, 2016
“Navigating the Ethical Maelstroms When the Law Firm Ship is Going Down,” Panelist, American Bar Association “In the Know” webinarJune 9, 2016
"Paladins on Practical Ethics," co-presenter, Bell Tower National Mock Trial Tournament, Furman UniversityApr. 16, 2016
“Navigating Ethical Maelstroms When the Law Firm Ship is Going Down,” panelist, ABA 2015 LLC InstituteNov. 13, 2015
“Safeguarding Your Client’s Data,” co-presenter, Kentucky Bar Association Annual ConventionJune 19, 2015
“Conflicts, Waivers and Engagement Letters,” presenter, Fayette County Bar Association Annual 2-Hour Ethics CLEMay 19, 2015
“Ethics and Due Process Issues in Kentucky Land Use Matters,” panelist, Fourth Annual Kentucky Commercial Real Estate Conference, Louisville Bar AssociationOct. 16, 2014
“Ethical Issues for the Employment Lawyer,” panelist, The University of Kentucky 14th Biennial Employment Law SeminarJune 6, 2014
“When Good Cases/Clients Turn Bad,” Kentucky Bar Association’s 2013 Annual ConventionJune 20, 2013
“Hot Topics in Professional Ethics: Competence, Confidentiality, Conflicts, and Candor,” panelist, 34th Annual Institute, Energy and Mineral Law FoundationJune 17, 2013
“Accounting Ethics:  Integrity, Honesty, Objectivity and Independence,” Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, CPE presentationMay 10, 2013