Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC | Advertising Material

Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC | Advertising Material

Shannon “A.J.” Singleton

Member, Lexington

A.J. is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2000. He is part of the Business Litigation practice, concentrating on Business Torts and Trust & Estates. He served as the firm’s Deputy General Counsel from 2007 to 2018, when he became the firm’s General Counsel.

Among the many highlights of A.J.’s litigation experience is his work on behalf of a bank trustee client under the Kentucky Uniform Trust Code’s fee-shifting provision.

In addition to his representation of financial institutions, A.J. handles dispute resolution for individuals and corporate clients throughout Kentucky.

A.J.’s successes as a litigator are complemented by his substantial expertise in legal ethics and professional responsibility. He advises law firms and individual lawyers facing the breakup of their firms or lawyer departures and he provides counsel to attorneys and law firms being sued by their former law partners.

A.J. is a frequent lecturer on law industry issues, including conflicts of interest, client confidentiality, attorney-client privilege, law firm advertising and risk management, and law firm departures. 

Whether consulting with clients or speaking to attorneys, A.J. employs a combination of diplomacy and strategic thinking—skills that stem from his lifelong passion for history, especially military history. He draws on these strengths to provide clients with well-rounded advice that addresses their immediate concerns and helps them plan for the future.

Business Litigation: A.J. represents individuals and companies in shareholder derivative actions and a range of other matters with significant procedural intricacies. He also provides counsel to fiduciaries in trust and estate lawsuits.

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 Supreme Court
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®
  • Best Lawyers®, Commercial Litigation, 2021-present


  • American Bar Association: member; Business Law Section Professional Responsibility Committee, Chair
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Ethics Committee
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Georgia Legal History Foundation
  • Henry Clay Memorial Foundation, past President and Chair, Board Member
  • Kentucky Civil War Round Table, Board Member
  • Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Ethics Commission, Member
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News Publications Seminars


     Legal Ethics for the Business Law Practitioner, 19th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, University of Kentucky
     Rosenberg College of Law, Speaker, 2023

     Who Is the Client? And Other Legal Ethics and Risk Management Questions Your General Counsel Hopes You Can Answer
     or Know to Ask,
American Bar Association, Business Law Section’s Annual Meeting, Panelist, 2022 

     Ethical Issues for the Employment Lawyer:  2022 Legal Ethics Update, University of Kentucky 18th Biennial Employment Law
     Institute, Panelist, 2022

     Judicial and Lawyer Ethics in a Virtual Court, American Bar Association, Judicial Division Annual Meeting, Panelist, 2022

     CLE: A Deeper Dive – Who is the Client? The Ethics Rule Implications for In-House Counsel and Outside Counsel, ABA
     Business Law Section’s 2022 Hybrid Spring Meeting, Presenter, 2022

     Who is the Client? Ethics Issues in Structuring Start-ups and Representing Early-Stage Companies, ABA Business Law
     Section Annual Meeting, Presenter, 2021

     Hooray for Hollywood, Horses, and Lawyers! – The Sequel – How Ethical Are Lawyers,  35th Annual National Conference on
     Equine Law, The University of Kentucky College of Law, Presenter, 2021

     Legal Ethics, "SKO U" CLE Legal Ethics for In-House Counsel, Presenter, 2021

     New Ethical Developments in the Practice of Transactional Law: Diversity and the Duty to Inquire, Program Chair, LLC
     Institute, American Bar Association, 2020
     Ethics in Leadership: Setting the Tone from the Top to Instill a Culture of Service and Professionalism, Presenter, Section of
     Business Law, American Bar Association, 2020

     Ethical Issues with Respect to Law Firm Ownership and Ancillary Practice, Program Chair, Section of Business Law,
     American Bar Association, 2019

     Legal Ethics and Technology: Technology May Change, But Your Obligations Under the Rules of Professional Conduct
     Remain the Same
, National Bar Association, John Rowe Chapter, Panelists, 2019

     Who's Who: Ethics for In-House Counsel, Association of Corporate Counsel, Speaker, 2019
     Ethics Rules and Recent Updates on Informed Consent to Waive Conflicts, Prospective Waivers, Screening
     Procedures, and Outside Counsel Guidelines,
ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting, Vancouver, British
     Columbia, 2019
     Ethics and Conflicts in Transactional Practice: Winter is Coming, panelist, American Bar Association Business Law
     Webinar CLE, 2018

     Ethical issues for the Employment Lawyer, panelist, The University of Kentucky’s 15th Biennial Employment Law Seminar,
Navigating the Ethical Maelstroms When the Law Firm Ship is Going Down,  Panelist, American Bar Association “In the Know” webinar, 2016
Paladins on Practical Ethics, co-presenter, Bell Tower National Mock Trial Tournament, Furman University, 2016
Navigating Ethical Maelstroms When the Law Firm Ship is Going Down, panelist, ABA 2015 LLC Institute, 2015
Safeguarding Your Client’s Data, co-presenter, Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, 2015
Conflicts, Waivers and Engagement Letters, presenter, Fayette County Bar Association Annual 2-Hour Ethics CLE, 2015
Ethics and Due Process Issues in Kentucky Land Use Matters, panelist, 4th Annual Kentucky Commercial Real Estate Conference, Louisville Bar Association, 2014
Ethical Issues for the Employment Lawyer, panelist, The University of Kentucky 14th Biennial Employment Law Seminar, 2014
When Good Cases/Clients Turn Bad, Kentucky Bar Association’s 2013 Annual Convention, 2013
Hot Topics in Professional Ethics: Competence, Confidentiality, Conflicts, and Candor, panelist, 34th Annual Institute, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, 2013
Accounting Ethics:  Integrity, Honesty, Objectivity and Independence, entucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, CPE presentation, 2013