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John Michael Singleton

Employment and labor Attorney at Parkton, MD

4.6   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1980
    Active No misconduct found

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Represent individuals, labor unions, small employers in all matters related to labor and employment. Wage and Hour, severance. employment agreements, terminations NLRB union organizing All federal and state employment laws- litigation, EEOC non compete cases

    43 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Sexual harassment
    These cases make up the majority of my work. I am handling high profile cases such the ones against AA County Exec. Leopold, Cases range from mild harassment to sexual assault and rape.

    40 years, 500 cases

  3. Civil rights
    Many employment related cases against governmental units also typically involve civil rights statutes relating to freedom of speech, equal rights. Mostly federal court litigation

    35 years, 100 cases

  4. Intellectual property
    Copyright matters and litigation including application and infringement; Trademark applications and infringement.

    15 years

  5. Mediation
    Have acted as mediator and neutral in many cases involving employment disputes, sexual harassment, discrimination, leave and pay issues.

    30 years

  6. Copyright infringement
    Have handled numerous federal court trials including ones having US Marshall seizure of equipment and products. Represented Korean tv network. Also represent musical artist and other artists to register and protect copyrighted materials

    35 years, 25 cases

John is one of the most highly rated labor and employment attorneys in Maryland. For the better part of 30 years, he has represented individuals, labor unions, businesses and non-profits in any and all employment issues including termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, wrongful discharge, whistleblowers, and others in litigation. He regularly reviews severance agreements and does consultations for advice as well.  A veteran courtroom attorney, he has also represented clients in medical malpractice cases, copyright infringement, workers compensation and other matters that require a broad range of skills. John also acts as a mediator or neutral helping .

The Singleton Law Group regularly represents individuals and classes in civil rights cases involving police, fire, education and other government workers.  Numerous matters have garnered great press attention and are ongoing.  With regard to labor unions, John has represented organized workers in a multitude of industries negotiating union contracts and representing these organizations in all phases of their work and operations.

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The Singleton Law Group
17010 York Road
Suite 103
Parkton, MD, 21120


4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Brandi | April 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best decision I made!
John, went above and beyond any expectation I had. John, made me feel secure and comfortable during the process of my hearing, he prepared me for what to expect during the hearing, he was extremely confident, paid great attention to every single detail and never skipped a beat. John explained the process of what would happen after the hearing, answered all my questions as well as took time to speak to me and bring peace to this situation. Best decision I made was calling John Michael Singleton.
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable and compassionate
I contacted John Singleton after I saw his website and read that he not only had knowledge in employment law but he also understood the psychological impact being laid off from a job can have on the employee. When I contacted him I realized I had found a needle in a haystack. Not just a expert in employment law but a compassionate person.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2015
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Employment & Labor advice session
John was awesome, straight to the point and very helpful. This is the way!!! I had instant legal advise and a real perspective of my troubles
Posted by Patrick | May 14, 2014
Review for John Singleton
Since we engaged John Singleton as our attorney he has proven to be trustworthy, he is patient and understand what he does. Soft spoken person and possesses lot of wisdom. He has time and keep me informed everything I need to know. I will recommend him to anyone who may need his service.
Posted by Joseph | May 8, 2014
IUOE Local 37
John has been our attorney for 30 years. His ethical and professional personality is unyielding and he has a proven track record when it comes to legal issues regarding Local 37 and its members.
Posted by Susan | February 27, 2013
The Superman of Lawyers! Mr. John Singleton/ The Singleton Law Group
The Singleton Law Group are professional with a purpose, that purpose is to help their clients, take care of their needs, give them support, guide them through the process as well as make them a part of the process. I feel Mr. Singleton is like superman in so many ways: He's all about helping his clients, his honesty and integrity shines through in so many ways, he knows the law and honestly I believe, figuratively speaking he has to leap tall buildings sometimes to get the job done! I can't say enough about Mr. Singleton and his staff in my time of need , all of them were there for me. In my case I was discriminated against, degraded, sexually harassed, humiliated to say the least about my case and I was not being paid all the hours I worked. I could call anytime and Mr. Singleton and his staff would help me, guide me and make me feel much better because I was and still am on an emotional roller coaster and sometimes I feel like my Lawyer and his staff are the only people in my corner helping me. Mr. Singleton and his staff have compassion for their clients and it shows in all that they do. I would highly recommend The singleton Law Group to anyone who needs an attorney, they are certainly someone you can trust.
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2013
Superior Lawyer
Mr. Singleton is very intelligent. He has remained calm, cool, and collected the entire time that he's been representing me. My employment tried to wrongfully terminate me and he was able to get me my job back. He has also been assisting me with a harassment case. I couldn't be happier that I chose him as a lawyer. He's wonderful.
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Posted by Ola' | February 25, 2013
Advocate for the little people
John, is the ideal lawyer to represent you if have been unjustly wronged and being intimidated by powerful businesses with highly paid lawyers. John gives you the opportunity to air your side of the issue amd most often get your issues remediated.
Posted by JOAN HARRIS | February 24, 2013
Excellent attorney
John Singleton is a very thorough and knowledgeable attorney. He explains the process in great detail and is a true professional. I highly recommend Mr. Singleton. Not only is he a very qualified attorney, but he takes the time to listen and understands your concerns, not only as a client, but as a person.
Posted by M | June 3, 2015
Delay Tactics
Don't believe John if he tells you he will take your case on a contingency basis. He will only keep delaying with not response to any of your inquires for months, the after about 5 months write you a letter stating that he cannot win your case so he is dropping the case. Not impressed at all as I did not even request for contingency in the first place, he offered it right off the bat, but he is not willing to do the work, or any investigations needed, which I would have been willing to pay for.
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Response from John Singleton May 26, 2016
Unfortunately, there are times when an attorney is given facts that cannot be supported. Usually, this relates to the damages. If the amount of total damages is so small that even if the case is won, the attorney cannot obtain a fee sufficient to justify the amount of time involved, the we would turn the case down. In many cases, an attorney cannot assess the amount of damages for a good deal of time until after the unlawful act occurs. We may also find out that the initial information provided by the client is not supported by the witnesses identified by the client. Obviously, it a contingency fee case, it does not benefit a client or the attorney to engage in litigation that cannot be won. This information is contained in all retainers and we will not engage in representation until a client has signed the retainer agreement. At the Singleton Law Group, we always act in the best interest of the client.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-425 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Singleton Law Group
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Willig, WIlliams, Davidson & Singleton
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Special Master- Labor Erisa
  • United States District Court
  • 2004 - 2005
  • international Counsel
  • International Organization of Master, Mates & Pilots
  • 1999 - 2009
  • Executive Director
  • Baltimore County Human Relations Commission
  • 1989 - 1993
  • Managing Partner
  • Gendler & Singleton
  • 1987 - 1998
  • General Counsel
  • Baltimore Building & Construction Trades Council
  • 1983 - 1987
  • Trial Attorney
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • 1978 - 1982
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  • Antioch School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • City University of New York, Hunter College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974
  • University of Baltimore
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Karla Hamner Robinson v. John Leopold, etc
  • Still onoing


  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Labor & Employment
  • 1985 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 25 year anniversary Award
  • AV rated Martindale & Hubble
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • AV rating as preeimenent in my field
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer Labor& Employment
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer Employent L
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Best in Employment Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyer, Labor and Employent
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer, Employment- Plaintiff
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Best Plaintiff Lawyer Employment
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide
  • 2003
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • Best Lawyers in Maryland
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • Conference on Traditional Labor Law
  • Ending the Bargaining Relationship
  • 2002
  • Fundamentals series
  • Fundementals of Labor and Employment Law
  • 1999
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Employment Discrimination Agencies
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (6)
Endorse John
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.John Singleton is highly skilled in labor relations and litigation in both the state and federal jurisdiction. He devotes his entire time and energy to his clients interests."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Family member
"John is a tenacious and dedicated trial lawyer who is passionate about his cases and protecting the interests of his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is one of the smartest, most hard working, thoughtful employment law attorneys that I have ever dealt with on a professional level, and he is a great guy! He knows how to realistically assess a case, strategize for litigation and bring a case to a successful conclusion. He is not afraid to take on powerful defendants, and has been a strong voice for employees for many years."
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