March 17, 2023
Atlanta senior associate Shaniqua Singleton represents clients in a broad range of employment, commercial, and business litigation matters. She is also experienced in pre-trial aspects of litigation, including deposing plaintiffs and other witnesses, drafting motions and briefs, participating in voir dire, arguing motions in limine, and preparing for trial.
Shaniqua is an active member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Atlanta Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division, and Leadership DeKalb. She also gives time to her community as a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and provides pro bono legal services to clients of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF). In 2019, AVLF recognized her as an Outstanding Volunteer for representing low-income clients in landlord-tenant disputes.
What do you like the most about your work?
I enjoy the complexity of the legal issues my work brings, and digging deep into the facts, case law, and general business sensibilities to come up with the best outcome for my clients. I often tell others that my work is like putting together a large puzzle. When I start a matter, I have a few pieces that may (or may not) fit together, and over time the puzzle and broader story comes together. I find working to collect the pieces and telling client stories exciting, and that is why I never tire of litigating.
What do you attribute to your success in your career so far?
Incredible sponsorship. So often our focus is on identifying personal and professional mentors who can guide us through the practice of law. But when I think of the most pivotal moments in my career and the opportunities that have come my way, a sponsor was most instrumental in helping me reach that milestone.
Sponsors are harder to come by. They use their professional and personal capital to invest in you and elevate your name and work in rooms you may never enter. But those sponsors are valuable. At each turn it was a sponsor that listened to my goals, helped me identify specific steps to reach them, and then told key individuals within and outside of the Firm about my goals. I have some incredible sponsors in my life that add to the skills, expertise, and know-how I already possess. So, thank you sponsors!
What led you to the practice of law?
I truly believe in helping others and lifting as you climb. While I enjoy wrestling with complex legal questions, ultimately my work is dedicated to the people within an organization and helping them to resolve what might be a stress-inducing issue. That desire started back in Chapel Hill when I was an undergraduate working with undocumented immigrants to access basic necessities, and it continues to this day.
What do you like to do outside of work?
These days I enjoy running long distances. And when I’m not running, I’m making music. You can usually find me doing some combination of both (more a brisk walk than a run) in the office.
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