Attorney in Anne Arundel federal discrimination case to be paid

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The attorney who represented a former Anne Arundel County government spokeswoman in a long-running federal discrimination case will finally get paid.

John Singleton, a Baltimore County attorney who represented Karla Hamner for about five years, will get about $104,000 in attorney’s fees, according to the ruling handed down Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake.

Hamner, who was a spokeswoman for former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, sued Leopold and the county government in 2010, claiming she lost her job two years earlier for complaining about Leopold’s behavior toward her. Hamner claimed Leopold shook her and yelled at her over her hairstyle.

Leopold later resigned from office after being convicted of two counts of official misconduct in an unrelated criminal case. He was dropped as a defendant in Hamner’s case and in another discrimination case filed by former Anne Arundel County constituent services specialist Joan Harris. The Harris case is still pending.

Hamner’s case was settled last fall for $110,000, but Singleton was also seeking payment of his fees.

He said he originally asked for $170,000, but was happy to get the amount he got from the court. 

"All in all, I thought it was fair," Singleton said. 

Hamner said this week she was happy Singleton will be compensated, but said he deserved more.

“This whole thing took my life in an entirely different direction,” she said. 

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