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Attorneys’ fees awarded in harassment case against Leopold
Former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold. (File photo)

Attorneys’ fees awarded in harassment case against Leopold

The battle over attorneys’ fees in stemming from a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold has ended.

U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake ruled Wednesday the county owes John M. Singleton more than $103,000 for his work in the case, which resulted in a $110,000 settlement for Karla Hamner in September.

Singleton, a Lutherville solo practitioner, sought more than $176,000 in fees, arguing he and a paralegal spent approximately 376 hours on the case, at $495 per hour for Singleton’s time. Singleton also argued “very few attorneys” would have taken Hamner’s case.

Lawyers for Anne Arundel County countered Singleton only had “proven allowable times” totaling about 28 hours.

Blake, in her ruling, said a rate of $375 per hour for Singleton was “reasonable” and largely sided with him on the amount of hours he worked, trimming a few hours here and there.

“While I was a bit disappointed in the amount awarded, frankly it has taken so long I was just happy to get paid,” Singleton told The Annapolis Capital.

 

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