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Why John became a lawyer, and how his choice can help you

By Beth Gibson on May 18, 2019

When you become a lawyer, you hear a lot of lawyer jokes. In fact, “attorney” is probably one of the least popular professions in America. Only 18 percent of Americans feel that lawyers contribute to society, according to a Pew Research Center poll. That was down from 2009, when 23 percent did. But we’d bet that none of the people surveyed worked with GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys.

So why did John Singleton decide to dive into a sometimes “thankless” job?

John: “My grandfather was a famous lawyer in the small town where I grew up. He was well respected, and he was a great lawyer. And he did a lot of different things. He did litigation work (which is what I do now), he did commercial work, he did real estate, and he did mining interests.

“So, I saw ‘lawyering’ as a job where you can help people. When it was time to move on from college, I thought, ‘Well, law school isn’t a bad education to have. It’s only three years, and if you never practice law, it’s good to have that education.’

“I don’t share that thought nowadays though, because there are a lot of ways to get a better education if you’re not going to practice law. But I went to law school with that thought in mind.”

Note: Who are American’s favorite attorneys? Usually, fictional characters. Atticus Finch almost always ranks as No. 1. The American Bar Association names Frank Galvin from “The Verdict,” Paul Biegler from “Anatomy of a Murder,” and Perry Mason from the “Perry Mason” TV series as their top three.

Why are you a lawyer today?

John: “Why am I a lawyer today? That’s a more salient question, and I didn’t know I had this in me in my 20s: that I really want to help people.

“That’s the biggest thing I like about being a lawyer today. Because it’s a very intellectual process—you’re not doing the same thing every day, every day, every day.

“The one constant is that we’re constantly helping people. We’re answering their questions, we’re solving their problems, and we’re getting results for them.”

John and his partner, Ken Gibson, go above and beyond for every client they meet. Despite the public’s initial thoughts about the legal professionals, we know they do a lot of good for people who have to fight the system to solve their problems. If you need to file a claim against a multi-million dollar insurance company, you’ll want a tough, trial-experienced personal injury lawyer on your side, like John.

To set up a free consultation with GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, please give us a call at (804) 413-6777. There is no charge to have us review your case. And if we represent you, we won’t charge you a dime until we get you a fair settlement or jury verdict.

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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.

  • Safety Education
    GibsonSingleton launches a “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
  • Annual Coat Drive
    During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
  • Hands-on Service
    John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
  • Supporting Local Schools
    The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.