A.J. Singletary represents renewable energy developers, power plant operators, vehicle engine manufacturers and related clients on matters ranging from air quality permits under the Clean Air Act, the regulation of vehicle emissions, new and existing climate change laws and regulations, renewable energy development, to land use preservation.  A.J. also assists clients with matters related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), as well as other environmental statutes and regulations.  He additionally addresses matters under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), in particular medical waste concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling.

A.J. has experience engaging with the leadership of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the Bureau of Safety Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), as well as leadership from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House Counsel’s office.

Prior to joining Van Ness Feldman, A.J. spent two years at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he worked on critical land use issues impacting various energy clients, as well as advising clients on environmental, technology, and transportation matters. 

Before entering private practice, A.J. spent four years at the U.S.  Department of Transportation where he coordinated climate change initiatives in the Office of the Secretary, assisted in developing fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles, and helped plan federal investments for sustainable and livable communities.  He served as Acting Senior International Advisor for the Office of Environment and Energy at the Federal Aviation Administration.  A.J. also worked for Airlines for America, a leading aviation trade association, where he focused on advancing environmental work critical to all major airlines, including international climate change initiatives and renewable fuels standards for aircraft.

A.J. has a JD from Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and a BA in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis.  He has received multiple awards for his public service, both for his government leadership and for his efforts in fighting for civil rights.


Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law J.D., 2016, cum laude, Point Foundation Scholar, Latham & Watkins Diversity Scholar, NU Law Scholarship

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management M.B.A., 2016

Washington University in St. Louis B.A., 2008, summa cum laude