Carl Singley has made a life’s work of diversity issues, government relations, employment, and labor law.
He was graduated from Talladega College with a BA and earned both his JD from Temple University and a Master of Laws from Yale Law School. In 1987, Carl Singley founded the largest African American law firm in Philadelphia, which he managed for thirteen years before serving as a partner in two large Philadelphia law firms (Wolf Block and Blank Rome) for eight years. Today, he serves Of Counsel to the firm of Ciardi Ciardi & Astin. Carl has represented major corporations in litigation & transactional matters, and advised various local and state governments on a wide variety of federal, state, and municipal law matters. Mr. Singley has litigated and argued cases on employment law, contracts/business law, tort liability, libel law, constitutional law, and municipal law in various state and federal courts. Additionally, he has served as counsel in numerous public finance transactions. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the United States Supreme Court.
Although born and raised in Alabama during the Civil Rights era, Singley has adopted Philadelphia as his hometown and served it well. Over the course of thirty years, Singley’s relationships in and around Philadelphia’s City Hall have proven his dedication to the city of Philadelphia. His public sector experience is vast and varied; he served as the first deputy city solicitor for the City of Philadelphia, as Special Counsel to the MOVE Commission, as Special Counsel to the Philadelphia City Council, as Special Counsel to SEPTA, as Counsel to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and as Chairman of the Mayor’s Commission on Construction Industry Diversity. Years of speculation that Singley himself might one day run for political office seem to finally be at bay, but the accrued knowledge of government relations remains.
Carl’s greatest passion in life remains his teaching, and he served as a law professor at Temple University for thirty years; spending five of those as Dean of the School. Subjects taught include Civil and Appellate Procedure, Evidence, Jurisprudence, Legal Ethics, Local Government Law, and Municipal Finance. He currently teaches Commercial Bankruptcy Practice and Procedures. He has authored and published numerous articles and essays on a wide variety of subjects including legal ethics, criminal justice, jury trials, affirmative action, legal history, municipal finance, leadership theory, and golf.
Civic and board memberships include the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, North Star Bank, the Temple University Board of Trustees, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, PNC Bank Advisory Board, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Zoological Society of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Center City District, the Urban League of Philadelphia, and the Military Assistance Project. Carl has received the A. Leon Higginbotham Award for Distinguished Service and the Thurgood Marshall Award, and was named Diversity Attorney of the Year by the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2009.