Carl E. Singley has had a diverse professional career as a practicing attorney in the private and public sectors and as a legal educator and administrator. Mr. Singley was a law professor at Temple University from 1974 to 2004 when he retired as professor emeritus. He served as dean of the school from 1983-1987. At the time of his appointment, he was the first African American, the first Temple graduate and the youngest dean in the history of the University. His teaching interests included Civil Procedure, Evidence, Municipal Finance, Jurisprudence and Commercial Bankruptcy. Mr. Singley has written and published numerous articles and essays on a wide variety of subjects including legal ethics, evidence, criminal justice, jury trials, affirmative action, legal history, municipal finance and leadership theory.
In 1987 Mr. Singley founded, what at the time was, the largest African American law firm in Philadelphia, which he managed for 13 years before serving as a partner in two large Philadelphia law firms for eight years. He most recently served as counsel to a boutique bankruptcy and commercial litigation firm in Philadelphia. Mr. Singley’s practice concentration has been in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, appellate advocacy, government contracts and business transactions. He has represented major corporations in litigation and transactional matters; advised various local and state governments on a wide variety of federal, state and municipal law matters; and served as counsel in numerous public finance transactions. Mr. Singley has litigated and argued cases on employment law, contracts and business law, tort liability, libel law, constitutional law, and municipal law in various state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Mr. Singley’s public sector legal experience includes serving as the First Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia; Special Counsel to the MOVE Commission; Special Counsel to the Philadelphia City Council; and, Chairman of the Mayor’s Commission on Construction Industry Diversity. He has served on the boards of the Delaware River Port Authority, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Temple University, PNC Bank Advisory Board and the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank.
Mr. Singley’s honors and awards include Diversity Attorney of the Year, HistoryMakers, Thurgood Marshall Award, A. Leon Higginbottam Award for Distinguished Service. His interests include music, photography, boating and golf.