Carlos A. Singer is a founding partner of Huang Ybarra Singer & May LLP. He focuses his practice on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation, including disputes concerning contracts, copyrights, trademarks, unfair competition, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and fraud/misrepresentation. He has represented a wide variety of clients, including film studios, startup companies, online media firms, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to forming Huang Ybarra Singer & May LLP, Mr. Singer was a partner with Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado LLP. While there, he handled a broad range of complex commercial and intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts. Previously, Mr. Singer served as Deputy Counsel to former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa during his first term as Mayor. In this capacity, he advised the Mayor and his representatives on litigation and policy. He began his legal career at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP after serving as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Singer earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Columbia University.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles Copyright Society, a distinguished members-only organization of attorneys who practice in copyright, trademark, and related practice areas. Since 2005, Mr. Singer has served as a Trustee of the Mexican-American Bar Foundation, which distributes need- and merit-based scholarships to local law students. In 2012, he was selected as a Fellow with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization dedicated to increasing diversity in the legal profession. From 2010 to 2012, he served on the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Public Library. Mr. Singer also served on the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission from 2005 to 2007.
Mr. Singer is admitted to practice in California and before the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Business Torts, Contract Disputes, & Environmental Litigation
- Representing the CEO of a startup company in a corporate waste and breach of fiduciary duty action
- Successfully briefed and argued on appeal that an international telecommunications firm could not be liable for fraud damages in the absence of any actionable misrepresentation
- On behalf of a television producer, obtained a favorable settlement of a contract dispute with another producer over profit participation
- Successfully sued a European theatrical distributor, on behalf of a major film studio, for failing to pay fees on its rental revenues
- Won (via summary judgment motion) a property contamination case in Northern California brought by four real estate holding companies against our client, a former contractor for Shell Oil Company
- Represented Claimants in multi-million dollar FINRA arbitration against one of the world’s largest investment banks
- After filing a summary judgment motion calling our adversary’s causation evidence into question, obtained a favorable settlement of product liability claims on behalf of our client, a supplier of glass bottles for the beverage industry
- Defeated a civil fraud action by filing an anti-SLAPP motion on behalf of our client, an individual who posted a negative business review on Yelp.com
- In an appeal on behalf of a mobile telecommunications firm, obtained affirmance of a summary judgment ruling in its favor
- Obtained the dismissal of individual claims brought against renowned billionaire investor and his wife in a derivative breach of fiduciary duty action
- Obtained an uncommonly favorable settlement on behalf of a public educational agency in a contract dispute related to the management of Head Start programs
- Defending a studio theme park in a breach of contract action, obtained a nuisance-value settlement after eliciting some damning testimony from the plaintiff at deposition
- On the eve of a product liability trial, obtained a settlement on behalf of a global consumer goods manufacturer that was a small fraction of the plaintiff’s demand
Intellectual Property Litigation & Counseling
- Secured the dismissal of trade-secret and breach of contract lawsuit filed against a high-level entertainment executive, obtaining dismissal by the executive’s former employer after the executive moved to compel arbitration
- Obtained a favorable pre-litigation settlement of a trademark dispute on behalf of a California-based marketer and distributor of branded e-cigarette liquids
- On behalf of one of the world’s largest consumer products companies, briefed the appeal of a copyright infringement action, which the Ninth Circuit decided in its favor without oral argument
- Obtained nuisance value settlement on behalf of a major movie studio and interactive media company in a copyright litigation matter related to the publication of photographs
AWARDS, PUBLICATIONS, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, AND RECOGNITIONS:
- Author/Editor of the ©OPY THAT blog (www.copythatblog.com), which publishes selected updates on copyright litigation and other matter related to intellectual property (2014-present).
- “An Invitation for the High Court to Clarify Sound Recording Law” Daily Journal, June 14, 2016 (sub. req.)
- Panelist, “The Anatomy of an Arbitration: Managing the Process,” MCCA CLE Expo, San Diego (2015)
- “Should I [settle] or should I go [to trial]?” Daily Journal, April 21, 2015 (sub. req.)
- Moderator, “The State of Play in Online Piracy & Counterfeiting,” MCCA CLE Expo, Los Angeles (2014)
- Panelist, “Obstacles to Success in the Legal Profession,” HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference, Atlanta (2013)
- Panelist, “Outside Counsel Management Tools for In-House Counsel,” MCCA CLE Expo, San Diego (2013)
- Panelist, “The Winning Brief, the More Persuasive Memo,” HNBA Annual Convention, Denver (2013)