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Rupa G. Singh

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Top Rated Appellate Attorney in San Diego, CA

Niddrie Addams Fuller Singh LLP
600 West Broadway, Suite 1200
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-744-7017
Fax: 619-232-4665
Email: Rupa G. Singh
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Appellate
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Attorney Profile

Rupa G. Singh is a certified appellate specialist who handles appeals, writs, and critical motions in state and federal courts at Niddrie Addams Fuller Singh LLP, an appellate boutique. Rupa’s practice focuses on unfair competition, insurance coverage, real estate, employment law, catastrophic injury, probate, and complex family law disputes, among others. Representative matters include a victory in the California Supreme Court on behalf of a certified class of employees alleging wage and hour claims;  defeating writ relief in a certified consumer class action; assisting with an insurance coverage summary judgment appeal; drafting objections to statement of decision preceding a medical malpractice appeal; preparing counsel for argument in complex civil appeals; assisting with an interlocutory appeal from denial of certification; and arbitrating class claims. Rupa also has ten years of experience as a commercial litigator, including as a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and senior associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP with a focus on representing high-technology, biomedical, and manufacturing companies, as well as individuals, in complex civil and commercial litigation matters. Among other leadership roles, Rupa served as the founding President of the San Diego Appellate Inn of Court; chair of the San Diego County Bar's Appellate Practice Section; and past president of the San Diego Chapters of the Federal Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association. She publishes a quarterly "Appellate Tips" column, writes and speaks on topics ranging from appellate law trends to elimination of bias in the profession. Among other honors, she has been recognized for distinguished service and pro bono advocacy by national and local organizations.

Certificates and Credentials

About Rupa G. Singh

First Admitted: 2001, California

Professional Webpage:


  • A summary and evaluation of appellate trends during the pandemic., "Appeals in the Time of Corona", Commercial Entities, Consumers, Trial Lawyers

Educational Background

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in English and International Relations, 1996

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Founding Chair, ABA Immigration Justice Project of San Diego, 2008
  • Founding President, Foundation of the South Asian Bar Association of North America, 2005
  • Chair, San Diego County Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section, 2012
  • Commissioner, California Judicial Nominations Evaluation Commission, 2010
  • President, Federal Bar Association of San Diego, 2007
  • Founding President, South Asian Bar Association of San Diego, 2000
  • Founding President, San Diego Appellate Inn of Court, 2016

Representative Clients

  • Point Loma Patients Consumer Cooperative Corporation, 2018
  • Villanueva v. Fidelity National Title Co. (2018) 26 Cal.App.5th 1092, reversed, No. S252035, 2021 WL 1031874 (CA S.Ct. Mar. 18, 2021)., 2018
  • Xerox Corporation; Mr. Copy, Inc; Global Imaging Systems, Inc., 2019
  • The National Strength and Conditioning Association, 2020
  • Von Becleare Ventures, LLC., 2018
  • Optum, Inc.; UnitedHealth Group, Inc.; Optum Services, Inc. , 2020


  • Apple Inc. v. Superior Court (Anthony Shamrell) (2018) 19 Cal.App.5th 1101., 2018
  • Loeb v. County of San Diego (2019) 43 Cal.App.5th 421, 2019
  • Donohue v. AMN Services LLC (2021) 11 Cal.5th 58., 2020
  • Von Becelaere Ventures LLC v. James Zenovic (2018) 24 Cal.App.5th 243, 2018
  • Hicks v. Richard (2019) 39 Cal.App.5th 1167, review den. (Jan. 2020), 2019


  • For outstanding service to the legal and broader community, Community Service Award, Lawyers Club of America, 2018
  • For outstanding pro bono legal services to San Diego's immigrant community. , Pro Bono Publico Award, Casa Cornela Law Center, 2020
  • For oustanding and long-serving community services, Elaine R. Boots Fisher Award, Federal Bar Association, National Chapter, 2017
  • Recognizing exemplary service in promoting diversity in the legal profession  , Service to Diversity Award, San Diego County Bar Association, 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America in Civil Litigation and Appeals, Best Lawyers in America, 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Pro Bono Asylum Appeal: Lopez-Lopez v. Barr, Ninth Cir. Case No. 15-72621 (2019), 2019

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Appellate Specialist, California State Bar, Board of Legal Specializations, 2020

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • One of the judges for whom I clerked used to say that the best place to win your appeal is in the trial court. In furtherance of that excellent advice, I share three common mistakes in the trial court that lose many litigants their second—and essentially last—chance on appeal., Author, Trial Courts: The Best Place for a Second & Last Chance on Appeal,, The ABTL Report, 2020
  • Reflections on RBG's permanent and continuing impact on the law., Author, "Why Heroes Never Die: A Dissent From RBG's Death", Bencher Magazine, 2020
  • Discussion and analysis of key U.S. Supreme Court cases from the October 2014 Term, from King v. Burwell (Affordable Care Act) and Obergefell v. Hodges (same-sex marriage) to Young v. United Parcel Serv., Inc. (pregnancy and employment discrimination) and Ohio v. Clark (Sixth Amenment Confrontation Clause)., Panelist, “Supreme Court Roundtable: The October 2014 Term", USD Law School, 2015
  • Presentation to compare and contrast Ninth Circuit federal civil and criminal appellate practice with California state appellate practice and provide insider perspectives on Ninth Circuit rules, procedures, and best practices., Presenter, “Demystifying Federal Appellate Practice”, Federal Bar Association, Ninth Circuit, and San Diego County Bar Association, 2019

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • SuperLawyers Top 25 Women Lawyers in San Diego, 2020

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Consumers
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Public Entities
  • Retail
  • Technology
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Office Location for Rupa G. Singh

600 West Broadway
Suite 1200
San Diego, CA 92101

Last Updated: 10/8/2021

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