Rupa Singh, an appellate specialist certified by the State Bar of California,  handles appeals and critical motions in state and federal courts. Her practice focuses on, among other areas, consumer class actions, unfair competition, insurance coverage, real estate, catastrophic injury, intellectual property, and family law. Rupa has been recognized by Super Lawyers® in Appellate Law, Best Lawyers in America, and San Diego Magazine Top Lawyers, and received awards for her distinguished leadership and pro bono advocacy.

She has private, judicial, big-law, and pro bono experience, such as co-chairing a mid-size firm’s Appellate Practice; clerking for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Chief Judge Irma E. Gonzalez (Ret.) of the Southern District of California; presenting appeals for adjudication as a staff attorney at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; litigating sophisticated, high-stakes matters at two prestigious Am Law 100 firms; and representing indigent individuals through the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program and Casa Cornelia.

An engaged community leader, Rupa is the Immediate Past President of the San Diego Appellate Inn of Court; past Chair of the County Bar’s Appellate Practice Section; former President of the Federal Bar Association of San Diego; and a past Vice-President of the Lawyers Club of San Diego. She co-founded the South Asian Bar Association of San Diego; chaired the ABA’s Immigration Justice Project of San Diego through its launch; served on the California Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission; and is a Girl Scouts Troop Leader. Rupa publishes and speaks regularly, is married to a telecommunications engineer, and is the proud mother of three.

Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, New York University School of Law, 1999
Student Note Published at 74 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1741 (1999)

Bachler of Arts, English and International Relations, summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1996


2020 Super Lawyers® Top 25 Women Lawyers in San Diego
2018-2020 The Best Lawyers in America
2016-2020 Super Lawyers®, Appellate Law
2020 Casa Cornelia Pro Publico Award
2019 Lawyers Club Community Service Award
2017 Federal Bar Association Elaine R. "Boots" Fisher Service Award
2015 Legal Aid Society of San Diego Appellate Self-Help Clinic Co-Founder’s Award
2012 South Asian Bar Association of San Diego Founder’s Award
2009 ABA Immigration Justice Project Founder’s Award
2007 San Diego County Bar Association Service to Diversity Award
2005 National South Asian Bar Association Foundation Founder's Circle Award

Heroes Never Die: How RBG Can Live On, Winter 2020 ABTL Report
Words Matter, Perhaps Especially Ours as Lawyers, Fall 2020 The Federal Lawyer
Hearings in the Age of Covid-19:  How Being Virtual Impacts the Art of Oral Argument, October 2020 ABTL Seminar
Make Good Law, Not History, Spring 2018 ABTL Report
The First 100 Days of An Appeal: A Fine-Tuned Machine, Spring 2017 ABTL Report
Brevity, Timing, Motions, and Amicus: Key Amendments to FRAP, Winter 2016 ABTL Report
Forfeiture at the Pleading Stage: Ask Permission First, Don’t Apologize Later, Winter 2014 California Litigation Journal (co-author)
“The House That Scalia Didn’t Build: October 2015 Term,” Hahn Loeser & Parks, Oct. 2016
“Supreme Court Roundtable: October 2014 Term,” USD Law School, Sep. 2015
“From Obamacare to Gay Marriage: What is the Roberts Court Up To?” Gomez Law, Aug. 2015