Ruth Dapper

Littler Mendelson PC

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West Broadway 501
San Diego 92101 CA US

Ruth N. Dapper is a skilled litigator, defending employers and management against employment lawsuits in federal and state court, as well as in arbitrations and administrative proceedings. Ruth’s litigation practice addresses a range of issues, including :

  • Class actions (e.g., meal periods and rest breaks, minimum wage, overtime, misclassification, wage statements, unfair competition law)
  • Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims
  • Single-plaintiff lawsuits (e.g., discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, whistleblower, trade secrets, breach of contract)

Ruth zealously advocates for her clients at all stages of litigation, including obtaining summary judgment in federal and state court on putative class actions. Ruth has also been successful in securing judgments at the pleadings stage in both federal and state court, again for both single-plaintiff and putative class action claims.

In addition to federal and state court, Ruth also represents clients in multiple arbitration forums (including American Arbitration Association and JAMS), as well as in private mediations. As part of her arbitration practice, Ruth has successfully moved to compel arbitration in multiple instances and obtained summary judgment on behalf of her clients.

In addition to her private practice, Ruth also regularly writes articles on legal topics, and has had her work published in multiple national publications, including the Federal Courts Law Review, The Federal Lawyer, and The Bencher.

One such article has been cited in several federal court decisions, by flagship law reviews of multiple law schools, referenced by a federal treatise, and reprinted internationally. In addition to national publications, Ruth has authored articles featured in the flagship state bar publications of approximately ten states.

Before joining Littler, Ruth served in the state and federal courts. Ruth served as judicial clerk to District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Magistrate Judge Jeanne J. Graham of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and Judges Wilhelmina M. Wright (now federal district judge) and John P. Smith of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Ruth graduated with high honors from both law school and her undergraduate institution. During law school, Ruth served as editor-in-chief of a law journal. She was also awarded several Dean’s Awards, recognizing her as the top student in her Employment Discrimination, Federal Jurisdiction, Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Transactional Drafting, Bankruptcy Clinic, and Wrongful Convictions classes.

Education :

  • J.D., University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2012
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, 2009

Courts :

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Professional & Community Affiliations :

  • Barrister, Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court
  • Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers


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