Anna F. Roppo, Shareholder

(619) 209-3059 direct
(619) 209-3000 main
roppo@dsmw.com
101 West Broadway, Suite 1700
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 209-3043 fax

With 28 years litigation experience, Anna has tried cases to jury verdict, including a 28-day jury trial in federal district court in 2015. She has had numerous bench trials and arbitrations in the business, healthcare, real estate, and design professional sectors.  Her expertise has resulted in multiple published decisions, including Linda Vista Village San Diego Homeowners Association, Inc. v. Tecolote investors, LLC, et al. (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 166 and Regan Roofing Company, Inc. v. Superior Court, (1994) 21 Cal.App.4th 1685

Anna’s business litigation experience includes corporate governance, breach of contract, fraud, unfair business practices, dissolution, suitability, and unfair competition.  She represents investment advisers and brokers in suitability actions, and unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets matters.  Her work has included administrative actions before the SEC and FINRA.  Her cases include issues of offshore investments in the Isle of Man and the British Virgin Islands, and the representation of family members in their disputes with other family members about the ownership and management of their properties.

Anna’s health care cases relate to disputes involving managed care claims authorization, the corporate practice of medicine doctrine, physician termination involving non-compete and anti-solicitation clauses, medical group dissolution and non-contracted provider billing disputes with IPAs and medical groups

Her real estate litigation expertise is diverse and includes rent control; special and permissive adjustments, hearings before Housing Commissions and City Councils; mobile home park conversions; failure to maintain litigation; analysis and enforcement of rules and regulations and leases, unlawful detainer (commercial and residential- including representation of economy lodging chains); and land use cases involving CEQA ,and its exemptions.  She has litigated the religious exemption successfully against an environmental group known for its work in the preservation of historical landmark property.  

In the Linda Vista case, the issues of Pueblo Lands and the San Diego City Charter arose in litigation brought by homeowners against a ground lessor of city-owned property.  Anna successfully thwarted the homeowners’ threat of court-imposed rent control, demonstrating at trial and then on appeal that the ground lessor was well within its rights to raise rent.

Anna’s expertise has expanded to include defending the property rights of homeowners in coastal areas before the California Coastal Commission and other government regulators.  Despite the drought-blighted landscape of southern California, these property rights must be protected given the looming threat of El Nino storm activity beginning 2015. 

Lin II, Rong­ Gong and Sewell, Abby. "A huge El Niño could devastate Southern California" LA Times Web. 13 August 2015;

Totten, Sandy. "El Niño vs. the Blob: Which will win out this winter?" Southern California Public Radio Web. 10 August 2015

Anna has represented geotechnical engineers since she began practicing law in 1989.  Her work has included the successful litigation of limitation of liability, indemnity and insurance issues plaguing the profession.(See Regan Roofing above.)

Anna has an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.  She has been recognized as a San Diego Super Lawyer 2013-16 for her business litigation practice. She is recognized among the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell and has received the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for pro bono work.

 



California Western School of Law, J.D., 1987

University of Toronto, Victoria College, B.A., French, Specialization in Italian, Minor in Spanish, summa cum laude, 1983

State Bar of California

San Diego County Bar Association

Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 2006-present

  • President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Programs Co-Chair


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San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program – Wiley W. Manuel Award recipient