David M. Rubin, Associate Justice

Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Justice David M. Rubin to the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One on March 30, 2023. The Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed him on June 23, 2023.  Before his appointment to the Court of Appeal, Justice Rubin served for almost 17 years on the San Diego Superior Court. There he served in the criminal, family, and civil divisions. He also spent the last three years prior to appointment on the court’s Appellate Division.


Justice David M. Rubin grew up in Albany, California. He graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982. In 1986, Justice Rubin graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law where he also served on the law review. Following law school, Justice Rubin moved to San Diego to work in the Office of the San Diego County District Attorney. He received the Prosecutor of the Year Award from that office in 2006. In January 2007, Judge Rubin joined the Superior Court bench in San Diego.

Justice Rubin sat on the California Judges Association board of directors from 2009-2012. He served as the organization’s president from 2011-12. In 2013, Justice Rubin joined the Judicial Council of California as a voting member. There he chaired the Litigation Management Committee, the Judicial Branch Budget Committee, and the Real Estate Policy Sub-committee of the Executive and Planning committee.