Gupta Wessler PLLC is a national appellate, constitutional, and complex litigation boutique. We brief and argue high-stakes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and courts across the country. We also pursue progressive policy solutions in the nation’s capital. Through all of our efforts, we aim to help shape the law in ways that enhance justice and improve people’s lives.

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Gupta Wessler has “staked a name for itself” as the nation’s “premier plaintiffs-side appellate firm.” — Law 360

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We’ve recently won a string of appellate victories for the little guy: A decision upholding state and federal protections against abuses by background screening companies. A ruling rejecting immunity for cities that use jail to make poor people pay fines. A ruling making it easier for workers to sue companies for taking imprudent risks with retirement savings. A ruling that job applicants have standing to challenge criminal background reports. And a decision rejecting debt collectors’ tactic of purchasing consumers’ claims out from under them at auctions on the courthouse steps.
We’ve also recently won major rulings rejecting forced arbitration in the context of mobile apps, privatized criminal justice and tribal internet lending. And, as outside counsel to the American Association for Justice, we continue to work on a broad range of civil justice issues in all three branches of government.
Our constitutional litigation has led to big wins too. In March 2019, we scored a landmark separation-of-powers win on behalf of SEIU, striking down the Wisconsin GOP’s power-grab legislation. In Brookline, Massachusetts, we recently defeated a Second Amendment challenge to public-carry restrictions, and we continue to work with Everytown for Gun Safety to defend gun laws. And we’ve won several First Amendment challenges to laws that keeps consumers in the dark about the cost of credit cards.
We’re proud to be standing up to the Trump Administration on many fronts. We’re prosecuting two historic cases over Donald Trump’s violation of the Constitution’s Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses. And we’re representing the Governor of Montana in a challenge to the Trump Administration’s decision to stop collecting donor information from dark money groups.
We continue to maintain an active practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. In March 2019, Deepak Gupta presented oral argument, at the invitation of the Justices, in support of a judgment left undefended by the Solicitor General. In 2017, the firm completed a winning term in the Court. We were counsel of record in three merits cases and prevailed in two, securing certiorari and reversal for our clients. The American Lawyer and Bloomberg profiled our advocacy. Fewer than a handful of big corporate firms surpassed our record, and no boutique firm had more wins.
In one of the two cases, we won a narrow victory for the family of a Mexican teenager fatally shot by a border guard. Reversing a 15-0 en banc decision in Hernández v. Mesa, the Supreme Court rejected the officer’s hindsight-based immunity defense. Read our brief or listen to Deepak discuss the case with Dahlia Lithwick of Slate. We also prevailed in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, a First Amendment case in which Empirical SCOTUS ranked our brief the single most readable of the term.
In the lower courts, we racked up other wins for consumers, workers, and other plaintiffs. We argued and won an Eighth Circuit appeal from a multimillion-dollar products-liability trial, and we successfully defended a $42 million class-action judgment in the Ninth Circuit. We also scored wins in our ground-up cases, including a partial win in our nationwide class action challenging PACER fees for access to federal court records.