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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Over the past year, our firm has secured a string of appellate victories–including an opinion rejecting immunity in a challenge to the use of jail to coerce poor people into paying fines; an opinion finding that job applicants have standing to sue over the failure to let them review background reports; and a decision rejecting debt collectors’ novel tactic of purchasing consumers’ claims out from under them at auctions on the courthouse steps.
We’ve been particularly active in defense of access to the courts, obtaining recent appellate 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 work on a broad range of civil justice issues in all three branches of government.
In the field of constitutional law, we recently won a victory for Brookline, Massachusetts, defeating a Second Amendment challenge to its public-carry restrictions. We continue to work with Everytown for Gun Safety to defend sensible gun laws nationwide. We also won a First Amendment challenge to a California statute that keeps people in the dark about the cost of credit cards. And we’re proud to be standing up to the Trump Administration on a range of issues–including prosecuting two cases concerning Donald Trump’s violation of the Constitution’s Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses.
We continue to maintain an active practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. In November 2018, the Court appointed Deepak Gupta to argue 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.
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 Justices 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: Jon Taylor argued and won an Eighth Circuit appeal from a multimillion-dollar products-liability trial; Rachel Bloomekatz argued and won a Fourth Circuit appeal defending a jury verdict under the Fair Credit Reporting Act; and Matt Wessler successfully defended a $42 million class-action judgment in the Ninth Circuit.
We also scored wins in our ground-up cases, including a ruling that the IRS has illegally charged hundreds of millions of dollars to tax preparers and a partial win in our nationwide class action challenging PACER fees for access to federal court records.