Gupta Wessler PLLC aims to be the nation’s premier Supreme Court and appellate boutique for plaintiffs and public-interest clients. We handle high-stakes cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and courts across the country, approaching each matter with a fresh perspective, a bird’s-eye view of the law, and a creative and strategic sense of how to frame the issues for success.
We’re specialists in the art of advocacy: our practice is limited to Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation. But we’re generalists when it comes to subject matter: we brief and argue a broad range of issues, from class actions and consumers’ and workers’ rights to administrative law and constitutional issues of every stripe. Our litigation is complemented by public policy work in areas including civil justice and regulatory policy.
In all of our efforts, we work closely with leading trial counsel, scholars, policy experts, and advocacy groups to shape the law in ways that enhance justice and improve people’s lives.
Firm History. The firm was founded in the spring of 2012 by Deepak Gupta, following his stint as the first appellate lawyer at the historic launch of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under now-Senator Elizabeth Warren, where he helped launched the new agency’s amicus program, defended its regulations in court, and worked with the Solicitor General’s office on Supreme Court cases. Deepak previously spent seven years at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where his practice focused on Supreme Court and appellate litigation and class actions.
In the fall of 2012, Jonathan Taylor (a 2010 graduate of Harvard Law School) joined as the firm’s first associate, followed in 2013 by Peter Conti-Brown (a 2010 graduate of Stanford Law School, and now a professor at the University of Pennsylvania); both joined immediately after completing their federal appellate clerkships.
In addition, two seasoned appellate advocates served as Of Counsel to the firm from its inception: Dick Rubin, a nationally prominent consumer law expert, and Brian Wolfman, who has taught Supreme Court and appellate advocacy at Georgetown, Stanford, and Harvard, and who previously served for 20 years as an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group (including five years as its director).
In the summer of 2015, Matt Wessler joined the firm as a named principal following six years practicing at Public Justice, where he spearheaded that organization’s focus on Supreme Court litigation. Matt previously practiced at the Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP and as a member of Obama for America’s election litigation team, where he handled important litigation on behalf of the presidential campaign.
In 2015, the firm created a one-year litigation fellowship for new attorneys. The first fellow, Neil Sawhney, joined in the fall of 2015, between his judicial clerkships with Marsha Berzon of the Ninth Circuit and Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court. Each year, the firm also regularly hires two or three exceptional law students as summer associates. More information on the fellowship and summer programs is available here.
In 2016, the firm named Jonathan Taylor as a principal and welcomed another new principal, Rachel Bloomekatz, who joined the firm from Jones Day’s Supreme Court and appellate group. Rachel is a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer who previously argued appeals and constitutional issues in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and served as Legal Director for the 2012 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
During the current 2016-2017 term, the firm is counsel of record in more U.S. Supreme Court cases than all but two law firms in the nation (both corporate megafirms).