Gupta Wessler PLLC is a national litigation boutique. We handle high-stakes controversies 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 strategic sense of how to frame the issues for success. The firm maintains offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Boston. In addition, the firm’s partners serve as instructors in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Harvard Law School.
We’re specialists in the art of advocacy: Our practice is focused on Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation. But we’re generalists when it comes to subject matter: We brief and argue a broad range of legal issues, from civil rights and economic justice to administrative law and constitutional issues of every stripe.
In all of our efforts, we work closely with leading trial counsel, scholars, policy experts, and advocacy groups to help shape the law in ways that enhance justice and improve people’s lives.
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Firm History. The firm was founded in 2012 by Deepak Gupta, following his stint as the first appellate lawyer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he launched the new agency’s amicus program, defended its regulations in court, and worked with the Office of the Solicitor General on Supreme Court cases. Deepak previously spent seven years at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where his practice focused on Supreme Court and appellate litigation with an emphasis on access-to-justice issues.
In the fall of 2012, Jonathan Taylor joined the firm as its first associate, having worked with Deepak as a fellow at Public Citizen and following his federal appellate clerkship. Jon is now a principal of the firm. Greg Beck, a former colleague of Deepak’s at Public Citizen, also joined in 2012, after it which it was known as Gupta Beck PLLC. After a hiatus, Greg now practices as Of Counsel to the firm.
In the summer of 2015, the firm was renamed Gupta Wessler PLLC when Matt Wessler joined as a named principal following six years at Public Justice, where he spearheaded that organization’s focus on Supreme Court and appellate litigation.
In 2015, the firm also created a one-year litigation fellowship for new attorneys. Each year, the firm hires new fellows, and also regularly hires two or three exceptional law students as summer associates. Detailed information on the fellowship and summer programs, including our alumni, is available here.
In 2016, Rachel Bloomekatz joined the firm as a principal. President Biden recently nominated Rachel to be a circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
In 2020, the firm announced its new San Francisco office, headed by principal Jennifer Bennett, an accomplished Supreme Court and appellate advocate who joined the firm from Public Justice. Neil Sawhney joined Jenn as an associate in the San Francisco office in 2020. Neil had been previously been with the firm as its first fellow, in 2015, between his judicial clerkships with Marsha Berzon of the Ninth Circuit and Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court. In the D.C. office, Rob Friedman joined the firm as an associate in 2020 and Linnet Davis-Stermitz joined the firm in 2021, initially as a fellow and then as an associate.
In 2021, the firm’s partners began serving as instructors in the Harvard Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, in collaboration with the Supreme Court boutique Goldstein & Russell.