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Jennifer Bennett is a principal at Gupta Wessler PLLC, where she heads the firm’s new San Francisco office and focuses on cutting-edge public interest and plaintiffs’-side appellate litigation. Her practice covers a wide range of issues including civil rights, consumer protection, constitutional law, workers’ rights, and government transparency.
Jennifer has been lead counsel or co-counsel in several significant plaintiff-side cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including recently arguing and winning a landmark victory on behalf of transportation workers challenging forced arbitration in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira (2019)—the first case in over a decade in which the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the party challenging arbitration.
Jennifer’s Supreme Court and appellate advocacy has been recognized with several national awards, including the Pound Civil Justice Institute’s Appellate Advocacy Award, the American Association for Justice’s F. Scott Baldwin Award, Public Justice’s Change Maker Award, and the National Consumer Law Center’s Rising Star Award.
In addition to her U.S. Supreme Court litigation, Jennifer regularly handles appeals in both state and federal court on behalf of workers or consumers fighting forced arbitration and other barriers to access to justice. She frequently represents journalists, media organizations, and nonprofits challenging government secrecy, recently winning a groundbreaking case in the Ninth Circuit vindicating the public’s right to access court records. And she regularly represents plaintiffs in civil rights cases involving difficult or novel legal issues.
Jennifer clerked for the Honorable Marsha Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Honorable Jesse Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from Yale University. Before joining Gupta Wessler, she was an attorney at Public Justice in Oakland, California, where she also focused on cutting-edge public interest appellate litigation.
Jennifer routinely speaks to audiences across
the country, as well as the media, on forced arbitration, government transparency, qualified immunity, and other issues related to public interest law or class actions. Her cases have been featured in national media outlets, including the Washington Post and the New
York Times. She sits on the board of directors of Justice Catalyst, and is a member of the advisory boards of the Project on Predatory Student Lending and the People’s Parity Project.