The firm’s public policy work includes litigation on behalf of non-profit advocacy organizations, analyzing the constitutionality of proposed policy solutions, developing non-litigation advocacy strategies, and occasionally appearing before Congress or the Executive Branch on issues including civil justice, consumer protection, and regulatory policy. In all these efforts, we work closely with policy experts and non-governmental organizations, including those listed below.
Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gupta Wessler works with Everytown on litigation and legal policy related to gun safety—including consulting on a range of topics and appellate litigation over the interpretation of the Second Amendment. Among other things, our work with Everytown has injected an alternative set of historical arguments into the Second Amendment jurisprudence, showing that the Anglo-American conception of the self-defense right is consistent with a seven-century tradition of extensive regulation of the public carrying of firearms.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a leading watchdog group focused on government ethics. Working with a dream team of constitutional scholars and lawyers, we represent CREW and its co-plaintiffs in litigation challenging Donald Trump’s violation of the Constitution’s Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses, which prohibit officials from accepting payments from governments. We are also advising Maryland and the District of Columbia in parallel litigation in coordination with CREW.
The mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests. Gupta Wessler works closely with AAJ on litigation and policy concerning a range of civil-justice issues, including combatting forced arbitration.
Global Witness is an international NGO, headquartered in the UK, that works to break the links between natural resource exploitation, conflict, poverty, corruption, and human rights abuses worldwide. Gupta Wessler is working with Global Witness to protect the anti-corruption provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, which require transparency with respect to conflict minerals and payments from resource-extraction companies to governments.
National Consumer Law Center uses its expertise in consumer law to work for consumer justice and economic security for low-income and other disadvantaged people, including older adults, in the United States. Our work for NCLC includes developing advocacy strategies to fight off industry attacks on consumers’ standing to sue in federal court in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo v. Robins, as well as consulting in connection with NCLC’s well regarded series of consumer law treatises and reports.
American Federation of Teachers – We have worked with AFT on financial-reform issues, including implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as pension and investment matters—corporate governance, investment selection, municipal finance/bankruptcy, and related areas.