Deepak Gupta is the founding principal of Gupta Wessler PLLC, a national plaintiffs’-side appellate boutique. He specializes in Supreme Court and appellate litigation with an emphasis on class actions, consumers’ and workers’ rights, and constitutional law.
Mr. Gupta has briefed or argued cases on a wide range of issues before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appellate and district courts nationwide, and seven state supreme courts. He argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion(2011), a landmark case at the intersection of arbitration, preemption and class actions that has been described by the Washington Post as “one of the court’s most important on consumer rights in years” and by the Federalist Society as “one of the most controversial Supreme Court decisions in many years.”
Before leaving government to start his own law firm, Mr. Gupta served as Senior Litigation Counsel and Senior Counsel for Enforcement Strategy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during the agency’s historic founding in 2011-2012. As the first appellate litigator hired under the leadership of Professor Elizabeth Warren, he was instrumental in launching the agency’s amicus program, defending its regulations in court, and working with the Solicitor General’s office on Supreme Court matters. His duties also included providing advice to top officials on legal issues including preemption, arbitration, and administrative and constitutional law.
For seven years previously, Mr. Gupta was an attorney at Public Citizen, where he founded and directed the organization’s Consumer Justice Project to collaborate with advocates nationwide on class actions and appeals. Before that, he served as the Alan Morrison Supreme Court Project Fellow at Public Citizen, coordinating assistance to litigants in public interest cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Gupta has worked on voting rights litigation at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, church-state litigation at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and prisoners’ rights litigation at the American Civil Liberties Union, and spent two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Lawrence K. Karlton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. He received his law degree from Georgetown, studied Sanskrit for one year at Oxford, and received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Fordham, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and competed in numerous parliamentary debate tournaments including the World Universities Debating Championships in Manila, Philippines and Athens, Greece.
In addition to his litigation work, Mr. Gupta has engaged in legislative and public policy advocacy, appeared on television and radio programs including CNN, FOX News, ABC’s World News andGood Morning America, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and been quoted by publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the National Law Journal. He frequently speaks at national legal conferences and law schools and is co-founder of the Consumer Law & Policy Blog.