Deepak Gupta is the founding principal of Gupta Wessler PLLC. He specializes in Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation on a wide range of issues, including constitutional law, class actions, and consumers’ and workers’ rights. He is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where he was also recently a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow, and has previously taught at Georgetown and American universities.
Deepak regularly appears before the U.S. Supreme Court. In April 2020, he will argue two consolidated cases in the Court on the scope of personal jurisdiction. In 2019, he argued at the invitation of the Court in support of a judgment left undefended by the Solicitor General. He is the first Asian-American to receive such an appointment from the Supreme Court. Beyond the U.S. Supreme Court, Deepak has handled appeals in every federal circuit and eleven state supreme courts and has testified multiple times before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
Deepak’s diverse clients include national nonprofits, state and local governments, labor unions, federal judges, members of Congress, and classes of consumers and workers harmed by corporate wrongdoing. They include Everytown for Gun Safety (in Second Amendment litigation); the American Association for Justice (on forced arbitration and civil justice); Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (on Donald Trump's financial conflicts of interest); football players (on concussions in the NFL); the family of an unarmed Mexican teenager shot by a U.S. border guard (in a Supreme Court case over the Constitution's extraterritorial reach); and a certified class of all federal bankruptcy judges (in successful litigation over Congress’s violation of the Constitution’s Compensation Clause).
Before founding his firm in 2012, Deepak served as Senior Litigation Counsel and Senior Counsel for Enforcement Strategy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As the first appellate litigator hired under Elizabeth Warren’s leadership, he was instrumental in launching the Bureau’s amicus program, defending its regulations, and working with the Solicitor General’s office on Supreme Court matters. For seven years previously, he was an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where he founded and directed the Consumer Justice Project and was the Alan Morrison Supreme Court Project Fellow. Deepak received his law degree from Georgetown, studied Sanskrit at Oxford, received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Fordham, and served as a law clerk to Judge Lawrence K. Karlton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
In addition to the American Law Institute, Deepak is a member of the boards of directors of the National Consumer Law Center, the Alliance for Justice, and Stable, an organization dedicated to strengthening Washington’s contemporary art community. He sits on the policy advisory board of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware, and the advisory boards of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, the People's Parity Project, and the Civil Justice Research Institute at the University of California.