Deepak Gupta is the founding principal of Gupta Wessler PLLC and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. 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.
Deepak has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times and has handled appeals in every federal circuit and seven state supreme courts. Most recently, in March 2019, he argued at the invitation of the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a judgment left undefended by the Solicitor General. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.
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 Impact Fund, and the Alliance for Justice and sits on the policy advisory board of the Biden Institute and the advisory boards of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and the University of California’s Civil Justice Research Institute. He also serves on the board of trustees of Stable, a new organization dedicated to strengthening the contemporary visual arts community in Washington, DC.