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 has also taught public interest law and appellate advocacy at Georgetown and American universities.
His clients include Everytown for Gun Safety (in Second Amendment litigation); the American Association for Justice (on forced arbitration and civil justice issues); Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (on Donald Trump's conflicts of interest); former pro 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); small merchants (in First Amendment challenges to laws that hide the cost of swipe fees); 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 has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times and has handled appeals in every federal circuit and seven state supreme courts. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives and frequently appears in national print and broadcast media. He received his law degree from Georgetown, studied Sanskrit at Oxford, and received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Fordham. He 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 Alliance for Justice and The Impact Fund 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 new Civil Justice Research Institute.