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Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta is the founding principal of Gupta Wessler and a lecturer at Harvard Law School, where he teaches the Harvard Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. He regularly appears before the U.S. Supreme Court and has briefed and argued a wide range of cutting-edge issues in state and federal courts nationwide, many of them focused on ensuring access to justice for people seeking corporate and governmental accountability. In 2021, Deepak argued and prevailed in Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District, in which the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that people injured by mass-market products can get access to justice where their injury occurred. In 2019, Deepak was invited by the U.S. Supreme Court to argue in support of a judgment left undefended by the Solicitor General–the first Asian-American ever to receive such an appointment. Before founding the firm, Deepak was the first appellate lawyer hired at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under the leadership of Elizabeth Warren, and he previously worked for seven years as an attorney at Public Citizen Litigation Group, where he founded and directed the Consumer Justice Project.
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Matthew Wessler

Matt Wessler is a principal of Gupta Wessler. He handles high-profile cases at all levels of both state and federal court and has argued multiple cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including three ERISA cases. Outside of the Supreme Court, Matt’s practice involves a wide range of areas including class actions, health care, employee benefits, consumer protection, preemption, arbitration, and banking. He has been named a Super Lawyer in appellate litigation and has been profiled by the National Law Journal for his appellate work on behalf of plaintiffs. In addition to his appellate work, Matt frequently co-counsels with trial firms in complex, ground-up litigation.
 

Jonathan E. Taylor

Jon Taylor is a principal of Gupta Wessler, where he focuses on representing plaintiffs in Supreme Court, appellate, and complex litigation. A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Jon joined the firm in September 2012 following his clerkship with the Judge Ronald Lee Gilman of the Sixth Circuit. Jon has presented oral argument before the First, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits, as well as the Supreme Court of Alaska and the District Court for the District of Columbia, and has been a principal author of dozens of briefs filed at all levels of the state and federal judiciaries. His work has spanned a wide range of topics, including the First Amendment, Second Amendment, Article III standing, class certification, civil rights, administrative law, and a broad array of issues involving consumers’ and workers’ rights.

Jennifer Bennett

Jennifer Bennett is a principal of Gupta Wessler, where she heads the San Francisco office. She has recently argued two U.S. Supreme Court cases on the Federal Arbitration Act’s exemption for transportation workers (New Prime v. Oliveira and Southwest v. Saxon), both of which she won unanimously. Her practice covers a wide range of issues including civil rights, consumer protection, constitutional law, workers’ rights, and government transparency. Jennifer’s Supreme Court and appellate advocacy has been recognized with several national awards, including the Pound Civil Justice Institute’s Appellate Advocacy Award (twice), the American Association for Justice’s F. Scott Baldwin Award, Public Justice’s Change Maker Award, and the National Consumer Law Center’s Rising Star Award. A graduate of Yale Law School, she clerked for Judge Marsha Berzon of the Ninth Circuit, Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York, and Judge Vince Chhabria of the Northern District of California.

Greg Beck

Greg Beck is a senior counsel at Gupta Wessler, where he focuses on representing plaintiffs and public-interest clients in Supreme Court, appellate, and constitutional litigation. He also teaches appellate advocacy as an adjunct law professor. Greg is a seasoned advocate who has briefed and argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court; the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits; and district courts around the country. Greg has been quoted widely in media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, the National Law Journal, Wired Magazine, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and On the Media. He has spoken at events hosted by the American Bar Association; the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers; the District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, and New York City bars; the National Association of Attorneys General; and others.

Robert Friedman

Robert Friedman is an associate at Gupta Wessler. He focuses on litigating under federal and state anti-discrimination and consumer protection statutes in cases across the country. He also has extensive experience representing plaintiffs in cases against government actors. Before joining the firm, Rob was a Senior Counsel at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, a public interest litigation organization housed at Georgetown University Law Center, and the Relman Civil Rights Fellow at Relman Colfax PLLC. He served as a law clerk to Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Linnet Davis-Stermitz

Linnet Davis-Stermitz is an associate at Gupta Wessler. She joined Gupta Wessler as the firm’s 2020-2021 Fellow in Appellate and Constitutional Litigation, following judicial clerkships with Judge Michelle Friedland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Alison Nathan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. While at the firm, Linnet has represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal and state appellate courts on a wide range of legal issues including consumer class actions, forced arbitration, fair housing, administrative law, environmental law, personal jurisdiction, preemption, Section 230 immunity, employee-benefits law, and standing. Linnet recently argued and won a forced-arbitration appeal before the California Court of Appeal, persuading the court that a credit union could not form an arbitration agreement with its customers simply by posting a clause on its online banking portal.

Jessica Garland

Jessie Garland is an associate at Gupta Wessler. She joined the firm as a litigation fellow in the San Francisco office following judicial clerkships with Judge David Barron of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Judge Paul Engelmayer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She has also accepted a clerkship with Justice Elena Kagan on the U.S. Supreme Court. Jessie graduated from Yale Law School and was a Henry Fellow at Cambridge University, where she received an MPhil in Criminology. As a law student, Jessie worked on ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claims with the Ethics Bureau, litigated prisoner and immigrant cases in the Second Circuit with the Appellate Litigation Project, and interned for the Office of the Appellate Defender in New York.

Alisa Tiwari

Alisa Tiwari is an associate at Gupta Wessler LLP. She joined the firm as a Fellow in Appellate and Constitutional Litigation following her clerkships with Judge Michelle Friedland on the Ninth Circuit and Judge Vince Chhabria on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. At Yale Law School, she worked on affirmative litigation with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where she designed an APA lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s rescission of civil-rights guidance documents; on pro bono Supreme Court and appellate litigation with Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells; and on criminal law reform litigation at the ACLU’s National Office. In addition, she published a Note in the Yale Law Journal detailing a way to hold police departments accountable for disproportionate racial effects. Before law school, she prepared policy analyses for Vanita Gupta, then-head of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and served on the Division’s team investigating the Baltimore Police Department. She also worked in Civil Rights Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to investigate civil rights violations in a large state prison. 

Thomas Scott-Railton

Thomas Scott-Railton is an associate at Gupta Wessler LLP, where he focuses on complex public interest and plaintiffs’-side appellate litigation. He joined the firm following clerkships with Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court, then-Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Alison Nathan, then on the Southern District of New York. Thomas was previously a fellow with the Impact Litigation Practice of The Bronx Defenders, where he litigated cases involving the rights of detained persons, police misconduct, and access to courts, as well as several successful appeals in individual immigration cases. Thomas has a longstanding dedication to public interest and civil rights litigation. As a student at Yale Law School, Thomas was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, where he worked on cases that successfully challenged racial profiling during ICE raids, protected humanitarian aid workers from criminal prosecution, and helped noncitizens who were victims of crimes to obtain work permits. As an intern with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, he was involved in a range of cases including litigation challenging policy changes by the Trump administration. And as an intern with The Door, Thomas represented young people in immigration proceedings and family court.

Mez Belo-Osagie

Mez Belo-Osagie joined the firm as a fellow in the summer of 2023. Among other things, Mez has previously worked on criminal-justice impact litigation at Civil Rights Corps, the MacArthur Justice Center’s Supreme Court and Appellate Program, and the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts. Mez earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her bachelor’s degree cum laude in political science and African studies from Yale and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in political science at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. In law school, Mez was the Supreme Court Co-Chair of the Harvard Law Review, represented indigent defendants as a student-attorney, and won the Ames Moot Court Competition.

Varshini Parthasarathy

Varshini Parthasarathy rejoined the firm in the fall of 2023 as a fellow ahead of her clerkships with Judge Jennifer Sung of the Ninth Circuit and Judge John Kronstadt on the Central District of California. In addition to Gupta Wessler, she has worked during law school for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and in the environmental protection and civil rights clinics. She studied environmental engineering as an undergraduate and previously worked at the New York Green Bank, the Columbia Water Center, and the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Steffi Ostrowski

Steffi Ostrowski rejoined the firm in fall of 2023 as a fellow after completing clerkships with Judge Michelle Friedland on the Ninth Circuit and Judge Vince Chhabria on the Northern District of California. Steffi previously worked with Gupta Wessler as a summer associate in 2020 and spent her previous summer working on consumer-protection cases at the New Economy Project in New York and the Consumer Financial Protection Unit of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. In law school, she was a student in the Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic, an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and co-president of the Law and Political Economy Student Group. Before law school, Steffi worked at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center. She was previously a software engineer at Facebook, where she worked on projects to promote women’s safety and built software to detect impersonation.

 

 

Eric Citron

Eric Citron is an accomplished Supreme Court and appellate litigator who has represented plaintiffs in high-stakes antitrust, competition, and consumer protection matters. Eric clerked for Justices Elena Kagan and Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge James Robertson on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He joined Gupta Wessler as Of Counsel in 2023 after a decade as a partner at the former Goldstein & Russell, the nation’s first Supreme Court litigation boutique. Eric has also taught for many years in Harvard Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. Eric also previously served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and was a senior associate in the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice at WilmerHale. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, in Social Studies from Harvard College and his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as Projects Editor of the Yale Law Review.

 

 

Christopher L. Peterson

Chris Peterson, Of Counsel to Gupta Wessler, is the John J. Flynn Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah. A recognized national authority on consumer finance law, Chris works with the firm to develop ground-up cases and other special projects. From 2012 to 2016, he served as Special Advisor to Director Rich Cordray at the CFPB; as Senior Counsel for Enforcement Policy and Strategy at the CFPB; and at the Pentagon, where he focused on protecting military servicemembers from predatory lending. From 2018 to 2020 he was the Director of Financial Services for the Consumer Federation of America. And, in 2020 he was the Democratic Party’s nominee for Governor of Utah, winning more votes than any Democratic candidate in Utah history. From 2009 to 2012, Chris served as his law school’s Academic Dean. Chris has been an expert witness in consumer-protection litigation on behalf of the states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Abbe Murphy

Abbe Murphy is a legal assistant and officer manager at Gupta Wessler. Before joining the firm, she worked in public affairs and communications at a top ten government relations and communications firm in D.C. As an intern for the personal office of Barack and Michelle Obama, she worked alongside top communications staff in the execution of major speaking events such as the former president’s endorsement of Joe Biden, his eulogy for late Representative John Lewis, and his address at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Abbe graduated magna cum laude from American University with an interdisciplinary degree in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government.

Mahek Ahmad

Mahek Ahmad is a legal assistant and office manager at the firm. Before joining Gupta Wessler, Mahek graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Georgetown University, with degrees in Government, Arabic, and Women & Gender Studies, and received the International Relations Award for most outstanding student in the Department of Government’s international relations program. For her undergraduate senior thesis, Mahek wrote about a Title VII case pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit en banc, Chambers v. District of Columbia, and participated in a seminar on Supreme Court litigation with Lisa Blatt and Paul Clement. Among other things, Mahek has served as the Executive Director for the National Collegiate Security Conference and as the Head of Delegates for Georgetown’s Model UN. She has assisted with antitrust technology litigation as an intern at Freedman Consulting and interned in the Office of Global Womens’ Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Mahek is a first-generation college-graduate and grew up in Los Angeles, CA.

Abigail Roston

Abigail Roston is a legal assistant and office manager at the firm. Before joining Gupta Wessler, Abigail spent a year at the University of Oxford in England, where she received her MSc in Criminal Justice with merit. Abigail is a Truman Scholar and was awarded the Findlay Fellowship, Northwestern University’s largest fellowship for graduate study abroad. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern with degrees in legal studies and history as well as a minor in data science. She received both individual and interdisciplinary honors for her senior thesis on Supreme Court law clerk tributes. At Northwestern, Abigail served as the President of Planned Parenthood Generation Action and as a Board Member for Northwestern’s Prison Education Program. She also worked as a research partner to Professor Leslie Harris, investigating the history of crime in New Orleans. Abigail is from a small town in Montana outside of Glacier National Park.