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Deepak Gupta

Deepak Gupta

Practice areas:

Appeals, Constitutional, Class Action

About Me

Deepak Gupta is the founding principal of Gupta Wessler PLLC, a national appellate litigation boutique based in Washington, DC. He specializes in Supreme Court and appellate litigation on behalf of plaintiffs, with an emphasis on class actions, consumers’ and workers’ rights, and constitutional law. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at both Georgetown and American universities, teaching courses on public interest and appellate advocacy.


Deepak 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.” Most recently, in February 2013, he argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of the plaintiffs in McBurney v. Young, a pending constitutional challenge to Virginia’s bar on nonresidents’ right to access public records.


Before leaving government to start his own firm, Deepak served as Senior Litigation Counsel and Senior Counsel for Enforcement Strategy at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during the new federal 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, Deepak was an attorney at Public Citizen, where he founded and directed the organization’s Consumer Justice Project,  collaborating with advocates nationwide on class actions and appeals.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Appeals: 75%
    13 years, 100 cases
  2. Constitutional: 15%
    13 years, 40 cases
  3. Class Action: 10%
    13 years, 30 cases

Attorney Endorsements

7 total 

  • William David Wright

    Deepak is a great Consumer Advocate.


    William Wright Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Amy Lavonne Wells

    Mr. Gupta is highly respected on a national basis for the good work he has done, and continues to do, for consumers.


    Amy Wells Identity Theft Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Gupta Wessler PLLC (

1735 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20009


DCActive 200505/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyers - Washington, DC - AppellateSuper Lawyers2015
Super Lawyers - Washington, DC - AppellateSuper Lawyers2014
Super Lawyers - Washington, DC - AppellateSuper Lawyers2013
Hart T. Mankin Memorial LecturerFederal American Inn of Court2011
Appellate Lawyer of the WeekNational Law Journal2010

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalGupta Wessler PLLC, Washington, DC2012 - Present
Senior Counsel -- Litigation & Enforcement StrategyConsumer Financial Protection Bureau2011 - 2012
Adjunct Professor of LawGeorgetown University Law Center2009 - Present
Staff Attorney & Director of the Consumer Justice ProjectPublic Citizen2005 - 2011
Supreme Court Project FellowPublic Citizen2004 - 2005
Judicial Law ClerkUnited States Courts2002 - 2004

Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesN/A2005 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Public CitizenN/AN/A
California Association of Consumer AttorneysN/AN/A
Public Justice FoundationN/AN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
West v. Carfax (Ohio)Won reversal on appeal, resulting in rejection of nationwide class-action settlement; defeated parties' effort to overturn that decision in Ohio Supreme Court
Harris v. Mexican Specialty Foods and Grimes v. Rave Motion Pictures (11th Circuit)Won reversal of lower-court decision striking down Fair Credit Reporting Act’s statutory-damages provision as unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause (briefed and argued)
Danow v. Borack (11th Circuit)Successfully defended jury verdict on appeal in a collection harassment case

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Publication NameTitleDate
George Washington University Law School SymposiumWhy and How We Should Ban Class Action Bans2011

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterN/AJ.D.2002
Oxford UniversitySanskritN/A1998
Fordham UniversityPhilosophyN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Teaching Consumer Law ConferenceTeaching Arbitration Jurisprudence2012
Summer Strategy MeetingAre Attacks on the Courts Becoming More Bipartisan?2012
Summer Mortgage Conference, Washington, DCLitigating Preemption2012
Mass Torts in the Federal CourtsPreemption Doctrine from a Consumer Perspective2012
guest lectureFine Print, Federalism, and the Fate of Class Actions2012
Florida BarSignificant Changes in Consumer Protection2012
Consumer Financial Services InstituteCo-Chair2012
PLI Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Chicago and New YorkFaculty2011
First-year torts course, University of Toronto Faculty of LawGuest speaker2011
Consumer Protection course, University of HoustonGuest speaker2011
Conference on the Future of Arbitration, George Washington University Law SchoolClass Actions and Arbitration2011
Capital University School of Law, Columbus, OHLecture on AT&T v. Concepcion2011
Annual Consumer Class Action Symposium, BostonArbitration and Class Actions2011
ABA Business Section Conference, BostonThe Future of Consumer Arbitration & Class Action Waivers2011
Institute on Law and GovernmentThe Business of Justice: Corporate and Business Cases in the Roberts Court (guest faculty with Carter Philips and Robin Conrad)2010
Consumer Law SocietyConsumer Law in the Supreme Court2010
Conference on Teaching Consumer Law in the New EconomyConsumer and Civil Justice Cases in the U.S. Supreme Court: The October 2009 Term2010
Barristers Council & Supreme Court InstituteAppellate Advocacy From Desk to Podium, A Panel Discussion with Washington's Finest Appellate Advocates”2010
American UniversityGuest lecturer (with Ralph Nader), Topics in Consumer Protection2010
American Constitution SocietyAT&T v. Concepcion: A Panel Discussion (with Randy Barnett, Brian Wolfman, and Ira Rheingold)2010
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Annual Conference, New York“Class-Silent Arbitration Clauses and Stolt-Nielsen: A View from the Supreme Court"2010
National Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, Philadelphia, PAPublic Citizen v. U.S. DOJ (National Motor Vehicle Information System)2009
Equal Justice Works Conference, Washington, DC"Fighting for Consumer Justice: Challenges in a Changing Economy"2009
"The Future of Public Rights Litigation," Symposium, Fordham Law School, New York, NY"Ending Mandatory Arbitration: Strategies for Restoring Access to the Courts"2009
National Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, Portland, OR"The Noerr-Pennington Doctrine, The Petition Clause, and Consumer Litigation"2008
ABA National Class Action Institute, New York, NY"Consumer Fraud Class Actions on Life Support"2008
Class Action Symposium, National Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, Washington, DCEthics of Class Action Objections2007