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Jonathan E. Taylor

Jonathan E. Taylor

Gupta Wessler PLLC

Washington, DC, USA

Jonathan E. Taylor is a principal at Gupta Wessler PLLC in Washington, DC, where he focuses on representing plaintiffs and public-interest clients in Supreme Court, appellate, and constitutional litigation.

Since joining the firm in 2012, Jon has presented oral argument in significant appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits and the Supreme Court of Alaska, 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, Fourth Amendment, Article III standing, class certification, civil rights, administrative law, and a broad array of issues involving consumers’ and workers’ rights. He has represented federal judges, Members of Congress, classes of consumers and workers, retail merchants, national nonprofit advocacy organizations, former NFL players, and the family of a Mexican teenager killed by a U.S. border guard.

Jon played a leading role in Houser v. United States, in which the firm obtained a $56 million judgment for a class of current and former federal bankruptcy judges and their beneficiaries in a suit against the federal government under the Constitution’s Judicial Compensation Clause. In addition, Jon currently represents three nonprofit legal organizations (National Veterans Legal Services Program, National Consumer Law Center, and Alliance for Justice) in a certified class action challenging the federal judiciary’s PACER fee structure as excessive. Jon has also been the main brief writer in all of the firm’s First Amendment challenges to state credit-card surcharge laws brought in the wake of a $7 billion swipe-fee antitrust settlement with the major credit-card companies, including the firm’s successful briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman. And Jon has written briefs in a number of cases involving important issues for consumers and workers, including Carrera v. Bayer, a controversial class-action case about the ascertainability requirement in which Jon helped persuade four judges to dissent from the denial of en banc review and to call on the Federal Rules Committee to examine the issue; Alaska Trustee v. Ambridge, in which Jon successfully obtained a ruling from a state supreme court that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act covers foreclosures; and Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, in which the Supreme Court adopted the firm’s argument for why the Court should not decertify a class of workers at a slaughterhouse seeking overtime compensation improperly denied to them.

Before joining the firm, Jon clerked for Ronald Lee Gilman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and spent a year at Public Citizen Litigation Group on a Redstone Fellowship from Harvard, where he went to law school. While at Public Citizen, Jon worked with Deepak Gupta to prepare for his Supreme Court argument in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, served as principal author of a Supreme Court amicus brief concerning the False Claims Act, wrote a Ninth Circuit brief in a consumer case, and helped advise a public-health nonprofit on federal preemption of food-labeling laws. Jon also worked as an intern at Public Citizen during law school, where he worked with Deepak and Brian Wolfman on their successful Supreme Court merits brief in Mohawk Industries v. Carpenter and assisted with the brief filed on behalf of Senators John McCain and Russell Feingold in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.


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