Jonathan  E.  Taylor

Jonathan E. Taylor

Principal, Gupta Wessler PLLC

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.

Jon is from St. Louis and is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He joined the firm in 2012 following his clerkship with the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Since joining the firm, Jon has presented oral argument before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia 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, 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.

Before his judicial clerkship, Jon spent a year at Public Citizen Litigation Group on a Redstone Fellowship from Harvard. While there, 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 Gupta 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.

Jon has previously worked on microfinance and antipoverty issues in Ethiopia, studied Spanish in Chile, and helped prepare a Medicaid fraud case against drug companies as an intern in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. During law school, he helped teach legal writing as a member of the Board of Student Advisers, competed in the Upper-Level Ames Moot Court Competition, and had the Best Appellee Brief in his first-year legal writing section. Jon received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, was awarded a Presidential Scholarship, and was a National Merit Scholar. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States.