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18th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute

Author(s): Deepak Gupta, John J. Roddy, Alan S. Kaplinsky, Julia B. Strickland
Practice Area: Banking, Litigation
Published: Apr 2013
ISBN: 9781402419782
PLI Item #: 42423
CHB Spine #: B2018

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.

Deepak has briefed and argued a wide range of statutory and constitutional cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, several state supreme courts, and federal appellate courts nationwide. 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. He was lead counsel this past term in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, arguing on behalf of a group of small merchants in a constitutional challenge to swipe-fees laws brought in the wake of the $7 billion Visa swipe-fee antitrust settlement. More recently, Deepak serves as counsel for the plaintiffs in two cases challenging President Trump's violations of the Constitution's Emoluments Clauses, CREW v. Trump and District of Columbia v. Trump, and for the plaintiff in the leadership dispute at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, English v. Trump.

Before founding his firm in 2012, Deepak served as Senior Litigation Counsel and Senior Counsel for Enforcement Strategy at the CFPB. 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. He received his law degree from Georgetown, studied Sanskrit at Oxford, and received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Fordham.

Deepak is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Justice, the Board of Directors of The Impact Fund, the Advisory Board of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, the Legal Affairs Committee of the American Association for Justice, and the Class Action Preservation Committee of Public Justice.

Alan S. Kaplinsky is a senior partner and Practice Leader of the more than 125-person Consumer Financial Services Group at Ballard Spahr LLP which was recently named by Law 360 a Banking Law Practice Group of the year, in 2017  He devotes his practice exclusively to: (i) counseling financial services companies with respect to bank regulatory and transactional matters, particularly consumer financial services law, and (ii) defending them when they are sued by consumers and governmental enforcement agencies in individual and class action lawsuits.  Alan was the first president of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, an organization founded in order to honor those lawyers who have made substantial contributions to the development of consumer financial services law.  In April of 2016, he received the American College’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is a past chair of the Committee on Consumer Financial Services of the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association.  He has been named as a tier one banking and consumer financial services lawyer in the 2006-2018 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a directory of America’s leading lawyers.  For 23 years, he has annually co-chaired for Practicing Law Institute its Annual Institute on Consumer Financial Services in New York and Chicago.  His group recently received the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards from JD Supra, including the Top Firm Award in Banking and Finance.  Alan earned Top Author honors in Banking and Finance and was ranked #1 in Class Actions.

John is a partner in Bailey & Glasser’s Boston office. His practice is devoted to representing consumers in class actions, challenging unfair and deceptive business practices, and serving as relator’s counsel in qui tam “whistleblower” actions. In the last two decades the settlements in cases he has litigated have returned more than $850 million to consumers harmed by marketplace misconduct. John regularly writes and speaks on class action practice and consumer financial services law, and has published dozens of articles on these topics. He is a fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, and serves on the Consumer Financial Services Law Report. 

Board of Advisors, the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Appleseed Foundation, and the National Consumer Law Center Partners Council. He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the Volunteer Lawyers Project. John has co-chaired PLI’s Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute for the past 17 years.

Julia Strickland’s practice focuses on the defense of class actions and other complex actions, and she is widely recognized as one of the best litigators in the country. The Los Angeles Daily Journal has named her one of California’s “Top Women Lawyers” for over ten years running, and leading corporate counsel named her a “Client Services All-Star” for her “uncanny ability to anticipate opposing counsel,” as well as being “very customer focused and practical” and able to “handle both complex and routine work – it’s rare to find that in a single lawyer.” She has also been repeatedly  recognized by Super Lawyers (for outstanding work in Banking Law and as one of Los Angeles’s Top Women Lawyers), Benchmark Litigation (as both a top California litigator and one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation”), the Los Angeles Times (as one of “Southern California’s Best Lawyers”) and The Best Lawyers in America.

In addition to her experience defending complex and class actions through dispositive motion practice, trial and/or appeal, Ms. Strickland has settled all types of complex and class actions. She is versatile and creative in addressing settlement considerations, both legal and business, and in developing settlement structure options unique to the particular case. She also routinely represents companies in compliance counseling, regulatory proceedings and responding to claims by Attorneys General and other enforcement authorities.

Ms. Strickland is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office, and head of the firm’s national Financial Services/Class Action Practice Group. She is on the short list of lawyers who are called by major financial services companies and retailers when they are confronted with complex issues that put them at substantial economic and reputational risk. Her clients include JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, TransUnion, Discover, American Express, Citigroup, HSBC, PayPal, BMW Financial Services, Zappos and Synchrony Bank, among others.