Matt Wessler

Staff Attorney


Matt Wessler is a staff attorney at Public Justice. He concentrates on litigating precedent-setting cases involving significant issues affecting the public interest. He has briefed and argued high profile cases at all levels of both state and federal court and his practice encompasses a broad range of areas, including employee and consumer rights, the environment, and tort law.   

He is one of only a small handful of non-government lawyers to argue multiple cases in the U.S. Supreme Court before turning 35, including two major ERISA cases, U.S. Airways v. McCutchen and Heimeshoff v. Hartford Accident & Life Insurance. He is currently counsel in a number of cert.-stage cases, and frequently handles cases when they have been referred to the Office of the Solicitor General. Outside of the Supreme Court, Matt's practice involves a wide range of areas including ERISA, insurance law, preemption, arbitration, banking, and bankruptcy. He is counsel in CashCall, Inc. v. Moses, an important case involving the conflict between the Bankruptcy Code and the Federal Arbitration Act now pending in the Fourth Circuit and Rouse v. Wells Fargo, N.A., a case in the Ninth Circuit concerning a national bank’s ability to remove state-law claims filed against it into federal court. He routinely speaks across the country on topics affecting consumers, employees, the environment, and access to justice.

Before coming to Public Justice, Matt was an associate at the law firm Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., and clerked on the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Williams College. Matt is admitted to the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia and numerous federal courts.