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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. Last term, he argued U.S. Airways v. McCutchen, a complicated case involving questions at the intersection of ERISA, tort law and equity. This term, he will argue Heimeshoff v. Hartford Accident & Life Insurance, a case concerning whether ERISA plans can start the limitations clock running on a beneficiary’s federal statutory claim before that claim can be filed in court. Beyond ERISA, Matt's practice before the U.S. Supreme Court involves both petition and merits stage briefing in a wide range of areas including preemption, arbitration and the environment. Matt also specializes in representing organizational plaintiffs, including municipalities and non-profit organizations. He routinely speaks across the country on issues 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.