It is with heavy hearts we share with you the passing of our colleague and friend Deepak Gupta on March 22, 2021. Deepak is survived by his wife, their three children, his parents, and his brother.
No words can capture the enormity of this loss. Deepak was a brilliant and trail-blazing attorney. A symbolic systems major at Stanford University, a successful software entrepreneur before law school, and a researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, he was a pioneer in internet and digital copyright law. Against all odds, Deepak set an important precedent in the hiQ Labs case limiting the ability of large corporations to control access to publicly available data that does not belong to them, sending shockwaves through the halls of major social media platforms. Deepak’s expertise was recognized early in his career. As an associate, he was referred a major federal digital copyright litigation by a prominent BigLaw partner. To this day, he set the standard for business development against which all prospective partners are measured. Deepak’s talent for business development was a natural product of his eclectic friendships, passion for his practice, and business savvy. There was no limit to what he would have accomplished in a career that was cut far too short.
Deepak was the best possible friend. The many, many friends he made at each stage of his life will remember his talent for friendship, humility, humor, curiosity and wide-ranging interests, global perspective, and the sheer joy of his company. From his college band at Stanford, “Ilaaka,” to his Harvard Law intramural basketball team, “Well Hung Jury,” Deepak lived life to the fullest. He hosted the party; he organized the dinner; at the BBQ, he was behind the grill. His interests were vast in range; you could spend hours talking to Deepak and the conversational well would never run dry, whether it was tennis, the Supreme Court, Borat, or politics. He was fascinated by the world. While many of his law school classmates applied for federal clerkships, Deepak chose to clerk on the Constitutional Court of South Africa for famed activist and jurist Albie Sachs, where he bridged U.S. and South African constitutional law and spent free time immersed in African culture and swimming with whale sharks. The outpouring of love and support from across the Bay Area, the country, and the world the past weeks is a testament to what a beautiful life Deepak led.
While we have lost a colleague and a dear friend, Deepak’s traits – his brilliance and conviviality, his business acumen and love of life – will live on in who we are as individuals and who we are as a firm. He will be greatly missed across our firm.
If you would like to pass on your condolences to Deepak’s family, please visit the online memorial board, here.