- Davidson College, B.A.
- The London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc.
- Stanford Law School, J.D.
Bar & Court Admissions
- North Carolina
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
- U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
Areas of Practice
- Civil rights including: wrongful conviction, police misconduct, employment and housing discrimination, personal injury
- Class actions
- Commercial and business disputes
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- North Carolina Bar Association
- North Carolina Governor’s Board of Science, Technology, and Innovation
- North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services
Gagan Gupta joined Tin Fulton Walker & Owen in 2022. After graduating from Stanford Law School, Gagan began his legal career as a clerk to the Honorable Pierre N. Level on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan. Following his clerkship, Gagan returned to his home state of North Carolina to practice law.
Gagan’s practice includes trial and appellate work in state and federal courts in broad areas of civil rights, including wrongful convictions, police misconduct, employment and housing discrimination, and personal injury. Gagan also maintains an active commercial and class action practice, most notably in the areas of insurance and products liability. Gagan’s most notable insurance case – captioned North State Deli v. The Cincinnati Insurance Company, No. 20-cvs-02569 (Durham County, North Carolina) – sought coverage on behalf of North Carolina businesses for Covid-related losses and was the first among thousands of such cases across the nation to achieve a summary judgment ruling in favor of policyholders. This landmark victory was a powerful win for small businesses during an era of economic devastation everywhere (read more about the case, which is currently on appeal, here and here).
Earlier in his career, Gagan worked for a large national law firm where he handled commercial litigation on behalf of Fortune 500 clients with a focus on technology disputes and federal appeals. This experience included a $1 billion jury trial between two technology giants in Silicon Valley which resulted in a favorable settlement for his client during the middle of trial.
Gagan has regularly been recognized by both Super Lawyers and by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly as a North Carolina Rising Star. He is currently a member of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Board of Science, Technology, and Innovation, and currently serves on the board of the nonprofit North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services. Gagan is also an active member of the NC Advocates for Justice and is an alum of NCAJ Next, the organization’s leadership fellowship program.
Gagan grew up in Belmont, NC and went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Davidson College, where he received a full merit scholarship. Prior to law school, Gagan received a masters degree from The London School of Economics, served as White House political appointee in President Obama’s administration, and spent a year assisting with the disaster recovery effort following Hurricane Katrina.
Gagan lives in Durham with his wife Erika Larson and their young son who he drags to pickleball tournaments and art museums with equal fervor.