Celeste E. Culberth

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Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in St. Paul, MN

Culberth & Lienemann, LLP
 | 1050 UBS Plaza, 444 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-290-9300
Fax: 651-290-9305
Selected To Super Lawyers: 1998, 2002, 2008, 2011 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2002
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
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    As partner at Culberth & Lienemann, LLP, Celeste E. Culberth handles employment law litigation matters, including discrimination, whistleblower, and contract breaches and provides legal advice for students who have been bullied at school.  She is also a skilled mediator and arbitrator, qualified under Rule 114. She also provides services to businesses that require training and legal advice for their employment practices. 

    Ms. Culberth is admitted to practice in Minnesota state courts, as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota in 1989, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, then attended Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor in 1992.

    A passionate advocate for the members of her community, Ms. Culberth volunteers as an amicus attorney for Lambda Legal, as an attorney for Cancer Legal Line and for the Minnesota AIDS Project. She volunteered her time to achieve a landmark consent decree in the Anoka-Hennepin Bullying Resolution and was given the National Center for Lesbian Rights Community Partner Award in 2012.  She was named Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year in both 2012 and 2016 and achieved the Circle of Excellence.

    Currently the immediate past president of the Eighth Circuit National Employment Lawyers Association, Ms. Culberth is also the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association’s past chair, a previous member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Diversity Task Force and a current board member for the Employee Lawyers Association of the Upper Midwest. 

     
    Practice Areas
    • 80%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Focus Areas

    Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Arbitration, Mediation

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Super Lawyers: 1998, 2002, 2008, 2011 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2002

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    About Celeste Culberth

    Admitted: 1992, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage: http://www.clslawyers.com/attorneyprofiles/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Anoka Hennepin Bullying Case, Culberth & Lienemann, LLP partnered with the National Center for Lesbian Rights in providing pro bono representation for student, Community Partner Award, National Center for Lesbian Rights, 2012
    • Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year and Circle of Excellence.  Verdict in favor of Banker under MHRA discrimination claim and breach of fiduciary claim, $2.9 Million judgment, including an order for the bank to pay him $100,000 per year as wages for 21 years.  Award of attorneys' fees and costs in excess of $1 million., Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
    • Anoka-Hennepin School District Bullying Case, Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2012
    • Superlawyer

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Minnesota Bar, October 23, 1992
    • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1999
    • Past Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Diversity Task Force
    • Federal District Court, District Minnesota, 1993
    • Board Member of the Employee Lawyers Association of the Upper Midwest
    • Immediate Past President, 8th Circuit National Employment Lawyers Association
    • Past co-chair of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
    • United States Supreme Court, 2008

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer Amicus for Employee Law Association of the Upper Midwest, 2020
    • Volunteer Amicus for Gay and Lesbian Advocates And Defenders (GLAAD) and National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), 2020
    • Minnesota United for All Families
    • Volunteer Amicus Attorney for Lambda Legal
    • Volunteer attorney with Tubman (formerly known as Chrysallis) Employment Law Clinic
    • Volunteer Attorney for Cancer Legal Line
    • Volunteer Attorney for Minnesota Aids Project

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Justin Cummins and Celeste Culberth, “A New Day for the ADA:  How the ADA Amendments Act Restores Accessibility to Justice,” Minnesota Trial Lawyer, Summer 2009
    • Best practices in mediation with LGBTQI parties., Panel Presenter, Elimination of Bias: Mediating with LGBTQI Parties, 2020
    • Leslie Lienemann and Celeste Culberth, “Extricating Title VII from the Quagmire of McDonnell Douglas: The Plain Language Solution,” The Hennepin Lawyer, March 1, 2013
    • “Working with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as Plaintiff’s Counsel:  To Intervene or Not to Intervene and Other Cooperating Issues,” 35thAnnual Labor & Employment Law Institute, Fall 2008
    • “A New Day for the ADA?,” Minnesota Regional Lavender Law, January, 2009
    • "State Court:  The Place to Be?  The View from Different States," Eighth Circuit National Employment Lawyers Conference, April 2010
    • “Retaliation Update,” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2010
    • "Through the Looking Glass:  Telling Your Story First," Eighth Circuit NELA Conference, April 2016
    • "Implicit Bias in the Court System and Suggestions for Practical Ways to Inoculate Against Its Affects," Eighth Circuit NELA Conference, April 2018

    Educational Background:

    • University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, 1989
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    Office Location for Celeste E. Culberth

    1050 UBS Plaza
    444 Cedar Street
    St. Paul, MN 55101

    Phone: 651-290-9300

    Fax: 651-290-9305

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    Last Updated: 10/1/2020

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