Celeste E. Culberth

Attorney Profile

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: 2008, 2011 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%)
Attorney Profile

As partner at Culberth & Lienemann, LLP, Celeste E. Culberth handles cases of employment mediation, discrimination litigation and alternative dispute resolution for the people living in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Her services are available to businesses that require training and legal advice for their employment practices, individuals who have been bullied at school or feel their civil rights have been violated, and lawyers and clients as they work through a mediator to find creative solutions during civil litigation.

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 with 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment Litigation (80%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Employment & Labor (10%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2008, 2011 - 2019

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About Celeste Culberth

Admitted: 1992, Minnesota

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


  • Community Partner Award, National Center for Lesbian Rights, 2012
  • Anoka-Hennepin School District Bullying Case, Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2012
  • Superlawyer
  • Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year, 2012 and 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer Amicus Attorney for Lambda Legal
  • Volunteer Attorney for Cancer Legal Line
  • Volunteer Attorney for Minnesota Aids Project
  • Minnesota United for All Families
  • Volunteer attorney with Tubman (formerly known as Chrysallis) Employment Law Clinic

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Implicit Bias in the Court System and Suggestions for Practical Ways to Inoculate Against Its Affects," Eighth Circuit NELA Conference, April 2018
  • "Through the Looking Glass:  Telling Your Story First," Eighth Circuit NELA Conference, April 2016
  • “Retaliation Update,” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2010
  • "State Court:  The Place to Be?  The View from Different States," Eighth Circuit National Employment Lawyers Conference, April 2010
  • “A New Day for the ADA?,” Minnesota Regional Lavender Law, January, 2009
  • “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
  • Leslie Lienemann and Celeste Culberth, “Extricating Title VII from the Quagmire of McDonnell Douglas: The Plain Language Solution,” The Hennepin Lawyer, March 1, 2013
  • 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

Educational Background:

  • University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, 1989
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: 3/4/2019

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