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  • Yale Law School | Juris Doctor, 2007
  • University of Maryland | B.A. in Government & Politics. Summa Cum Laude
  • University of New Mexico | Attended for two years. GPA: 4.0



The Paynter Law Firm PLLC | Of Counsel
2012 – Present

Work involves primarily litigation relating to consumer protection, intellectual property, and antitrust. Heavily involved in the firm’s litigation on behalf of consumers against debt settlement companies who prey on financially struggling consumers, as well as litigation on behalf of a nationwide class of NCAA student-athletes against the NCAA and video game publisher Electronic Arts, alleging right-of-publicity violations based on the use of athletes’ likenesses without their permission. Co-authored "What a Tangled Family Tree We Weave: Trademarks, Publicity Rights, and The Cross-Pollination of First Amendment Defenses Through Video Games," published in the Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law.

Freelance Attorney
2008 – 2012

Provide high-quality legal research and writing on a wide variety of issues to assist attorneys in their litigation and transactional practices. Cases have ranged from national class actions, to small business disputes, to individual family law cases. Also conducted a 7-month comprehensive review/analysis of licensing contracts for a large corporation. Less traditional projects have included writing for a monthly publication geared toward HR professionals; ghost-writing an op-ed; and policy research to assist nonprofits in strategic planning.

Representative Clients:

  • Hallmark Cards, Inc. (Kansas City)
  • Paynter Law Firm (5-attorney firm, Washington, DC)
  • Southwest Women's Law Center (nonprofit, Albuquerque)
  • Tinnin Law Firm (2-attorney firm, Albuquerque)
  • Law Offices of Clifton Davidson, LLC (solo practice, Albuquerque)
  • Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg & Ives P.A. (10-attorney firm, Albuquerque)
  • Ragsdale Liggett (19-attorney firm, Raleigh)
  • Ellis & Winters (34-attorney firm, Raleigh)

NM Center on Law & Poverty | Staff Attorney | Albuquerque, NM
Oct. 2007 – Nov. 2008

Worked on a variety of systemic advocacy projects on behalf of low-income New Mexicans. Wrote legal and non-legal memoranda; worked with clients and advocates to define the major issues facing their communities; educated low-income communities on public benefits issues; and performed administrative advocacy within the New Mexico Human Services Department.

Morrison | Foerster, LLP | Summer Associate | San Francisco, CA
Summer 2006

Performed legal research, analysis, and writing for the litigation department. Projects included drafting a chapter for a treatise on employee privacy law; writing an Office Action Response to the U.S. Trademark Office; and drafting a brief section for a pro bono § 1983 suit alleging the excessive use of force by police officers. Received offer of permanent employment.

Legal Aid Society--Employment Law Ctr. | Summer Law Clerk | San Francisco, CA
Summer 2005

Researched and wrote legal memoranda and brief sections for the National Origin, Immigration, and Language Rights Program; counseled clients over the phone on employment-related legal issues through the Workers’ Rights Clinic; represented clients in unemployment insurance appeals before Administrative Law Judges of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

Skills & Interests

  • Skills: Strong Spanish language skills (both verbal and written) • Computer skills include advanced Microsoft Office, graphic design and layout using Adobe design software, and web design.
  • Interests: Physical fitness/weightlifting | Singing/songwriting | Graphic design

Skills & Interests

  • Available upon request.

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Celeste is licensed to practice law only in North Carolina and New Mexico.

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