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Céleste focuses on several insurance coverage practice areas including third-party insurance coverage, general liability, environmental and toxic tort liability coverage, and marine insurance coverage.

Céleste represents insurers in connection with insurance coverage and bad faith disputes involving a variety of matters including environmental and latent injury claims, business torts, and labor- and employment-related claims. In addition, she has significant experience representing insurers as direct action defendants in litigation in Louisiana.

Céleste graduated from Tulane University Law School in 1994. During law school, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Judge Veronica Wicker at the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. Prior to joining Lugenbuhl, Celeste served as a staff attorney for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.


  • Pan-American Life Center, Suite 2775
    601 Poydras Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130


  • Tulane University, J.D., graduated 1994
  • University of Virginia, B.A., graduated 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, Virginia
  • Maryland, Maryland
  • Louisiana, Louisiana


  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel - Member
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel - Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Member
  • New Orleans Bar Association - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Insurance Law


  • New Orleans Top Lawyers (2019-2021)
  • Super Lawyers 2017-present
  • Best Lawyers 2018-present

Practice Areas

  • General Liability Coverage
  • Marine Insurance Coverage
  • Construction Defect Liability Coverage
  • Professional Liability Coverage
  • Employer's Liability Coverage
  • Public Sector Coverage
  • Bad Faith ClaimsEnvironmental & Toxic Tort Insurance Coverage

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