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Since 1996, insurers have counted on my experience and broad knowledge of insurance issues to provide coverage advice in resolving a large array of claims, including direct action claims, environmental and latent injury claims, business torts and employment-related claims.


From Lugenbuhl’s New Orleans office, Céleste Elliott 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 considerable experience representing insurers as direct action defendants in litigation in Louisiana, along with seeking declaratory relief in Louisiana on behalf of insurers.

Prior to joining Lugenbuhl, Celeste served as a staff attorney with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Outside the Office

When not assisting clients, Celeste relishes the time she spends with her family and enjoys bike riding throughout New Orleans.


  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1994
    • Order of the Coif
    • Judicial law clerk, Honorable Judge Veronica Wicker, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1991


Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana

Professional Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • Best Lawyers (2018-2024)
  • Super Lawyers (2017-2024)
  • Inside New Orleans Reader’s Favorite “Elite Lawyers” (2022-2023)
  • New Orleans Magazine “Top Lawyers” (2019-2021, 2023)

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