Celeste H.G. Boyd works with Paynter Law on matters involving primarily antitrust, intellectual property, consumer protection, and qui tam litigation. Ms. Boyd’s qui tam litigation work involves representing whistleblowers in litigation against companies and individuals that have filed false or fraudulent claims for payment with the United States or state governments. These fraudulent claims may include Medicare or Medicaid fraud, financial fraud, or government contracting fraud.
Ms. Boyd has also been 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 NCAA student-athletes against the NCAA and Electronic Arts, a videogame maker that used athletes’ likenesses without their permission. This case resulted in a $60 million combined settlement with NCAA and Electronic Arts on behalf of student-athletes.
During law school, Ms. Boyd worked at the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center in San Francisco, where she worked on lawsuits related to employment discrimination based on national origin. She also worked as a Summer Associate in the litigation division of Morrison│Foerster LLP, and as a Student Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic at Yale Law School helping low-income New Haven residents access legal services.
After graduating from law school, Ms. Boyd worked as a Staff Attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty, where she helped press for legislative and administrative policy changes to help low-income New Mexicans. After she and her husband, a U.S. Army officer, were transferred to a new state for the second time in as many years, Ms. Boyd launched her own freelance legal practice. In that practice, she took on a variety of project based legal work ranging from appellate brief-drafting for solo practitioners, to analyzing legislation for nonprofits, to reviewing licensing contracts for a large corporation.
Ms. Boyd is a member of the bars of New Mexico and North Carolina, and is not licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia or any other state. Her work with Paynter Law is based out of the firm’s North Carolina office.
- Yale Law School, J.D.
- University of Maryland-College Park, B.A., Government & Politics
- What a Tangled Family Tree We Weave: Trademarks, publicity rights, and the cross-pollination of First Amendment defenses through video games. Co-authored with Stuart M. Paynter. Journal of Int’l Media & Entertainment Law, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2011-2012).
- 7 Punitive Damages Strategies. Co-authored with Stuart M. Paynter and Robert B. Carey.Trial (April 2019).
STATE BAR ADMISSIONS
- North Carolina
- New Mexico