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Of Counsel

Celeste H.G. Boyd

Celeste H.G. Boyd has worked with Paynter Law since 2011 on matters involving primarily consumer protection, antitrust, and intellectual property. She is heavily involved in the firm's class-action litigation on behalf of consumers against Volkswagen, after the company admitted to designing its "clean diesel" vehicles to cheat on emissions tests. Ms. Boyd's work with the firm has also included litigation against LG Chem on behalf of individuals injured by exploding lithium-ion batteries, litigation on behalf of consumers defrauded by debt settlement companies, and litigation on behalf of NCAA student-athletes whose likenesses were used in video games without their authorization.
Celeste H.G. Boyd
experience accomplishments credentials

During law school, Ms. Boyd worked at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco, where she helped represent clients subjected 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 civil legal services primarily in the areas of employment and family law.

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, taking on a variety of project-based legal work – from drafting appellate briefs, to analyzing legislation for nonprofits, to reviewing and auditing copyright licensing contracts for a large corporation.

She began working for Paynter Law as a freelancer in 2010, transitioned to full-time Of Counsel in 2011, and has been with the firm ever since, helping to expand the firm’s complex litigation and consumer protection practices.

$60 million settlement

Alongside Court-appointed lead counsel, Ms. Boyd helped achieve a $60 million settlement on behalf of student athletes whose names and likenesses had been used in videogames produced by Electronic Arts. $20 million of that amount was paid directly by the NCAA representing one of the first, if not the first, time that the NCAA has ever paid a student athlete for the use of his or her name, image, or likeness.

$15 million settlement

Ms. Boyd was part of the legal team that brought a class-action lawsuit against the insurance company that issued surety bonds backing the business licenses of a debt settlement company known as Meracord. After continually insisting that their surety bonds did not cover the claims of the consumers we represented, the insurance companies ultimately ended up paying out over $15,000,000 – representing nearly 90% of their maximum total exposure on the bonds.

Publications & Presentations

  • “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 Paynter. Journal of Int’l Media & Entertainment Law, Vol. 4, No. 1.
  • “7 Punitive Damages Strategies. Co-authored with Robert Carey & Stuart Paynter. Trial Magazine (April 2019)

Education

  •  Yale Law School, J.D.
  •  University of Maryland-College Park, B.A., Government & Politics

Admitted to Practice

  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina

Membership

  • American Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Military Spouse JD Network