Employment Law Partners

Celeste E. Culberth


Ms. Culberth represents individuals in employment and civil rights cases, and provides legal advice and training to companies regarding their employment practices. Ms. Culberth began her legal career as a clerk for the Honorable Ancy Morse, the Honorable Debra Jacobson and the Honorable Roger Plunkett, Judges of the Third Judicial District of the State of Minnesota. Ms. Culberth has lectured at local, regional and national legal seminars. She is also a past co-chair of the Lavender bar and an Adjuct Professor at Hamline Law School. She has been named a "Super Lawyer" in the area of Employment Law by Minnesota Law and Politics magazine.

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, University of Minnesota, 1989
Juris Doctor, cum laude, Hamline University School of Law, May 1992

Bar Admissions:
Minnesota Bar, October 23, 1992
Federal District Court, District Minnesota, 1993
Tribal Court Mdewakanton Dakota, Minnesota, 1995
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1999
United States Supreme Court, 2008

Employment Experience:
I have been in active practice for 20 years, with the majority of my experience in employment litigation.  Over the past few years, I have developed a successful mediation practice.    I am a lecturer on employment law issues at state and national conferences.  Since 2005, I have taught as an adjunct professor at Hamline University School of Law.

Board Activities:
Past Board Member and Chair of Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
Past Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Diversity Task Force
Founding Board Member and First Board Chair of WomynUnlimited, Minnesota

Volunteer Activities:
Volunteer attorney with Tubman (f/k/a Chrysalis) Employment Law Clinic
Minnesota United for All Families
Volunteer attorney for Minnesota Aids Project
Volunteer attorney for Cancer Legal Line
Volunteer Amicus Attorney for Lambda Legal


2016 Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year

2012 Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year
2012 National Center for Lesbian Rights Community Partner Award
Multiple Years, Superlawyer

Justin Cummins and Celeste Culberth, “A New Day for the ADA:  How the ADA Amendments Act Restores Accessibility to Justice,” Minnesota Trial Lawyer, Summer 2009

Leslie Lienemann and Celeste Culberth, “Extricating Title VII from the Quagmire of McDonnell Douglas: The Plain Language Solution,” The Hennepin Lawyer, March 1, 2013. 

“Working with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as Plaintiff’s Counsel:  To Intervene or Not to Intervene and Other Cooperating Issues,” 35thAnnual Labor & Employment Law Institute, Fall 2008.

“A New Day for the ADA?,” Minnesota Regional Lavender Law, January, 2009

State Court:  The Place to Be?  The View from Different States, Eighth Circuit National Employment Lawyers Conference, April 2010.

“Retaliation Update,” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, May 2010.

Leslie L. Lienemann


Ms. Lienemann has devoted her career to representing employees in employment and civil rights cases.  Two decades of representing working people throughout Minnesota gives her a broad understanding of the problems they face.  She knows that her clients work hard, and she works hard for her clients.

Ms. Lienemann enjoys working with a diverse client population.   Her clients include people of all ages, colors and abilities, from many countries, who work in many different professions and industries.

Her work on behalf of employees includes service on Board of organizations committed to employee rights.  She is the current President of the Employee Lawyers Association of the Upper Midwest, and serves on the Judicial Nominations Committee of the National Employment Lawyers Association (“NELA”).  She is a past President of the Eighth Circuit Chapter of NELA, and past President of Minnesota NELA.  She has been an active member of the Amicus Curiae Committees of Minnesota NELA and ELA-Upper Midwest since 2002.

2016 Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year

2012 Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year
2012 National Center for Lesbian Rights Community Partner Award
Minnesota Law and Politics “Super Lawyer,” multiple years
Minnesota NELA “Karla R. Wahl Dedicated Advocacy Award” 2008
Minnesota Law and Politics “Rising Star in Minnesota Law” 1998
Hamline University Outstanding Student Leader Award, 1989

Bar Admisssions

Minnesota Bar, October 23, 1992
Federal District Court, District of Minnesota 1993
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals 1996
United States Supreme Court 2007


Ms. Lienemann earned her B.A. in History from Hamline University in 1989, and received her J.D. from Hamline University, cum laude, in 1992.  Her undergraduate degree in history provides a historical framework for her writing, firmly grounding her arguments in state and federal constitutional principles and an understanding and appreciation for the development of civil rights.

Ms. Lienemann is a frequent writer and speaker on issues of worker’s rights.

Volunteer Activities:
Volunteer Amicus Writer for ELA-UM
Volunteer Amicus Writer for MN NELA
Volunteer Amicus Writer for  Lambda Legal
Volunteer Attorney for Minnesota Aids Project

Select publications, legal briefs and presentations:

What is "Sex" Discrimination under Title VII?  The Current Landscape in the Courts and at the EEOC, The 42d Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute, November 2015. 

Employment Law Update, State and Federal, ELA Upper Midwest, January 2015

Breaking Free of McDonnell Douglas, NELA 8th Circuit Conference, 2014.

Extricating Title VII from the Quagmire of McDonnell Douglas:  The Plain Language Solution,  Hennepin Lawyer, March 2014

New Minnesota Employment Laws: Whistles, Boxes, Checks and Wedding Bells, Employment Law Institute November 22, 2013

The Arbitration Trap: Avoiding and/or Attaining Success in Forced Arbitration, moderator, NELA 8th Circuit Conference, 2012 

The Promise of the Minnesota Human Rights Act Denied:  Krueger v. Zeman Construction Company, William Mitchell Journal of Law & Practice, April 15, 2011

Implicit Bias and Title VII: Plaintiff’s Perspective, Ramsey County Bar Association, June 2011

State and Federal Update, Minnesota NELA, September 2011

Updating Your ADA Litigation Strategies in Light of the New Law, Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute 2010 

Defeating Dispositive Motions In Light of Iqbal and Gross, NELA 8th Circuit Conference, 2010

Winning Key Discovery Battles, 2009 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute

Tough RIF Issues—An Advanced Discussion, 36th Annual Labor & Employment Law Institute, November 2009

Tough—and Recurring—Litigation Issues,  35th Labor & Employment Law Institute, November 2008

Implicit Bias and Title VII, NELA 8th Circuit Conference, 2008

A.D.A. or R.I.P? – Breathing Life Into An ADA Claim, NELA 8th Circuit Conference, 2006

Supplemental State Claims, NELA 8th Circuit Conference, 2004


Kelly A. Linse-Hemmelman


Ms. Hemmelman has worked as a paralegal for law firms that specialize in complex litigation, including class actions. For the past twenty years, she has worked almost exclusively with plaintiffs and class members in employment and civil rights cases. Ms. Hemmelman trains other paralegals and staff to work on complex litigation and class cases. She is an integral part of the strategizing and prosecution of each case. She often speaks to and mentors high school and college students who are interested in working as paralegals.

B.A. cum laude Political Science (emphasis legal studies),
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, 1988

A.A., Paralegal, Chippewa Valley Technical College 1988