Attorney Celeste E. Culberth of Culberth & Lienemann, LLP, in St. Paul, regularly assists lawyers and their clients with achieving creative solutions for employment and business civil litigation. She is a Rule 114 qualified mediator and arbitrator.
The Right Mediator
Parties choose mediated settlement to avoid the costs and uncertainties of litigation. Yet, finding the right mediator is often challenging. Experience, knowledge, style, patience, ability to listen to the client, creativity, true neutrality and a proven track record of willingness to work to get the deal done all factor into choosing the right mediator for the case.
Experience and Knowledge
Ms. Culberth has more than 25 years of experience as an attorney. Her background gives her an understanding of the concerns of businesses, employees and a behind-the-scenes understanding of how courts make decisions.
- Ms. Culberth began her legal practice as an attorney judicial law clerk in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District.
- She represented companies and corporations in business civil litigation and employment litigation at the law firm of Kelly & Berens, P.A.
- She is presently a partner at Culberth & Lienemann, LLP, litigating on behalf of employees, advising businesses and litigating school bullying cases.
Ms. Culberth is a frequent lecturer at local, regional and national legal seminars. She is the past president of the 8th Circuit National Employment Lawyers Association and a board member of the Employee Lawyers Association of the Upper Midwest. She taught as an adjunct professor at Hamline School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline) for over a decade.
For multiple years, Ms. Culberth name has been contained on the listing of Super Lawyers in the area of employment law by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine. In the years 2012 and 2016, Minnesota Lawyer selected her as an Attorney of the Year.
Getting The Deal Done
Parties who choose mediation want a mediator who will work to eliminate barriers to achieving a settlement. This takes insight, active listening and proper preparation. Ms. Culberth has a proven track record of discovering potential barriers to settlement before the mediation to give the parties more productive time at the mediation.
Ms. Culberth uses a neutral, facilitative approach to empower the parties to make their own decisions in fashioning their settlements, rather than evaluating and making judgments for the parties. She injects creativity and objectivity into the process to broaden perspectives of what is possible. She believes in creating an environment where the parties feel they have participated in a fair process and feel good about the decisions that they made.