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Celeste Koeleveld

New York City Law Department
Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel for Defensive Litigation
New York, NY, USA

Celeste Koeleveld is the Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel for Defensive Litigation at the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel. At the Law Department, she oversees two divisions. One is the Special Federal Litigation Division, which handles mostly federal litigation involving the New York City Police Department and the New York City Department of Correction. The other is the Tort Division, which handles tort litigation against the City in New York state courts.

Prior to joining the Law Department in 2008, Ms. Koeleveld was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she held a number of supervisory positions, including Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief Appellate Attorney in the Criminal Division. In 1999, Ms. Koeleveld received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in connection with her work on a major organized crime and securities fraud case. In addition, in 2007, Ms. Koeleveld was awarded the Stimson Medal by the New York City Bar Association, in recognition of her many years of dedicated and outstanding service to the United States Attorney’s Office.  Ms. Koeleveld also received the New York County Lawyers’ Association Award for Outstanding Public Service in 2013.

Ms. Koeleveld has also served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School, where she taught legal writing and research to first-year students.

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