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Celeste R. Coco-Ewing

Celeste R. Coco-Ewing

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.

New Orleans, LA, USA


Celeste Coco-Ewing is a member in the firm, and serves as chair of the products liability and toxic tort practice group. She practices in all aspects of complex litigation, with a particular focus on defense of national products liability litigation and defense of insurers. Celeste has been recognized by Best Lawyers in the fields of Environmental Litigation and Mass Tort Litigation, by Benchmark Litigation as a “Future Star," by Louisiana Super Lawyers as one of the top 25 women lawyers in the State, and by New Orleans CityBusiness as a leading lawyer in the city. She is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell.

Celeste serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Federal Bar Association and as Editor-in-Chief of the Newsletter of Commercial & Business Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association. In 2014, she was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve a 5 year term on the Committee on Bar Admissions, Character and Fitness Panel. Celeste is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. She is an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy and of Civil Litigation “Boot Camp” at Tulane Law School.  She currently chairs the Board of Directors of KIDsmART, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children through the arts.

Celeste dedicates time to pro bono matters. She is on the Board of Directors for Louisiana Appleseed, and is a past recipient of the Good Apple Award for her pro bono work on a project to ensure homeless children have access to public schools. She recently secured dismissal of a lawsuit against a non-profit organization through the New Orleans Pro Bono Project.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Securities Litigation and Regulation
  • Environmental
  • Product Liability and Toxic Tort

NOTABLE REPRESENTATIONS

  • Trial counsel for medical device manufacturer in two federal multi-district litigations and a consolidated Illinois state-court proceeding involving two separate hip implants.Obtained a defense verdict in Illinois state consolidated proceeding following five week jury trial.Selected as trial counsel for first bellwether case in the MDL.Obtained a defense verdict in first bellwether trial in second MDL on a different hip implant following eight week jury trial.
  • Successful defense of consortium of welding manufacturers in multi-district litigation and state court proceedings resulting in complete defense verdicts in five jury trials, including a four-plaintiff jury trial in Civil District Court for Orleans Parish and four jury trials in federal court in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.
  • Defense of excess insurer in bad faith litigation arising out of BP litigation.
  • Defense of insurer in putative class-action, coverage litigation in Missouri state court resulting in plaintiffs’ dismissal of the action.
  • Defense of foreign mutual insurer of energy assets in litigation over a salt dome fracture and resulting in gas release involving hundreds of millions in alleged damages.

EDUCATION

  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. Summa Cum Laude, 1997
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1990

EXPERIENCE

  • Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.
  • Stone Pigman Walther Wittman, L.L.C.
  • Legislative Staff, Senator John Breaux

CLERKSHIP

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable James L. Dennis, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
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