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John C. Celeste

John C. Celeste

John Celeste's practice primarily involves the representation of policyholders (including a number of large publicly traded and privately held companies) in insurance coverage and/or insurance-related disputes arising out of a variety of insurance policies.  On behalf of these clients, John has conducted forensic insurance coverage investigations to locate coverage under policies issued many years ago.  John also regularly advises clients regarding risk management issues, including the procurement and maintenance of insurance assets.

John’s practice also includes defending manufacturers and financial institutions in a variety of litigation matters.  He has experience representing manufacturers in products liability and mass tort litigation involving multiple parties and multiple claims, including claims alleging occupational exposures to asbestos, silica, and other allegedly hazardous substances.  John’s representation of these clients frequently involves reconstructing and analyzing complex corporate histories, and the consequent liabilities, which often date back to the 19th century.  He also has experience representing financial institutions in commercial disputes, including all levels of consumer credit card disputes.  In addition to his litigation experience, John routinely represents clients in regulatory matters before the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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  • Maryland Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars Edition: Selected for inclusion in the area of Insurance Coverage (2010, 2011, 2014)




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