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Celeste H.G. Boyd



  • Yale Law School, J.D.
  • University of Maryland-College Park, B.A., Government & Politics

Celeste H.G. Boyd | Of Counsel

106 S. Churton Street, Suite 200 • Hillsborough, NC 27278 • (919) 307-9991 •


Celeste H.G. Boyd works with The Paynter Law Firm on matters involving primarily antitrust, intellectual property, and consumer protection. She has been heavily involved in the firm's litigation on behalf of consumers against debt settlement companies who prey on finally struggling consumers, as well as litigation on behalf of NCAA student-athletes against the NCAA and Electronic Arts, a videogame maker using athletes' likenesses without their permission.

During law school, Ms. Boyd worked at the Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center in San Francisco, where she worked on lawsuits related to employment discrimination based on national origin. She also worked as a Summer Associate in the litigation division of Morrison│Foerster LLP, and as a Student Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic at Yale Law School helping low-income New Haven residents access legal services.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Boyd worked as a Staff Attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty, where she helped press for legislative and administrative policy changes to help low-income New Mexicans. After she and her husband, a U.S. Army officer, were transferred to a new state for the second time in as many years, Ms. Boyd launched her own freelance legal practice. In that practice, she took on a variety of project based legal work ranging from appellate brief-drafting for solo practitioners, to analyzing legislation for nonprofits, to reviewing licensing contracts for a large corporation.

Ms. Boyd is a member of the bars of New Mexico and North Carolina, and is not licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia or any other state. Her work with The Paynter Lw Firm is based out of the firm's North Carolina office.


  • What a Tangled Family Tree We Weave: Trademarks, publicity rights, and the cross-pollination of First Amendment defenses through video games • Co-authored with Stuart M. Paynter• Journal of Int’l Media & Entertainment Law, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2011–2012)

State Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • New Mexico