Celeste M. Harris

Attorney & Partner

Celeste Harris is a former registered nurse skilled in reading, interpreting and explaining medical communication. She has practiced in workers’ compensation and personal injury for more than 27 years.

Areas of practice
  • Personal Injury – car accidents, construction, falls, pharmacy errors, head injury

  • Social Security Disability

  • Workers’ Compensation

  • Mediation and Arbitration

Certified Legal Specialties
  • Workers’ Compensation Board Certified Specialist, North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization

  • Mediator, The Dispute Resolution Commission of North Carolina

Bar Admissions
  • North Carolina, 1991

  • U.S. District Court, 1993

Education
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, visiting student - 1991

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D. St. Louis, Missouri - 1991, Law Review: Saint Louis University Law Review. 1990

  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, B.S.N. - 1983. Major: Nursing

Honors and Awards
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2015 ( https://www.martindale.com/ratings-and-reviews/)

  • Super Lawyers, selected for inclusion in the North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine editions, 2009-2017

  • Volunteer Attorney of the Year, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc., 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Forsyth County Bar Association, Member, Ethics & Grievance Committee (2002-2005); Member, Fee Dispute Resolution Committee (2009-Present, Chair 2015 to present)

  • Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association, President 1998, 1998 - Present

  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc (LANC) , Board of Directors , 2007 - 2014

    • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc (LANC), Vice Chair, 2009 - 2011

    • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc (LANC), Chair, 2011 - 2013

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Board of Governors, 2000-2006,

  • NCAJ Mock Trial, Regional Coordinator, 1992-2008; State Coordinator, 2007-2008

  • Joseph Branch Inn of Court, Wake Forest University, 1991 - 2001

  • The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA), 1991 - Present

  • North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA)

  • Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG)

  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (NCAWA)

Published Works

  • Note, Statutory Regulation of Nurse Staffing Agencies: Can Quality Healthcare be Assured Without it?, 34 St. Louis U.L.J.1131, 1990

  • A Case for Attending the Injured Worker Client’s Medical Examination, Trial Briefs, July, 2000

  • The Quests for Equal Access to Justice in North Carolina, The North Carolina State Bar Journal, Spring, 2012

Classes/Seminars

  • Frequent Speaker, Continuing Legal Education and Community Programs

  • Workers' Compensation Update, Counsel on Education in Management, 1999

  • Who's On First and Where Does This Go? How to Organize Medical Records, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Legal Assistants, Summer Conference, 2000

  • Protecting the Confidentiality of Medical Information: A Call to be Attentive and Proactive, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2001

  • The In's and Out's of Workers' Compensation Practice Case Basics: Selection and Development, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2001 - 2002

  • You've Passed the Bar...Now What?, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2001 - 2002

  • Non-Consensual Communication with the Treating Doctor, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2002

  • TTD After MMI, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Convention, 2002

  • Confidentiality of Medical Records in North Carolina, Lorman Education Services, July 24, 2003

  • Workers' Compensation in North Carolina, Lorman Education Services, July 21, 2004

  • Management of Medical Records in North Carolina, Lorman Education Services, May 17, 2005

  • Workers' Compensation in North Carolina, Lorman Education Services, July 13, 2005

  • Public Benefits Law Task Force Meeting, Medical Terminology Basics, Legal Aid of North Carolina, March 22, 2007

  • Rules of the Road with Experts, Vocational Experts, NCAJ, February 22, 2011

  • Workers' Compensation Roundtable, Determining Whether Settlement is in Your Client's Best Interest, March 4, 2011

  • Social Security, A Primer for a New Decade, NCAJ, March 18, 2011

  • Social Security Disability – the Fundamentals, Workers’ Compensation, NCAJ March 20, 2015

  • The Effect of Workers’ Compensation and Other Disability Benefits on SSDI, NCAJ December 2017