Celeste A. Hill


Location: Chicago, IL

Phone: 312.606.7690


Celeste A Hill is a seasoned counselor and trial attorney with a broad experience handling complex commercial matters, including the representation of domestic and foreign markets in major property insurance disputes and the prosecution and defense of liability claims in the construction and products liability fields. She is a shareholder in the Chicago office of Clausen Miller P.C. where she has practiced since 1986. She routinely represents commercial property insurers in bad faith litigation. Her litigation experience also includes the handling of banking and intellectual property disputes.

Celeste is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. She has tried cases to verdict in several venues and has appeared pro hac vice in litigation pending in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska and Missouri. She has written and spoken on a wide variety of topics in which she practices.

Celeste graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982, where she was an Edmund James Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1986, she received her Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University. She is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations and the International Association of Defense Counsel. She is currently Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Property Insurance Law Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor bestowed on less than one percent of American lawyers.

Celeste has an AV® Preeminent™ rating with Martindale-Hubbell, indicating the highest ranking in legal ability and ethical standards as determined by her peers in the legal community.


  • J.D. Northwestern University School of Law, 1986
  • A.B. University of Illinois, 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois


  • American Bar Association- Vice Chair, Property Insurance Law Committee
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Chicago Bar Association- Former Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • University of Illinois President's Council
  • Distinguished Alumni Award - University of Illinois- Department of Psychology - May 2014


  • Martindale Hubbell AV® rating
  • Leading Lawyers, 2020
  • Chicago

    Illinois 60603

    10 South LaSalle Street

    Chicago, Illinois 60603

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  • New York

    New York 10005

    28 Liberty Street 39th Floor

    New York, New York 10005

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  • Irvine

    California 92614

    17901 Von Karman Avenue

    Suite 650

    Irvine, California 92614

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  • Florham Park

    New Jersey 07932

    100 Campus Drive

    Florham Park, New Jersey 07932

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  • Michigan City

    Indiana 46360

    200 Commerce Square

    Michigan City, Indiana 46360

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  • Appleton

    Wisconsin 54914

    4650 W. Spencer Street

    Appleton, Wisconsin 54914

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  • Stamford

    Connecticut 06902

    68 Southfield Avenue

    2 Stamford Landing Suite 100

    Stamford, Connecticut 06902

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  • Tampa

    Florida 33609

    4830 West Kennedy Boulevard, One Urban Center

    Suite 600

    Tampa, Florida 33609

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  • Orlando

    Florida 32801

    618 E. South Street

    Suite 500

    Orlando, Florida 32801

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  • San Francisco

    California 94111

    100 Pine Street

    Suite 1250

    San Francisco, California 94111

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