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Celeste Kling is dedicated to finding positive solutions to difficult situations. She practices in the areas of mediation, children’s advocacy, estate planning and probate, and family and adoption law.

As a mediator, Celeste is encouraged that a high percentage of individuals, couples, families, and businesses with legal issues are deciding to resolve their conflicts through this constructive, non-adversarial approach. Mediation participants have many more creative tools available to them outside of court than are available to the judge in the courtroom who is designing a solution.

Mediation is a much more civilized way of resolving issues than engaging in a bitter court fight, and all participants are overwhelmingly more likely to be satisfied with results that they help to design.  Celeste’s mediation practice includes family law, custody, business, health care issues, employment, probate, elder law, and other legal topics. 

After many years service as a children's advocate, Celeste now brings her experience to the court process as a member of the Early Neutral Assessment (ENA) team for the Eighth Judicial Disrict. Celeste is involved with children’s rights and representation at the state level. She served for eight years on Colorado’s Board of the Office of the Child’s Representative, which oversees payment, training, and standards for most children’s legal advocates in the state. Currently, Celeste is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on Family Issues.

Celeste graduated with an economics degree from Davidson College in North Carolina in 1979 and from the University of Kansas Law School in 1984.  She was an editor on the Kansas Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif.  She clerked for Judge Zita L. Weinshienk on the Federal District Court and has practiced law in Fort Collins since 1986.

In addition to her law and mediation practice, Celeste teaches Families in the Legal Environment at Colorado State University through the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.  She has been an adjunct faculty member since 1997.  She also developed a graduate course for the School of Social Work regarding Conflict Resolution and Mediation of Health Care Issues.

Celeste was awarded the 2010 Professionalism Award by the Larimer County Bar Association.  She is a recent member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Eighth Judicial District and the VALE Board (Victim’s Assistance and Law Enforcement Board) for this district.  She has chaired the Larimer County Bar Association’s pro bono program twice and is a former member of the Judicial Performance Commission.  Celeste was also a publicly-elected member and president of the Board of the Health District of Northern Larimer County for eight years, ending in 2014.