Celia M. Kilgard
CELIA M. KILGARD is an associate in the Litigation Department of Taft.
Celia's practice largely focuses on complex business litigation in all levels of state and federal courts. Her practice is diverse including defending and prosecuting litigation matters involving: breaches of contract, business and criminal fraud, construction law, election law and compliance, white collar criminal defense, canon law, personal injury defense, administrative compliance and hearing process, general compliance and regulatory work.
She has represented a variety of different types and sizes of clients as both first and second chair in a range of courtroom settings including appellate oral arguments, injunction hearings, arbitrations, administrative hearings and trial. She has experience with every phase of litigation, from discovery to motions practice to trial and appeal.
Celia focuses on getting practical client driven results and evaluates the objectives of her clients in able to formulate the best approach to handling their litigation needs. She has successfully negotiated favorable settlement results for clients including achieving resolutions for clients prior to filing a formal law suit.
Her courtroom experience was developed first-hand. Prior to joining the firm, she was Staff Attorney to the Honorable Richard A. Frye in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, working on the specialized Commercial Docket.
Celia is actively involved in the community in activities both within and outside the bar. She is actively involved in pro bono service and gives back to young lawyers and law students by serving as both a formal and informal mentor. She is involved in the Columbus Bar Association where she currently is chair of the Common Pleas Committee and is serving on the Board of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County. She has previously served as the co-chair for the New Lawyers Committee and the planning committee member for the Columbus Bar Association’s Barrister’s Leadership Program. She is also active in the Federal Bar Association – Columbus Chapter. Celia also volunteers as a judge for local moot court competitions.
She is the President of the Board of The Ohio State University Dance Team Alumni Society where she was formally one of the Co-Captains during college. She participates in the bike ride against cancer, Pelotonia, and is a member of The Childhood League where she advocates, volunteers, and fundraises for special needs children in our community. Also, during undergrad she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She enjoys taking yoga, cooking, exploring and advocating for the city of Columbus.
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