If you are the subject of a criminal investigation or if you have a pending federal or state criminal case, you deserve an attorney who is experienced, respected, and tested in the law. Celeste focuses her practice exclusively on criminal law matters. As a former Assistant District Attorney in Harris County, a former Assistant United States Attorney, and as a criminal defense attorney Celeste has gained extensive knowledge of the judicial system to provide you the best representation available. Celeste’s experience, respect in the legal community, and proven knowledge of criminal law are reflected by her board certification in criminal law. Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment.
Celeste grew up in the small town of Navasota, Texas. She attended Texas A&M University on a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship, and graduated from A&M with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science. Upon graduation, Celeste moved toHouston where she attended South Texas College of Law where,
- Celeste was named a Dean’s List honors student multiple times,
- Received the “Highest Grade Award” in Juvenile Law and Legal Research & Writing,
- Celeste graduated early, completing the three year law school program in two-and-a-half years, and
- Interned for the Child Abuse Division of the Harris County District Attorney’sOffice.
After graduation, Celeste worked at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney in the trial, post-conviction writ, and appellate divisions. She handled:
- Jury trials for offenses ranging from driving while intoxicated to assault to theft to aggravated robbery to aggravated sexual assault,
- Prosecuting serious offenses such as murder, large scale drug offenses, and large scale theft offenses, and
- Presenting cases to grand jury.
While at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Celeste also worked in specialized units:
- Family Criminal Law Division, for offenses involving domestic violence allegations,
- Juvenile Division, where she handled serious offenses alleged to have been committed by juveniles, including certification hearings,
- Appellate Division, where she wrote appellate briefs and presented oral arguments to the Texas Court of Appeals,
- Post-Conviction Writs Division, where she handled death penalty capital murder writs and Chapter 64 DNA motions
After leaving the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Celeste became an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Western District of Texas. As an AUSA, she
- Learned how the Department of Justice conducts investigations, grand jury presentations, jury trials, criminal forfeitures, and habeas proceedings,
- Prosecuted large-scale narcotics offenses (multi-kilo cocaine, marijuana, and heroin cases), human smuggling, bulk-cash smuggling, and criminal immigration offenses, and
- She tried a jury trial involving a multiple defendant conspiracy to defraud the United States with a false claims offense.
After leaving the United States Attorney’s Office, Celeste began Celeste Blackburn, PLLC, a boutique criminal defense law office. She handles all types of state and federal criminal law matters. Since 2011, Celeste has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization due to her experience, continuing education credits, references, documented trial and appellate work, and after passing a comprehensive, daylong exam. Celeste is currently licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas, the Western District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit. Additionally, Celeste has been asked to present lectures for the National Advocacy Center, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, Montgomery County Criminal Lawyer’s Association, and the Montgomery County Bar Association. Celeste has also served as an adjunct professor with the Lone Star College System teaching Court Systems & Practices. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, Montgomery County Criminal Lawyer’s Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, and the Harris County Defense Lawyer’s Association.
Oma began working for Celeste in 2012 as a paralegal. She is a vital part of our law office. She holds a paralegal certificate from the University of Houston, a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. Oma Wilson grew up in rural east Texas near the town of Van. She spent much of her early adulthood traveling and living in different states: Arizona, California, South Carolina, Vermont, and Alaska. She also lived in South Korea. She enjoys travel and writing. After high school she enlisted in the U.S. Army, where she graduated from the Defense Language Institute. After her service in the military, she returned to college and received her undergraduate degree in History from the University of Houston, Clear Lake.
During her undergraduate studies:
- She won 1st place in impromptu speaking at State competition for Phi Beta Lambda.
- Has poetry and an essay published in Lagniappe at Tyler Junior College and in An Anthology published by Abydos Learning.
In 1997, she went to work for Interlaw, an international association of independent law firms.
There she served as Assistant to the Executive Director, where her duties included:
- The facilitation of communication between managing partners of firms across the globe,
- Editing the association’s publications,
- Planning conferences in exotic locations, and
- Assisting onsite with conferences in Istanbul, Turkey and Seattle, Washington.
After seeing the headquarters successfully relocated to Los Angeles, California, Oma returned home to Texas. In 2000, she worked in the drug and alcohol testing industry, and in 2001, she completed the train the trainer course for Intoximeters. Oma also gave training lecturers on workplace drug and alcohol testing to local school districts and county offices. Oma received her Alternative Teaching Certificate from Kingwood College in 2003, and she went to work for Nimitz High School in Aldine ISD. While teaching at Nimitz High School, Oma:
- Taught all levels of economics including AP Microeconomics,
- Became Department Chair for the Social Studies Department,
- Taught ESL classes and worked with special education students, and
- In 2011-2012, she was campus teacher of the year and runner up for District Teacher of the year.
After years of telling students to follow their dreams, she returned to her first love, law. She won a Houston Association of Legal Professions scholarship and earned a paralegal certificate from the prestigious University of Houston, Paralegal Program. She graduated in the top 10% of her class (3rd) and interned with a Bellaire law firm. In 2012, she began working for the Law Office of Celeste Blackburn. Oma continues to improve her skills as a paralegal by working closely with Celeste in the office and attending CLE’s. She hopes to take her board certification test as soon as she has the required number of years working in the criminal law field.