Celestine M. Montague


J.D., Temple University School of Law, 1994

  • Moot Court Honor Society Chair and Editor, Best Brief Award-Widener Corporate Law Competition,
  • Finest Advocate-City Solicitors Intern Program
  • Distinguished Performance in Trial Advocacy.

Master’s in Government Administration, University of Pennsylvania, 1992

  • Sweeney Scholar, Teaching Assistant-Finance

B.A., summa cum laude, Dickinson College, 1990

  • Phi Beta Kappa; GPA: 3.8; Rank: 5th; Class of 1875 Prize (Economics)

Admitted to:

New Jersey State Bar

Pennsylvania State Bar

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Celestine M. Montague

Celestine M. Montague

Prior to joining Wright & O’Donnell as a Partner, Celestine Montague represented insurers for twenty years while at White and Williams LLP. Ms. Montague lives with her family in the Philadelphia suburbs. She volunteers for the Homeless Advocacy Project.

Ms. Montague represents insurers in coverage litigation and in various alternative dispute resolution forums. She advises insurers on various types of coverage, including General Liability, Directors and Officers, Professional Liability, Employee Benefits, Employment Practices, E-Commerce, Crime, and Excess Insurance. Ms. Montague also counsels clients on underwriting concerns, and has drafted amendments to occurrence-based, claims-made and reported, and crime forms.

Reported Decisions

G-I Holdings v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., 2007 WL 842009 (D.N.J. March 16, 2007), aff’d 586 F.3d 247 (3d Cir. 2009); Isilon Systems, Inc. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., 2012 WL 503854 (Feb. 15, 2012); Sentinel Ins. Co., Ltd. v. Monarch Med Spa, Inc., 105 F.Supp.3d 464 (E.D. Pa. 2015); Axis Reins. Co. v. HLTH Corp., 993 A.2d 1057 (DE 2010); Fleming Fitzgerald & Associates Limited v. U.S. Specialty Ins. Co., 2008 WL 4425845 (W.D. Pa. Sept. 30, 2008); Pizzini v. Am. Intern. Specialty Lines Ins. Co., 249 F. Supp. 2d 569, 570-71 (E.D. Pa. 2003) aff’d, 107 Fed. Appx. 266 (3d Cir. 2004)(unpublished).


Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

The Philadelphia Loss Conference (PLC)

Speaking Topics

Special Issues in Claims-Made Coverage, October 8, 2015

Insurance Coverage 101 And The Life of a CGL Claim, October 2, 2014

Professional Liability Coverage vs. D&O Coverage with Professional Services Exclusion, October 6, 2011

Underwriting Under the Microscope in Claim Handling and Rescission, October 7, 2009

Special Issues in Claims Made Coverage, September 17, 2008

Mediation, Settlement Negotiations, Trial and Appeal, September 2007