Celia E. Van Lenten

Van Lenten Celia

Celia Van Lenten is counsel in Venable's healthcare group. She represents health care providers and suppliers, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, health plans, digital health companies, and service providers in the health care industry in a broad variety of regulatory and transactional matters. Celia's regulatory practice includes such areas as HIPAA, HITECH and state privacy and data security laws; Medicare and Medicaid compliance; healthcare fraud and abuse; healthcare licensure, certification and accreditation; employer wellness programs and on-site medical clinics; medical staff and credentialing matters; and patient care matters. 

Her transactional practice includes provider contracting, managed care contracting, commercial contracting, and mergers and acquisitions.

Since joining Venable, Celia served as the Interim Hospital Counsel for two hospitals within a large, diversified health system in the mid-Atlantic region. In this capacity, she acted as lead counsel to each hospital; advised the hospital presidents, senior management and the Boards of Directors; served on hospital leadership teams; and managed the day-to-day legal needs of the hospitals.

Celia previously served as legal counsel to a large, national pharmacy benefit management company where she provided legal advice on a broad array of regulatory and compliance issues, including Medicare Part D; ERISA; state PBM, utilization review, insurance and pharmacy laws; HIPAA and state privacy laws; and licensure and accreditation. She also drafted and negotiated a variety of complex contracts and other legal instruments on behalf of the company, and assisted in the preparation of proposals for new business.

During law school, Celia was a legal intern with the Johns Hopkins Hospital Legal Department and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of the General Counsel. She graduated with a concentration in Health Law from the Law and Health Care Program at the University of Maryland School of Law.




  • J.D. cum laude University of Maryland School of Law 2008
  • B.A. Economics and Politics Washington and Lee University 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Health Care Compliance Association
  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Health Law Section


  • Selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star Edition, 2016 - 2018


Personal Activities

  • Celia is a member of the Hiring Committee for Venable's Baltimore office and is a former Coordinator for its Summer Associate Program.
  • Celia is a member of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Maryland, Inc.