Celia E. Van Lenten

Van Lenten Celia

Celia Van Lenten is a health care attorney who represents healthcare providers and suppliers, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, managed care organizations, group health plans, telemedicine companies, digital health companies, and healthcare service providers in a variety of regulatory and transactional matters. Celia's regulatory practice includes HIPAA, HITECH, and state privacy and data security laws; healthcare fraud and abuse, including the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, the False Claims Act, and similar state laws; Medicare and Medicaid compliance for participating providers and managed care organizations; healthcare licensure, certification, and accreditation; state corporate practice of medicine and fee-splitting laws; telemedicine; employer wellness programs and on-site medical clinics; medical staff and credentialing matters; and patient care matters. Celia's transactions practice includes provider contracting, managed care contracting, commercial contracting, and mergers and acquisitions.

Since joining Venable, Celia has 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 boards of directors; served on hospital leadership teams; and managed the day-to-day legal needs of the hospitals.

She previously served as legal counsel to a large national pharmacy benefit management company, where she provided legal advice on regulatory and compliance issues, including Medicare Part D; ERISA; state PBM, utilization review, and 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.




  • J.D. cum laude University of Maryland School of Law 2008
    • Legal intern, Johns Hopkins Hospital Legal Department
    • Legal intern, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the General Counsel
  • B.A. Economics and Politics Washington and Lee University 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Hiring Committee for Venable's Baltimore Office
  • Former Coordinator, Venable’s Summer Associate Program
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, Health Care Compliance Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association, Health Law Section


  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Maryland, 2016 – 2021



  • Member, Board of Directors, Special Olympics Maryland, Inc.