Celia E. Van Lenten

Van Lenten Celia

Celia Van Lenten is a regulatory and corporate transactions attorney who represents healthcare providers and suppliers, medical device and pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, health plans, 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; 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; patient care; and related matters. Celia’s transactions practice includes provider contracting, managed care and 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


  • Included in Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Star Edition, 2016 - 2018



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