Celia A. Soehner focuses her practice on counseling public companies and their boards with respect to corporate governance, federal securities, stock exchange, shareholder engagement, and executive compensation matters. Drawing on her previous tenure as an attorney-advisor with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Division of Corporation Finance, Celia has experience with securities disclosure issues that impact public companies’ ongoing reporting obligations and proxy-related matters that impact public companies and their officers and directors. She also advises companies in connection with public capital raising transactions, including through IPOs, secondary offerings, and debt offerings. Celia currently serves as the deputy leader of the firm’s capital markets and public companies practice and co-chairs the firm’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainable business team.
In keeping with Morgan Lewis’s commitment to serving the public good, Celia serves as chair of the Pittsburgh office pro bono committee. Celia also is actively involved in the local arts community, including through her service on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Opera.
A central tenet of Celia’s practice is ensuring that companies and their boards are abreast of the latest disclosure, governance, and regulatory issues and trends. To this end, Celia often presents at events and webinars on topics relating to SEC initiatives and corporate governance and executive compensation hot topics, and helps to lead the Morgan Lewis Public Company Academy.
While at the SEC, Celia received the 2011 Chairman’s Award for Excellence, and was a member of the Rule 14a-8 Shareholder Proposal Taskforce.
Georgetown University Law Center, 2015, LL.M, Securities and Financial Regulation
Brooklyn Law School, 2008, JD
Fordham University, 2005, BA, International Political Economy and French, cum laude
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Corporate Law, Pittsburgh, PA, The Best Lawyers in America (2022)
Recommended, Finance: Capital markets: equity offerings, The Legal 500 US (2021)
Recommended, Finance: Capital markets: debt offerings, The Legal 500 US (2021)