Ellen Smiley advises clients on the complex legal issues that arise in the course of life as a public company.

Ms. Smiley combines her deep technical knowledge with commercial resourcefulness to guide public companies on corporate governance and US securities laws. She helps clients navigate:

  • Disclosure requirements and related considerations
  • Director independence
  • Insider trading restrictions
  • Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainability issues
  • Proxy advisory firm voting recommendations
  • Stockholder proposals
  • Formal and informal US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) inquiries
  • Sarbanes-Oxley
  • New developments, latest rulemaking, and evolving best practices in public company reporting, disclosure, and governance matters

She serves as a trusted advisor to both established and newly listed public companies of all sizes, from emerging companies to Fortune 500 enterprises, spanning diverse industries and jurisdictions. Balancing clients’ unique circumstances and pressure points, Ms. Smiley crafts workable solutions within the parameters of a public company’s regulatory regime and company-specific construct. Her nimble approach in times of volatility helps clients forecast and pre-empt potential issues relating to their business.

A recognized thought leader, Ms. Smiley regularly presents at industry events on topics essential to public companies. Within the firm, Ms. Smiley develops knowledge management tools and resources for the Public Company Representation practice and clients, and consistently garners recognition for these contributions.

Ms. Smiley draws on a unique breadth of experience across a spectrum of industries, advising on public company reporting, governance, and corporate matters. Her representative clients have included:

  • BioXcel
  • BJ’s
  • Duolingo
  • Eloxx
  • Endeavor
  • Evelo BioSciences
  • Farfetch
  • Hilton
  • Immuneering
  • Inspire Medical Systems
  • Manchester United
  • MeiraGTx
  • Mister Car Wash
  • Owlet
  • Peloton
  • SiriusXM
  • Trivago
  • TKO
  • Vacasa
  • Virgin Galactic
  • Virgin Orbit
  • Wallbox

*Certain matters above were handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • New York


  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law
  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison