Ellen Odoner is Co-Head of the Firm’s Public Company Advisory Group, which advises U.S. and foreign public companies on corporate governance, SEC disclosure, financial restatements and internal control matters. She also specializes in merger and acquisition and securities transactions, particularly those with cross-border elements.
Ms. Odoner represents boards of directors, audit committees and other committees of independent directors in complex governance matters, including internal investigations, shareholder activism, leadership transitions, relationships with controlling stockholders, and related party transactions. She also represents the governance bodies of significant not-for-profit institutions.
Ms. Odoner is consistently recognized in Chambers USA, Legal 500 US, Best Lawyers in America and various other publications and was included in the 2019 and 2018 NACD Directorship 100, a list of the 100 most influential people in the boardroom compiled by NACD Directorship magazine. In Chambers USA, clients describe her as “smart, sharp and great at thinking strategically” and as "a most trusted adviser" who is "always thoughtful" and "extremely patient and valuable." She is also praised for being an “incredibly bright, hardworking, big-picture thinker” and “a wonderful resource in very tough situations.” She was named “Best in Corporate Governance” at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards in 2015 and the same year was also named among the “Top Women” for M&A in New York by Super Lawyers. Ms. Odoner is an elected Fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.
Ms. Odoner has extensive experience representing non-U.S. companies in the U.S. and in structuring multi jurisdictional transactions to harmonize U.S. and non U.S. regimes and obtain innovative SEC relief.
Ms. Odoner assisted the Financial Crisis Advisory Group established to advise the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Board on the standard-setting implications of the global financial crisis. She frequently writes and speaks on legal developments affecting public companies and is a regular contributor to Weil’s Governance & Securities Watch.
Ms. Odoner is active in Weil’s diversity and pro bono initiatives. She was the founding chair of Women@Weil. She leads the Firm’s representation of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and serves on its board of directors. She also serves as pro bono counsel to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.