Katya Nikitina

Associate

Houston
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Overview

Katya Nikitina focuses her practice on healthcare law and compliance, with an emphasis on breach response and preparedness. She helps clients identify potential security risks and develop a response plan that will comply with state and federal laws. Her experience in representing clients and individuals in various commercial healthcare matters on both the plaintiff and defense sides allows her to guide her clients through the incident response process and mitigates the impact that results from a data breach. Having served as an in-house counsel for over a decade, she understands a client's perspective and addresses their concerns as she helps them navigate the legal process. Katya has both domestic and international experience, and she has a thorough, practical approach to the solutions she proposes to her clients.

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  • Advised healthcare clients on responding to data security incidents, including network intrusions, business email compromise and phishing, malware deployment, inadvertent disclosure, and stolen devices.
  • Represented clients in health care fraud cases under the False Claims Act.
  • Assisted in drafting and evaluating legal and policy documents for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Medicaid and Medicare programs.
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Experience

  • Advised healthcare clients on responding to data security incidents, including network intrusions, business email compromise and phishing, malware deployment, inadvertent disclosure, and stolen devices.
  • Represented clients in health care fraud cases under the False Claims Act.
  • Assisted in drafting and evaluating legal and policy documents for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Medicaid and Medicare programs.
  • Participated in a 50 state research project for a large medical center to analyze utilization review and internal/external appeal process.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Houston Law Journal: Editorial Board
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Texas Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Texas Bar Foundation: Fellow (2020 to 2021)
  • Houston Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of Texas LeadershipSBOT (2019 to 2020)
  • Texas Bar College

Community

  • Giving Hope Animal Welfare Charity Foundation: Volunteer

Industries

Prior Positions

  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission:  Legal Intern (2018)
  • Media Group Jivi, Moscow, Russia: Intellectual Property Senior In-House Counsel (2006 to 2016)
  • District Court, Moscow, Russia: Judicial Clerk (2004)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Texas

Education

  • LL.M., Health Law, University of Houston Law Center, 2018
  • B.B.E., Jurisprudence, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2006

Languages

  • French
  • Russian