Simone O. Otenaike

Associate

Houston
T +1.713.646.1365
F +1.713.751.1717

Overview

Diligent, inquisitive, persistent -- the traits frequently ascribed to Simone Otenaike are worthwhile for any good attorney. However, Simone’s strengths are particularly crucial to her developing healthcare practice. A technology enthusiast with a background in cognitive science, clients rely on Simone’s experience with regulatory and transactional matters, primarily in the healthcare and life sciences industries, to navigate the maze of healthcare laws and general operational concerns. Simone has experience assisting pharmacy, wholesaler and third-party logistics provider clients with navigating state licensing and pharmacy practice act issues. Her background also includes counseling clients on data privacy and security, as well as fraud and abuse matters.

Select Experience

  • Advises pharmacy, wholesaler and third-party logistics provider clients on state licensing issues and compliance with state pharmacy practice laws.
  • Counsels human and veterinary pharmaceutical, medical device and food manufacturers on issues related to registration, compliance and import/export customs issues.
  • Counsels clients on post-closing compliance obligations, develops and implements compliance programs, and manages compliance through multi-state growth.
More »

Experience

  • Advises pharmacy, wholesaler and third-party logistics provider clients on state licensing issues and compliance with state pharmacy practice laws.
  • Counsels human and veterinary pharmaceutical, medical device and food manufacturers on issues related to registration, compliance and import/export customs issues.
  • Counsels clients on post-closing compliance obligations, develops and implements compliance programs, and manages compliance through multi-state growth.
  • Counsels clients on pharmaceutical issues, including drug pricing and drafting pharmacy benefit management and participation agreements.
  • Advises food and dietary supplement manufacturers on transactional and compliance matters, including registration, labeling, advertising, inspections and recalls.
  • Advises private equity groups and alternative lenders in the healthcare industry on the regulatory risks of potential investments, and negotiates transactional documents to minimize high-risk regulatory concerns.
  • Drafts documents related to the formation of hospital-physician business partnerships and healthcare joint ventures, hospital-physician recruitment agreements, physician employment agreements, business associate agreements, clinical affiliation agreements and technology service agreements.
  • Advises hospital executives and medical staff on compliance with HIPAA/HITECH, Stark Law, anti-kickback and other applicable fraud and abuse laws.
  • Advises healthcare payor and provider organizations with the investigation, response, legal obligations and risks that arise from data security incidents, including breach notification and regulatory response.
  • Counsels clients on various transactional matters, including labor and employment, HIPAA, consumer data breach and privacy issues, and general operational concerns. Provides legal analysis and opinions on research.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Houston Lawyers Association

Blog Posts

Community

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas: Volunteer (2017 to present)
  • Girls Empowerment Network: Volunteer (2016 to present)
  • YMCA of Austin: Board Member (2016)
  • Family Dinner Foundation
    • Board Member (2016 to present)
    • Host (2015)
  • AMP360: Volunteer (2015 to present)

Pro Bono

  • In conjunction with the South Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas Rio Grand Legal Aid, drafted wills and assisted pro se petitioners with documents for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Developed materials for the University of Texas School of Law expunction clinic and School-to-Prison Pipeline Project, which helps eligible community members expunge their criminal members.

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable Judge Lora Livingston, 261st Judicial Civil District Court: Judicial Intern (2013)

Admissions

  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2015; Texas International Law Journal: Staff, Development Committee; National Black Law Students Association, National Convention Coordinator; Pro Bono Scholars Program; National Association of Women Judges Access to Justice Scholarship
  • B.A., Cognitive Science, Rice University, 2008

Languages

  • Yoruba

Blog

In The Blogs

Previous Next
Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Continues to Disrupt Across Industries, Cryptocurrency Services Expand, Malware Threats Identified
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern
September 13, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Clearing, Settlement, Custody and Capital Markets Developments • Cryptocurrency Exchanges and Payment Applications Continue to Expand Services • Blockchain Pilots for Mortgages, Recycling, Supply Chain and...
Read More ->
Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Developments: Energy Grids, Automobiles, Stablecoins, International Regulations, SEC Enforcement
By Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Joanna F. Wasick
September 6, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Developments for Energy Grids, Automobiles, Enterprise Protocols • International Developments in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Regulation • NY DFS Approves Gold-Backed Stablecoin, Financial Institutions Pursue...
Read More ->
Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain for Beer Advertising and the Air Force, DOJ Tackles Crypto Crimes, More Payment Initiatives Announced
By Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike
August 30, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Applications for Beer Advertising, Hotel Booking and the U.S. Air Force • Traditional and Emerging Blockchain Payments Firms Receive Licenses, Complete Pilots • Multiple Enforcement Actions Against Crypto...
Read More ->
Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Financial and Capital Markets Initiatives, U.S. Enforcement Across Agencies, Ethereum Vulnerability Paper Published
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
August 23, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Capital Markets Platforms Achieve and File for Regulatory Approvals • New Initiatives by Cryptocurrency Exchanges, Payment Platforms and Financial Institutions • U.S. Enforcement Actions Continue from OFAC, SEC...
Read More ->
Blockchain Monitor
ICO Enforcement Actions, Applications for Wine and Web Browsers, AML Analyses
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike
August 16, 2019
In this issue: • Multiple ICO Enforcement Actions by SEC and State Regulators • Blockchain Applications for Enterprise Networks, Wine, Web Browsers and Drones • Blockchain Analytics Firms Publish Reports, Details Emerge on North Korea...
Read More ->