Simone O. Otenaike

Associate

Houston
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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 gift for research and analysis to navigate a maze of healthcare laws and transactional matters, including labor and employment, HIPAA, consumer data breach and privacy issues, and general operational concerns.

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  • Drafted 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.
  • Advised hospital executives and medical staff on compliance with HIPAA/HITECH, Stark, anti-kickback and other applicable fraud and abuse laws.
  • Provided legal advice and assisted 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.
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Experience

  • Drafted 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.
  • Advised hospital executives and medical staff on compliance with HIPAA/HITECH, Stark, anti-kickback and other applicable fraud and abuse laws.
  • Provided legal advice and assisted 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.
  • Conducted legal research related to various transactional matters, including labor and employment, HIPAA, consumer data breach and privacy issues, and general operational concerns. Provided legal analysis and opinions on research.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Houston Lawyers Association

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.

Services

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

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The Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Developments: Bitcoin ATMs, Token Listings, Voting Pilots, Shipping Competition, Global Enforcement, Tax and More
By Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Roger M. Brown, Heather K. P. Fincher, Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
November 9, 2018
In this issue: • NY DFS Grants License to Bitcoin ATM Operator, Exchanges Make Announcements • Capital Markets Developments in Regulatory Guidance, Value of ICO Offerings and Banking • Blockchain Pilots for Voting and Supply Chain, Global...
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The Blockchain Monitor
Global Blockchain Developments: Zero-Knowledge Proofs on Ethereum, New Foreign Regulatory Frameworks, Continued Enforcement Actions
By Simone O. Otenaike, Jaime B. Petenko
November 2, 2018
In this issue: • Supply Chain and Banking Pilots Expand, Zero-Knowledge Proofs Meet Ethereum • Cryptocurrency Exchange Announcements, Malta Blockchain Laws Take Effect • Global Developments in Enforcement, Regulatory Frameworks and Court...
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The Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Developments: Government, Wine, Journalism, Asset-Backed Tokens, SEC Enforcement and More
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Marc D. Powers
October 12, 2018
In this issue: • U.S. and International Governments Address Smart Ports, Smart Cities, and Cryptocurrencies • Blockchain Enterprise Developments in Wine, Journalism, Real Estate and Mining • Blockchain Tokens Backed by Real-World Assets...
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The Blockchain Monitor
Global Blockchain Developments in Enforcement, Payments, ICOs and Enterprise
By Njeri S. Chasseau, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Panida A. Pollawit
October 5, 2018
In this issue: • Cryptocurrency Enforcement Actions Continue Across the Globe • Multiple Blockchain Announcements for Asset-Backed Tokens, Payments and Exchanges • Lawmakers Seek Clarity on ICOs as New Research Is Published • Enterprise...
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The Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Developments: NY AG Issues Report, Major Japanese Exchange Hacked, Global Attitudes Diverge and Use Cases for Social Good Emerge
By John C. McIlwee, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern
September 21, 2018
In this issue: • New York Attorney General Issues Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative Report • Major Hack of Japanese Exchange, Multiple U.S. Enforcement Actions • Blockchain Capital Markets Solutions Advance, Global Regulations Diverge •...
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