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 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.

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  • 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.
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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

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Blockchain Monitor
New Blockchain Solutions Debut Amid Enforcement Actions, New FinCEN Guidance and Warnings of "Blockchain Fatigue"
By Brian P. Bartish, Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern
May 17, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Solutions for Supply Chain and Digital Identity Announced Amid Warnings of “Blockchain Fatigue” • Blockchain Capital Markets Diversify Amid ICO Slumps; Regulators Issue New Warnings • FinCEN Issues Guidance, SIM...
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Blockchain Monitor
New Blockchain Solutions Announced Across Industries, Multiple Crypto Enforcement Actions Announced Across Jurisdictions
By Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
April 26, 2019
In this issue: • Banks Announce Blockchain Initiatives, Stablecoins Launch, France Passes New Law • Reports Detail Blockchain Solutions Across Industries, Provide New Data on Growth • New Reports Provide Details on Hacks, Ransomware and...
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Blockchain Monitor
Advancements in Blockchain-Powered Property Sales and Energy Grids; New Stablecoins, Payment Products and Enforcement Actions
By Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike
April 12, 2019
In this issue: • Blockchain Property Records Trial Completed, Energy Grid Project Continues, New Patents Granted • New Stablecoins Announced, New BitLicense Granted, New Crypto Debit Card Launched • Blockchain Capital Markets Solutions...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Developments: Supply Chain, IDs, Financial Products, UN Warnings, Regulator Actions
By Brian P. Bartish, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Joanna F. Wasick
March 15, 2019
In this Issue: • New Blockchain Solutions Seek to Secure Tuna, Ports, Identity and Communications • Institutional Crypto Products and Blockchain Infrastructure Pilots Announced • Crypto Regulators Display Flexibility, Enforcement Agencies...
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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain Pilots Announced, Global Laws Evolve, Exchanges and Payment Processors Make News, Enforcement and Threats Continue
By Brian P. Bartish, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Alexandra Royal, Joanna F. Wasick
March 1, 2019
In this issue: • New Blockchain Projects Announced in Supply Chain and Digital Identity • Blockchain Legal Frameworks Continue to Evolve in the US and Abroad • Headlines From Bitcoin Payment Processors, Decentralized Exchanges and...
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