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

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Blockchain Monitor
Blockchain for NASA and IoT, Developments in Crypto Products and Payments, Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacked
By Roger M. Brown, Nicholas C. Mowbray, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
January 18, 2019
In this issue: • The Blockchain Effect: NASA, IoT, Supply Chain and State Initiatives • Blockchain Announcements From Traditional Financial Institutions and Emerging Platforms • Cryptocurrency Exchanges and Payment Providers Announce New...
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New Blockchain Products, an FBI Raid, the $11 Billion Bitcoin Case, Hackers Strike With a 51 Percent Attack and Crypto Tax Analysis
By Roger M. Brown, Heather K. P. Fincher, Nicholas C. Mowbray, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike, Joanna F. Wasick
January 11, 2019
In this issue: • New Cryptocurrency Financial Products and Platforms Announced • An FBI Raid, the $11 Billion Bitcoin Case, and Other Enforcement and Regulatory Actions in the U.S. and Abroad • Hackers Strike With 51 Percent Attack and...
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Studies Analyze Cryptocurrency Market, New Announcements in Payments, Enterprise and Threats
By Roger M. Brown, Heather K. P. Fincher, Shea M. Leitch, Nicholas C. Mowbray, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike
December 21, 2018
In this issue: • Multiple Studies Analyze Recent Cryptocurrency Market Trends • Stablecoins, “Trading Pairs” and Other Developments in Cryptocurrency Payments • Threat Update: Ransomware, Crypto-mining Malware, BTMs and ICO Fraud Schemes •...
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Blockchain Developments: Government and Transport Sector Solutions, Legislation, Payment Applications and Global Enforcement Actions
By Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Roger M. Brown, Heather K. P. Fincher, Simone O. Otenaike, Marc D. Powers, Diana J. Stern, Joanna F. Wasick
December 14, 2018
In this issue: • Blockchain Transport Applications, Public Sector Initiatives, Protocol and Market Developments • Capital Markets Initiatives Continue as US Congress Issues New Research and Two New Bills • Blockchain Payments Networks...
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Blockchain Patents and Patient Data Pilots, Capital Markets Movements, Mining Malware, and More
By Brian P. Bartish, Jonathan D. Blattmachr, Robert A. Musiala Jr., Simone O. Otenaike
December 7, 2018
In this issue: • Blockchain Enterprise Developments in Food Supply Chain, Patient Data, Patents, Mobile Devices and More • Regulation, Investment and a Bad Week for Bitcoin: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Capital Markets Developments •...
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