Katya

Nikitina

Associate
700 Milam Street, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77002-2806

Overview

Katya’s practice focuses on corporate, regulatory and data security issues related to the health care field. She regularly advises clients on potential security risks, drafts incident response plans that comply with state and federal laws, and has significant experience navigating the incident response process for healthcare entities. She has defended health systems, hospitals and health plans in regulatory investigations brought by the HHS OCR, attorneys general, departments of health and departments of insurance. Having served as in-house counsel to two international media companies in Moscow, Russia for more than a decade, Katya understands her clients’ perspectives and is able to provide a practical approach and innovative solutions to her clients.

Prior to joining Munsch Hardt, Katya was a health care privacy and compliance associate at a national law firm. She also previously served as an intern with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and was a clerk for a Houston-based law firm where she assisted with handling Qui Tam litigation under the False Claims Act.

Education

Admissions

  • Memberships

    • American Health Lawyers Association
    • Giving Hope Animal Welfare Charity Foundation (Volunteer)
    • Houston Bar Association, Health Law Section (Gender Fairness Committee; Diversity and Inclusion Committee)
    • Houston Law Journal (Editorial Board)
    • Houston Young Lawyers Association (Adopt-an-Angel Program Committee; The Corporate Counsel Committee)
    • Texas Bar Association, Health Law Section
    • Texas Bar College (2020-2021)
    • Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow, 2020-2021)
  • Languages

    • French (fluent)
    • Russian (native)

Overview

Katya’s practice focuses on corporate, regulatory and data security issues related to the health care field. She regularly advises clients on potential security risks, drafts incident response plans that comply with state and federal laws, and has significant experience navigating the incident response process for healthcare entities. She has defended health systems, hospitals and health plans in regulatory investigations brought by the HHS OCR, attorneys general, departments of health and departments of insurance. Having served as in-house counsel to two international media companies in Moscow, Russia for more than a decade, Katya understands her clients’ perspectives and is able to provide a practical approach and innovative solutions to her clients.

Prior to joining Munsch Hardt, Katya was a health care privacy and compliance associate at a national law firm. She also previously served as an intern with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and was a clerk for a Houston-based law firm where she assisted with handling Qui Tam litigation under the False Claims Act.

Experience

  • Data Security + Privacy

    Advised health care clients on responding to data security incidents, including network intrusions, business email

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  • Health Care Fraud

    Represented clients in health care fraud cases under the False Claims Act.

  • Health Care Compliance

    Advised health care clients on compliance with HIPAA, FERPA and False Claims Act. 

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