Kenya Woodruff



Education and Clerkships

J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1999

B.A., Philosophy and Political Science, Emory University, 1996, J. Gordon Stipe Society Scholarship


Texas, 1999

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas


At Haynes and Boone, Kenya Woodruff is chair of the Healthcare Practice Group. Her practice is dedicated to healthcare regulatory counsel and the design and execution of related merger, acquisition and joint venture strategic partnerships. Kenya focuses on the creation and maintenance of compliant healthcare operations and structures for physicians, hospitals, home health and hospice providers, including accountable care organizations and clinically integrated networks. Her practice also includes advice on compliance with HIPAA/HITECH, Stark, anti-kickback and other applicable fraud and abuse laws. Kenya also serves as the chair of the firm’s Attorney Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, Kenya served as Deputy General Counsel at the Dallas County Hospital District d/b/a Parkland Health & Hospital System. She was the lawyer primarily responsible for government investigations and provided legal support and consult for the hospital's daily operations. Before joining Parkland, in addition to her experience as outside counsel to healthcare entities, Kenya was the Vice President of Compliance and Associate General Counsel for a national radiology services company.


Chambers USA

Haynes and Boone Shines in 2018 Chambers USA Rankings

More than 50 Haynes and Boone lawyers and 18 practice areas have been recognized in the 2018 Chambers USA legal directory published by Chambers & Partners.

Selected Client Representations

  • Represented national hospital system in the acquisition of a hospital system in San Antonio, Texas, including necessary licensure change of ownership applications
  • Represented a Texas entity in the formation and implementation of chiropractic practice management entities in Ohio, Illinois and Washington
  • Represented an accountable care organization having more than 350 independent physicians and an investor entity in the formation, application process and operational phases
  • Represented group of physicians in the formation of a tax-exempt 501(c)(6) physician alliance designed to encourage best clinical practices and to improve the quality of care for patients in North Texas
  • Represented psychiatric hospital in the negotiation of a management agreement for services rendered in the psychiatric emergency department at a large public hospital system
  • Represented investors and operators in the formation of 5.01(a)-type non-profit health organizations
  • Represent a Dallas-based physician group in negotiations with a Texas hospital district to outsource the provision of emergency medical services for county hospitals and provide graduate medical education programs for medical residents and fellows
  • Represent a managed care company that markets and administers health insurance in various internal investigations regarding regulatory compliance
  • Represent a primary care provider in the restructuring of an urgent care clinic acquisition
  • Represent primary care provider in acquisition of physician group practices
  • Represent primary care clinics in investigation initiated by Medicaid managed care entity
  • Provide routine operations counsel for the North Texas division of a national hospital system
  • Provide HIPAA compliance advice and training for hospitals, clinics, electronic patient population management companies, and other business associates
  • Provide counsel and assistance with application for payment under the Texas Uncompensated Care Program


Health Law Vitals

Health Law Vitals - A Healthcare Newsletter from Haynes and Boone

The Haynes and Boone Health Law Vitals Newsletter explores significant developments and legislation in healthcare law. This edition discusses healthcare hazards involving medical records during bankruptcy, a ninth circuit decision that impacts settling FCA defendants, an update on telehealth in Texas, and guidance on how to avoid FCA liability for firms investing in healthcare companies.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, as an "Up and Coming" lawyer for Healthcare (Texas) 2015; Healthcare (Texas) 2016-2018
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Tax Law, 2019
  • Recognized as one of the National Women's Council Top 15 Business Women, 2017
  • Featured in D Magazine's Best Lawyers in Dallas list for Healthcare Law, D Magazine Partners, 2014-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, in Healthcare Law, 2009 and 2013
  • Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Public Member, 2005-current; appointed by Governor to a six-year term in 2005; Reappointed in 2011
  • George Washington University Associate's Certificate in Contract Management, 2009

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Value-Based Payments in a Fee-for-Service World: Compliance with Physician Payments," co-presenter, American Health Lawyers Association, Annual Meeting, June 26, 2018.
  • “Survival Strategies for Physician-Owned Entities,” UT Health Law Conference, April 5, 2018.
  • “A Balancing Act: Alternative Payment Models and Physician Compensation,” co-author, The Health Lawyer, Volume 30, No. 1, October 2017.
  • “MACRA and the New Model of Provider Reimbursement,” co-author, The RAP Sheet (an AHLA Practice Groups Newsletter), June 2017.
  • Recent Developments in Food and Drug Law, 2016 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Dealing with Increased Enforcement, Keeping Up-To-Date with FDA Requirements, and Developing Compliance Practices (Inside the Minds)
  • “Achieve Cost and Health Outcomes by Incorporating Behavioral Health,” presentation, 2015 ACO Provider Management & Network Building Summit, December 8-9, 2015.
  • “Consolidation or Coordination? FTC and DOJ Guidance on the Future of Mergers and ACOs,” presentation, 13th Annual Washington Health Law Summit Conference, December 7-8, 2015.
  • “Reimbursement Changes Driving New Healthcare Delivery Models,” presentation, AAPC Richardson Texas Chapter, May 23, 2015.
  • “Hot Topics In Federal Health Law,” presenter, American Bar Association Health Law Program, May 15, 2015.
  • “New Models of Delivering Healthcare: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?” co-presenter, 27th Annual Health Law Conference, April 29, 30 – May 1, 2015.
  • “Medicare ACOs,” presentation, Affordable Care Act Symposium at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston TX, April 16, 2015.
  • “Top 3 Issues To Consider When Contracting With A Healthcare Entity,” presentation, Tarrant County Bar Association, April 15, 2015.
  • “Medicare ACOs: Business Planning and Structural Considerations,” presentation, North Texas Health Care Professionals Association, January 20, 2015.
  • “Provider/Payor/Investor Alliances Post-ACA,” presentation, North Texas Health Care Professionals Association Study Group, January 8, 2015.
  • “ACO Risks and Rewards: Balancing Opportunities for Innovation with Effective Compliance,” co-author, Journal of Health Care Compliance, September-October 2014.
  • “The ACA and its Impact on Workers’ Compensation,” presentation, Blue Goose International - Texas Pond Workshop, September 11, 2014.
  • “Healthcare Insurance and Delivery Post Affordable Care Act,” panelist, State Bar of Texas, Texas Minority Counsel Program, September 4, 2014.
  • “Achieving Effective Compliance Post-Affordable Care Act,” co-presenter, webinar, Physician Hospitals of America, June 26, 2014.
  • “Physician-Owned Entities Still Under Federal Microscope,” Law360, December 20, 2013.
  • “83rd Texas Legislative Session Health Care Update,” webinar co-sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, Health Law Section and the Texas Hospital Association, July 30, 2013.
  • “Legislative Update 2013: The Texas Legislature and Healthcare,” State Bar of Texas Annual Health Law Section Meeting, June 21, 2013.
  • “Implications for Personalized Medicine after Myriad,” Lexology, June 20, 2013.
  • “Accountable Care Organizations: Structuring and Planning Considerations,” Dallas Bar Association Health Law Section, June 19, 2013.
  • “OIG Releases Updated Self-Disclosure Protocol,” Lexology, April 19, 2013.
  • “How Does the Affordable Care Act Affect My Franchise Clients?” Dallas Bar Association Franchise and Distribution Law Section, April 16, 2013.
  • “HHS Provides Amendments to HIPAA Privacy and Security Regulations to Conform Regulations to HITECH, GINA and Add Some Additional Changes,” Lexology, January 25, 2013.
  • “Payer-Physician Alignment Strategies: Prevailing Legal, Valuation and Industry Perspectives,” American Bar Association, Health Law Section, January 17, 2013.
  • “Appeals Court Overturns $44 Million Judgment Against Tuomey Hospital in Important Stark Law Case,” Lexology, April 4, 2012.
  • “Fate of Health Reform is Uncertain After Supreme Court Oral Arguments,” Lexology, April 3, 2012.
  • “Medical Records Law in Texas: General Principles of Confidentiality, Access to Medical Records and HB 300,” Lorman Education Services, 2012.
  • “Ethical Dilemmas: When Healthcare Investigations Meet Litigation,” Dallas Bar Association, Health Law Section, 2012.
  • “Supreme Court Decision: Are We Ready for What's Next?” Health Industry Council of the North Texas Region, July 10, 2012.
  • “State Medicaid RAC Audits to Begin in 2012,” Lexology, November 29, 2011.
  • “Health Law Careers Symposium,” Health Law Association, Dedman School of Law, September 29, 2011.
  • “The Current State of Health Reform,” Dallas Bar Association, 2011.
  • Healthcare Reform: The Highlights,” State Bar of Texas, Texas Minority Counsel Program, 2010. 

Professional and Community Activities

  • The Health Industry Council Foundation, Board Member, 2013-present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section, Vice Chair, Business & Transactions Interest Group, 2012-2013
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, 2011-present
  • The Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Barrister, 2010-2013.
  • Dallas Bar Association, Law in the Schools Committee, Co-Vice Chair 2012, Co-Chair 2013; Health Law Section, Secretary, 2007, Treasurer, 2008, Vice Chair, 2009, Chair, 2010; Business Law Section, 1999-present
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member, 2003-present
  • JL Turner Legal Association Corporate Counsel Section, Co-Chair, 2007; DBWA Section, Co-Chair, 2005, 2006
  • AIDS Arms, Inc. Community Advisory Committee, Member, 2007-2012; Board Member, 2007-present

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