Kim Metzger is a partner in Ice Miller's litigation group, concentrating her practice in drug and device litigation and data security and privacy, particularly HIPAA privacy compliance. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) through that organization. Kim was recently inducted into the IAPP’s inaugural class of Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) designation recipients.
Kim has extensive experience with federal and state health information privacy laws, has established a HIPAA compliance program for a large health care provider and a benefits outsourcing provider, and counsels clients on HIPAA and other information privacy matters. She is integrally involved with the Firm's HIPAA compliance program, and chaired an initiative to ensure the Firm's compliance with revised health information privacy directives issued by a large pharmaceutical client. Kim trains pharmaceutical manufacturing and other health care clients on issues of HIPAA compliance. She also assist clients in determining whether they have experienced a data breach, and how to best respond to a breach.
She has extensive experience with pretrial proceedings in pharmaceutical litigation, including mediation of pharmaceutical cases, large document production, protective order proceedings, and depositions of plaintiffs, experts, and treating physicians. She frequently works on teams with counsel in other jurisdictions, as either national or local counsel. She has served on national counsel teams representing pharmaceutical manufacturers in litigation in various jurisdictions nationwide, working closely with co-defendants and local counsel to coordinate resolution. She has obtained summary judgment for a client based on adequacy of warning, and successfully defended a university in a lawsuit by a student alleging unjust dismissal.
A lifelong Midwesterner, Kim was raised in Indiana and returned to the state after graduate school in 1996. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1988, and her master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois, with highest honors, in 1992. She then worked as a child welfare case manager and therapist before entering law school. She obtained her juris doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law, magna cum laude, in 1996, where she served as a note and comment editor on the law review staff and was Order of the Coif. Before joining the Firm, she served as an associate director/general counsel for a large community mental health center in Northern Indiana.