Christopher T. Kirchmer was named to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) for the Cook Medical IVC filter litigation by Judge Tim A. Baker on December 3, 2015. This is the second PSC appointment for Kirchmer in regards to IVC filter litigation, as he was named to the Plaintiffs Leadership Counsel for the Bard IVC filter litigation in October 2015. Kirchmer will serve on the PSC with nine other attorneys from across the country.
Inferior Vena Cava filters, or IVC filters, are filters placed in a large vein in the abdomen of individuals that physicians worry are at increased risk of forming blood clots in their legs. The filters are designed to catch clots before they get to the heart, lungs, or brain. Unfortunately, a number of IVC filters (mostly the type that were designed to be removable) are extremely dangerous themselves. Some have even caused deaths.
Kirchmer has more than 300 IVC filter cases, and he is lead counsel in two Bard IVC filter cases that are in the advanced stages of trial preparation. Kirchmer is one of the few lawyers in the country who has litigated Bard IVC filter cases up to the brink of trial.
Kirchmer has practiced with Provost Umphrey for his entire 20 year career. For the past 11 years, he has focused exclusively on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. He was named to the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list by US News & World Report for Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs.