G. Robert Sonnier

Principal


Email Address: rsonnier@germer-austin.com

Phone: 512.472.0288

Location: Austin Office

Overview

Robert Sonnier has significant experience representing clients in litigation throughout Texas and other states in both state and federal courts with an emphasis in products liability, premises liability, toxic tort, trucking, and general civil litigation. He has handled hundreds of product defect cases and served as national and regional counsel for a major automotive manufacturer. His litigation practice has included matters involving fires and explosions, fuel systems, automobiles, heavy equipment, exposure to asbestos and other chemicals, and other catastrophic injury claims. He has tried numerous cases including automotive product liability, premises liability, asbestos, trucking, railroad, and general negligence cases.

Robert received his undergraduate degree in Finance from The University of Texas in 1986 and his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1990. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and State Bar of Oklahoma. Robert is also a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Directors 2009-present), Defense Research Institute, and Austin Bar Association. He is a regular speaker at various legal seminars and meetings and addresses a variety of topics related to litigation. He has also published articles in several bar journals and CLE publications related to litigation. Robert is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell legal directory.

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Professional Background

  • Joined Germer Beaman & Brown as a principal in 2011
  • Previously a shareholder with Clark Thomas & Winters, PC

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas – 1990
  • State Bar of Oklahoma – 2005
  • Admitted to practice before the following courts:
    • All Texas state courts
    • All Oklahoma state courts
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • United States District Court for Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
    • United States District Court for Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor – 1990
  • University of Texas at Austin
    • Bachelor of Business Administration – 1986

Recognitions and Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Oklahoma
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Directors 2009-present)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Austin Bar Association

Representative Experience

  • Mr. Sonnier has represented several major automotive manufacturers, as well as companies in the oil, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, trucking, and insurance industries.  He has tried numerous cases including automotive product liability, asbestos, trucking, and premises cases.

Interests

  • Snow skiing
  • Water sports
  • Traveling
  • Running
  • College football

Beaumont:

GERMER PLLC
550 Fannin, Suite 400
Beaumont, Texas 77701
Ph: 409.654.6700
Fax: 409.835.2115
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Austin:

GERMER BEAMAN & BROWN PLLC
301 Congress Avenue, Suite 1700
Austin, Texas 78701
Ph: 512.472.0288
Fax: 512.472.0721
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Houston:

GERMER PLLC
America Tower, 2929 Allen Parkway,
Suite 2900, Houston, TX 77019
Ph: 713.650.1313
Fax: 713.739.7420
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