J. Mitchell Smith

Principal


Email Address: jmsmith@germer.com

Phone: 409.654.6700

Location: Beaumont Office

Overview

J. Mitchell Smith has been a principal with GERMER since January 2002. Mitch graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988 from The University of Texas at Austin. He received a Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law in 1991. Mitch practices commercial litigation, railroad litigation, general transportation and maritime litigation, and handles numerous civil appeals in the state appellate courts and on the federal level.

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Professional Background

  • Lynch, Chappell & Alsup, P.C. (1991-1994)
  • Wells, Peyton, Greenberg, Hunt & Crawford, L.L.P. (1994-2001)
  • Germer PLLC (2001-Present)

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas – 1991
  • Admitted to practice before the following courts:
    • All Texas state courts
    • The United States Supreme Court
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Education

  • Baylor University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor – 1991
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    • Bachelor of Arts – 1988

Recognitions and Honors

  • “Texas Super Lawyer” as published in Texas Monthly Magazine, 2005-2016
  • “Texas Rising Star” as published in Texas Monthly Magazine, 2004

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Houston Chapter)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Jefferson County Bar Association (Director, 2006-2008; 2013-2014)
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Board of Editors, Texas Bar Journal, 2008-2014
  • Editor, Jefferson County Bar Journal, 2006-present

Representative Experience

  • Regional Counsel for The Kansas City Southern Railway Company
  • Railcrew Xpress and Hallcon Corp./Renzenberger
  • Pabtex, Inc.
  • Linde AG
  • Linde Engineering North America, Inc.

Interests

  • History
  • Travel
  • Running
  • Reading

Civic Involvement

  • Board Member, Anayat House
  • Active Volunteer, Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Jefferson County Pro Bono Program

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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