James A. Tatem

James A. Tatem

Senior Trial Counsel

Email Address: jtatem@germer.com

Phone: 713.650.1313

Location: Houston Office


James A. Tatem, senior trial counsel with the firm, is a graduate of the University of Texas where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1989. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law in 1992. Jim is admitted to practice before all Texas state courts and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. Jim has served as a first-chair trial lawyer in a variety of personal injury and property damage cases as well commercial cases.

Jim has extensive experience in products liability, premises liability, toxic torts, superfund and environmental litigation, construction litigation, real estate, civil litigation, class and collective actions, commercial litigation, insurance law, mediation/arbitration, and personal injury defense.


Professional Background

  • Joined Germer in 2002

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas – 1992
  • Admitted to practice before the following courts:
    • All Texas state courts
    • United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas

Professional Certifications

  • Texas Association of Defense Council
  • Houston Bar Association


  • South Texas College of Law
    • Juris Doctor – 1992
  • University of Texas
    • Bachelor of Business Administration – 1989


  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Golf

Representative Experience

  • Cause No. 2014-21320; Charlie Thomas Ford d/ba/ AutoNation v. Michael Cooper and Pannell Industries ; In the 125th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Obtained defense verdict for Cooper and Pannell Industries : April 2016
  • Cause No. 2014-63815; Dwayne Chapman and Dawn Chapman vs. State Farm Lloyds, Bruce J. White and John Hogan; In the 11th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Co-counsel with Rett Holiday. Obtained defense verdict for State Farm. Other defendants dismissed prior to trial. June 2016
  • Cause No. 2014-60473; Martha Toloudis vs State Farm Lloyds and Dewella A. Lee; in the 189th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Co-counsel with Rett Holiday. Obtained defense verdict for State Farm. Other defendant dismissed prior to trial. September 2016


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