Firm Highlights

The Texas Top 100 by Texas Lawyer:

  • Germer PLLC is proud to be ranked the 40th largest law firm in Texas for 2017.

Recent Appellate Victory:

  • Barras v. City of Orange, 2016 WL 6809226 (Tex. App. Beaumont 2016). Serving as special counsel to the City of Orange, Guy Goodson and Kate Leverett won an appeal at the Ninth Circuit Court for the City of Orange which allowed the City to proceed with a $2.5 million project to relocate City Hall which had been blocked by the Plaintiffs.

Kate Leverett’s events:

  • Kate Leverett served as special counsel to Hardin County Emergency District No. 4 and assisted them in successfully passing a ballot proposition on the November 2016 ballot to increase the ad valorem tax within the District and to Tyler County Emergency District No. 2 and assisted them in successfully passing a ballot proposition on the November 2016 ballot to begin collecting sales tax within the District. The additional revenue streams will help the Districts to fund capital projects, purchase firefighting equipment, and be able to better provide firefighting services in their respective communities.

Recent Additions to the firm:

  • Harrison Tatum – Beaumont Office.
  • Mark Lambert – Beaumont Office.
  • Christy Amuny – Beaumont Office.
  • Jennifer Buntz – Austin Office.
  • Lisa Massey – Houston Office.
  • John J. Patout, Jr. – Houston Office.
  • Selina A. Contreras – Houston Office

Recent Presentation by Scott Crutchfield:

  • Scott Crutchfield served as a member of a panel at the May 2017 Southwest Mortgagee Advisory Council Annual Conference in Fort Worth. His presentation focused on the logistics and potential complications that arise in transactions involving Multifamily apartment financing and which combine HUD-Insured Loans, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Tax-Exempt Bonds and other miscellaneous features.

Recent Trial Victory:

  • Premises liability case. The Plaintiff slipped and fell in front of a national retailer’s ice freezer. The retailer did not have any mats down and did not warn of the water which was admittedly on the floor. Plaintiff injured his low back and underwent a lumbar fusion. Trial took place in Federal Court and at the conclusion of the Plaintiff’s case, Defendant argued for a directed verdict based on the Plaintiff’s testifying expert’s failure to establish causation. Specifically, after the expert testified that the surgery was necessitated due to the slip and fall, on cross, the surgeon admitted that two subsequent incidents may have caused injury to the Plaintiff. The case was tried by Robin Blanchette and Troy Williams of the firm’s Houston Office.

Christy Amuny’s events:

  • April 5th, 2017- Spoke at the SBOT Solo Practitioners and Small Firm Seminar in Fredricksburg.
  • April 6th, 2017- Spoke at the SBOT Advanced Evidence and Discovery Seminar in Houston.
  • May 19th, 2017- Speaking at the SBOT Advanced Evidence and Discovery Seminar in San Antonio.

Mitch Smith’s events:

  • Spoke at the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel’s Winter Meeting in Phoenix, AZ on March 8, 2017. Include description: “The Gentlemanly (and Gentlewomanly) Art of Jurisdictional Warfare-Moscow Rules Apply” (an update on the application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Daimler Ruling regarding general jurisdictional requirements to state court FELA actions.

Jim Tatem’s recent trials:

  • 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

Paul Starr’s recent trials:

  • Civil Action No. A:10-CA-522-S; Regina Jackson, et al. v. John S. Ford, M.D. and Travis County, Texas; In the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Cause No. DC-10-417; Roma Independent School District v. Ewing Construction Co., et al.; In the 381st Judicial District Court of Starr County, Texas.
  • Cause No. 8,030; Zapata Independent School District v. Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc., et al.; In the 49th Judicial District Court of Zapata County, Texas.

Greg Howard’s recent trials:

  • Greg obtained a defense verdict on June 20, 2016 for State Farm County Mutual Insurance Company of Texas in a uninsured motorist case in which the jury placed 100% of the liability on the plaintiff and 0% liability on the hit-and-run driver. Cause No. 14-03-03195; Nancy Moyeda vs. Madelyn Nunn and State Farm County Mutual Insurance Company of Texas a/k/a State Farm Insurance Company; In the 284th Judicial District Court of Montgomery County, Texas.

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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