Attorneys

  • Germer continually strives to be one of the premier firms in Texas based on the experience, integrity, and professionalism of its principals, attorneys, and staff. The firm’s accomplished and experienced litigators have successfully defended suits of all sizes and numerous subject matters throughout Texas and elsewhere. Similarly, the firm’s attorneys possess the depth and breadth of experience that enable them to assist business organizations in transactions of all types and provide professional counsel and advice to individuals, businesses, and governmental entities.
  • The quality of representation provided by attorneys at Germer is reflected by the recognition and honors bestowed on the firm and its attorneys.
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Principals

Christy Amuny

Christy Amuny

Christy Amuny is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried over 100 cases to verdict. She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas (B.A. 1986) and attended Texas Tech School of Law (J.D. 1990). Christy is a native of Southeast Texas.

Missy K. Atwood

Missy K. Atwood

Missy K. Atwood is a principal in the Austin office at Germer, PLLC.  She has over 25 years of experience in civil litigation, healthcare law and administrative law. She has tried more than 60 cases to verdict as first-chair trial counsel in State District Courts and Federal Courts. She represents clients in a wide variety of complex civil litigation, as both lead counsel and local...

Mark T. Beaman

Mark T. Beaman

Mark T. Beaman is an experienced trial attorney and administrative lawyer. He has been with the Firm since 1998. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Since 2005...

Karen R. Bennett

Karen R. Bennett

Karen R. Bennett, managing principal with the firm, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988 from the University of Texas at Arlington. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Texas Tech University, where she…

Chris A. Blackerby

Chris A. Blackerby

Chris A. Blackerby is a successful trial lawyer with 30 years of experience in a wide range of matters focusing principally on product liability and personal injury litigation...

Robin N. Blanchette

Robin N. Blanchette

Robin represents a wide variety of clients and companies who are based locally, nationally, and internationally, and whose industries include retailers (premises liability, general negligence, premises security, products, DTPA), oil and gas…

Michael T. Bridwell

Michael T. Bridwell

Michael Bridwell has been practicing since graduating from University of Texas School of Law in 1985.

Gregg R. Brown

Gregg R. Brown

Gregg R. Brown is an accomplished trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience in a wide range of matters, focusing principally on construction litigation, product liability, long term exposure claims and wrongful death claims, as well as…

Ryan C. Bueche

Ryan C. Bueche

Ryan Bueche graduated from Trinity University in 2003, where he earned a B.A. with a dual major in Political Science and Philosophy. Ryan earned his J.D. from Baylor University School of Law in 2008. While in law school, he excelled in moot court…

Thomas M. Bullion III

Thomas M. Bullion III

Thomas M. Bullion III graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. After working for several years as an engineer, he went to law school at the Southern Methodist…

Christine Burkhart

Christine Burkhart

Christine D. Burkhart is a principal in the San Antonio office. She has over 19 years of experience in civil litigation primarily focusing her practice on construction defect litigation, representing general contractors and subcontractors, premises liability, product liability and trucking/transportation matters.

Kaitlin L. Carrillo

Kaitlin L. Carrillo

Kaitlin L. Carrillo is a principal at GERMER in the Austin office with over 10 years of litigation experience. She joined GERMER as an associate in 2017 and has been a principal since 2021.

Chad J. Castille

Chad J. Castille

Chad Castille is a Principal in the Houston office of Germer and concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation. Chad has tried more than a dozen cases before the American Arbitration Association ("AAA").

Gary W. Coker

Gary W. Coker

Gary W. Coker, a principal with the firm, is a native of Jasper, Texas. For more than 35 years, Gary has represented financial institutions, businesses and individuals primarily in the areas of business organizations and transactions, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, real estate, health law and estate planning and probate.

Scott C. Crutchfield

Scott C. Crutchfield

Scott C. Crutchfield is a principal in the firm’s business section, and his practice includes: Representation of developers, lenders and business enterprises in commercial transactions, and in advising clients on the formation,…

Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport brings over 20 years of legal experience to Germer. Emily represents a wide variety of health care providers in medical malpractice, employment, administrative, and business litigation.

J. Stephen Dillawn

J. Stephen Dillawn

Steve Dillawn, a principal with the firm, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1979, and worked as a petroleum engineer until 1986. He received his law degree from the University of…

Daniel C. Ducote

Daniel C. Ducote

Daniel C. Ducote has been a mediator since 1994 and his practice has been limited to Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2000.

Javier T. Duran

Javier T. Duran

Javier T. Duran is a Principal with the firm, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Rice University in 1995, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas School of Law in 1999.

Alexis M. Filley

Alexis M. Filley

Alexis M. Filley is an attorney in the Austin office of Germer, where she focuses on health law, representing hospitals, physicians, and healthcare providers.

R. Chad Geisler

R. Chad Geisler

Chad Geisler is a principal in the Austin office at Germer, PLLC, having joined Germer in 2004.  He is a trial lawyer with 25 years of experience in civil litigation and has tried over three dozen cases to verdict in state...

Lawrence L. Germer

Lawrence L. Germer

Larry Germer is a trial lawyer who has defended clients in major cases in all areas of litigation. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1966, he received his law degree from the…

Charles W. Goehringer, Jr.

Charles W. Goehringer, Jr.

Charles W. “Charlie” Goehringer, Jr. joined GERMER in 2001. Charlie graduated from Lamar University in Beaumont with a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering degree in 1980. He received a Masters of Business Administration…

Roland F. Gonzales

Roland F. Gonzales

Roland F. Gonzales is a San Antonio native with a business background. Roland helped run his family’s roofing company of 50 years by estimating projects, negotiating contracts with publicly traded companies, and staging complex retrofit roof projects throughout central Texas.

Guy N. Goodson

Guy N. Goodson

Guy Neil Goodson graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1973, and then attended law school at Southern Methodist University, graduating in 1976. Guy began his…

Richard H. Grafton

Richard H. Grafton

Richard H. Grafton has extensive experience in products liability, personal injury, property damage, breach of contract, and construction defect litigation. For over 20 years, Rich has defended and tried cases in both federal and state courts throughout the…

Rett Holidy

Rett Holidy

Rett Holidy has been a principal with the firm since 2003. Rett is a native of Navasota, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and then from Baylor University…

Franklin Hopkins

Franklin Hopkins

Board Certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Franklin represents physicians before the Texas Medical Board, where he previously worked as a Staff Attorney. That experience gives Franklin insight into the…

Gregory M. Howard

Gregory M. Howard

Gregory Howard is a litigation attorney with Germer PLLC. Greg is a proud native Houstonian, with undergraduate and graduate business degrees from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Since…

Jason L. Hughes

Jason L. Hughes

Jason L. Hughes is a native of Beaumont, Texas. He graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1993. After graduation, Jason started his career as a patrolman, then detective with the…

Wylie Kumler

Wylie Kumler

Wylie Kumler attended New Mexico State University, where he received a B.A. in English in 1998.  After graduating from NMSU, Wylie worked as a case manager serving at-risk and homeless adolescents. 

Mark D. Lambert

Mark D. Lambert

Mark D. Lambert is a trial attorney with experience litigating across Texas in both state and federal court. He is certified and often appointed by courts as an Attorney Ad Litem. In 1999, he graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a Minor in...

Karen Landinger

Karen Landinger

Karen Landinger is a highly experienced appellate attorney who has spent 30 years successfully representing public and private clients in state and federal courts.

Christopher D. Leavins

Christopher D. Leavins

Christopher D. Leavins is a Principal and Member at our Beaumont office and has been with Germer PLLC since 2008. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics prior to receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence at South Texas College of Law.

Kate K. Leverett

Kate K. Leverett

Kate K. Leverett concentrates in public entity and administrative law and represents local government units including cities, counties, port and navigation districts...

Valerie Lewis

Valerie Lewis

Valerie is Southeast Texas born and raised and is a proud alumni of All Saints Episcopal School (c/o 2000), West Brook High School (c/o 2004), Rice University...

C. Scott Mann, Jr.

C. Scott Mann, Jr.

C. Scott Mann, Jr. is a business lawyer with over 25 years of experience in representing developers, lenders and business enterprises in complex real estate transactions, business acquisitions, sales, and in advising clients on the formation,…

Matt McCracken

Matt McCracken

Matt McCracken is licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico. He has more than twenty-five years of trial, appellate and administrative law experience representing medical, legal, insurance and other professionals as well as product...

W. Paul Miller

W. Paul Miller

W. Paul Miller graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a minor in Mathematics. Paul graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law, and also briefly studied law at…

Toby F. Nash

Toby F. Nash

Toby F. Nash is a native of Beaumont, Texas who began his legal career at GERMER in 2005. He graduated magna cum laude from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting in 2002. Toby graduated in…

Nadine Ona

Nadine Ona

Nadine Ona is originally from Houston, graduated from Texas Tech, and joined Germer in 2017.  While at Tech, she served as editor for the Business & Bankruptcy Law Journal and the Texas Bank...

Chris Pearson

Chris Pearson

Chris Pearson is a principal at GERMER in Austin, Texas. Chris has over 25 years of experience as a trial attorney with special emphasis in products liability defense, the defense of manufacturers in suits filed under the Texas…

Carmen Jo Rejda-Ponce

Carmen Jo Rejda-Ponce

Carmen Jo Rejda-Ponce (“CJ”) focuses on a broad range of labor and employment litigation, including, discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, disability accommodation, wage and hour laws, and unemployment benefits…

Adrian Senyszyn

Adrian Senyszyn

Adrian Senyszyn is a principal at Germer PLLC, and he practices in the areas of construction, cybersecurity, health care law, HIPAA, administrative law, and personal injury.

Collin D. Shellenberger

Collin D. Shellenberger

Collin D. Shellenberger was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. He has spent his entire legal career with Germer, PLLC in its Beaumont office defending businesses and individuals in civil litigation matters.

Larry J. Simmons

Larry J. Simmons

Larry J. Simmons, Jr., a principal in the firm, has tried dozens of cases as lead attorney in a variety of commercial, employment, civil rights and personal injury lawsuits. Larry is one of only seven Texas attorneys double Board Certified as a…

J. Mitchell Smith

J. Mitchell Smith

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.

G. Robert Sonnier

G. Robert Sonnier

G. Robert Sonnier has significant experience representing clients in litigation throughout several states in both state and federal courts with an emphasis in products liability, premises liability, toxic tort, trucking, and general civil…

James A. Tatem

James A. Tatem

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…

Troy A. Williams

Troy A. Williams

Troy A. Williams represents a wide variety of clients and companies who are based locally, nationally, and internationally, and whose industries include retailers (premises liability, general negligence, premises security, products, DTPA), oil and gas…

Benjamin Zinnecker

Benjamin Zinnecker

Ben Zinnecker was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He attended Texas A&M University, where he received a B.A. in Philosophy in 2005. In 2008, Ben earned his J.D. from Baylor University School of Law, where he enjoyed success in pretrial, mock trial, and moot court competitions.

Senior Trial Counsel

Janice M. Byington

Janice M. Byington

Janice M. Byington is a litigation attorney with over 24 years of experience. Her practice focuses on representing hospitals, physicians and a wide range of allied healthcare professionals in connection with health care liability claims, and professional licensing and regulatory matters.

Juvie Cruz Cardenas

Juvie Cruz Cardenas

Juvie Cruz Cardenas is an efficient, proactive, and hardworking attorney and legal strategist with over 13 years of civil litigation experience in state and federal courts.

Adrian Ciechanowicz

Adrian Ciechanowicz

Adrian Ciechanowicz joined Germer in 2020. As a member of the firm’s litigation section, Adrian represents clients in all stages of the litigation process in state and federal courts.

Rachel G. Crutchfield

Rachel G. Crutchfield

Rachel G. Crutchfield graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in 1994. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law and was licensed in 1999.

Serena D. Harmon

Serena D. Harmon

Serena D. Harmon is a trial attorney with experience litigating in both state and federal courts. In 1992, Serena earned her law school degree from South Texas College of Law. Prior to attending law school, Serena worked several years working in city government and earned a Master in Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Since law school, Serena has practiced several...

Zaid S. Husain

Zaid S. Husain

Zaid Husain was born and raised in Houston Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with a degree in Government.

Lansford Ireson

Lansford Ireson

Lansford Ireson has thirty-four years of trial and litigation experience in state and federal courts across Texas. Areas include oil field accidents, trucking, products liability, and premise liability involving personal injury and property damage.

Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan

Prior to joining Germer in 2019, Barbara Jordan spent over twelve years serving as a prosecutor on behalf of Texas regulatory agencies, including the Texas Medical Board, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and State Board of Dental Examiners.

Lauae Kaleikau

Lauae Kaleikau

Lauae Kaleikau, “Lu” to her clients and friends, has a depth of experience as both a transactional and trial attorney, able to handle matters from consulting to litigation.

Valerie Ly

Valerie Ly

Born in Houston, Texas, Valerie Ly graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2004 with a degree in Finance. She then received her J.D. from SMU in 2007. While at SMU, Valerie received First Place at the National Entertainment…

Renee Nguyen

Renee Nguyen

Renee Nguyen is a litigation attorney who also has a strong passion for appellate work. She joined Germer’s Houston office in 2023 after practicing in Austin, Texas.

Laura O’Toole

Laura O’Toole

Laura O’Toole was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. She earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1991 and has practiced in Austin since 1994. Laura is the co-author of Betting Booze & Brothels, Vice, Corruption and Justice in Jefferson County, Texas from Spindletop to the 1960s published by...

Tiffany Pham

Tiffany Pham

Tiffany Pham serves as Senior Trial Counsel at Germer's Houston Office, extending her expertise to clients throughout the state.

Antonio Ramirez

Antonio Ramirez

Antonio “Tony” Ramirez joins Germer’s Houston office after working for a national law firm, representing both private and public employers in employment matters of all types in state and federal courts.

Chelsie Ramos

Chelsie Ramos

Chelsie Ramos is an Attorney in the Houston and Beaumont offices of Germer. Prior to joining the firm, she served as Associate Judge for the 246th District Court, and she has worked as an attorney handling complex litigation matters for nearly 20 years.

Daniel Schick

Daniel Schick

Daniel Schick earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and graduated with highest honors from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Kelli B. Smith

Kelli B. Smith

Kelli B. Smith earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law in 1998. While attending law school, she was a Teaching Quizmaster, an associate editor of the Texas Journal of Women and The Law, and excelled in Moot Court competitions.

William N. Wilson II

William N. Wilson II

William is a seasoned trial attorney with over 30 years of experience litigating claims involving personal injury, medical malpractice, professional negligence, products liability, motor vehicle collisions, deceptive trade practices, premises liability, property/casualty losses and insurance coverage.

Associates

William M. Atallah

William M. Atallah

William M. Atallah joined Germer’s Austin office as an attorney in 2023. He first received his B.A. in Government and minor in Philosophy from the University of Texas in 2019.

Shaunté M. Collins

Shaunté M. Collins

Shaunté M. Collins is a native Austinite and first joined Germer in 2020.  She graduated from Duke University with a degree in Political Science and certificate in Politics, Philosophy & Economics.  She then received her Doctor of Jurisprudence, with honors, from St. Mary’s University School of Law. 

Callie Copeland

Callie Copeland

Callie Copeland is a native Houstonian who joined Germer’s Houston office as an attorney in 2023. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, a minor in Business, and a Professional Writing Certificate.

Adam Daigle

Adam Daigle

Adam Daigle is originally from Houston, received a B.S. and J.D. from University of Houston, and joined Germer in 2022.  While at UHLC, he served as an editor for the Houston Journal of International Law and was a member of the Civil Practice Clinic.

Julie DeWeese Curtis

Julie DeWeese Curtis

Julie DeWeese Curtis is a summa cum laude graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Rhetoric in 2009.

Shawn M. Figari

Shawn M. Figari

Shawn Figari was raised in Beaumont, Texas, and graduated from Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School. Shawn then attended Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s in science for Economics...

Cristina Gadangi

Cristina Gadangi

Cristina Gadangi was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Cristina graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development and earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Baylor University.

Claire Gravell

Claire Gravell

Claire Gravell was born and raised in Dripping Springs, Texas. She graduated with Highest Honors from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Legal Studies.

Jesse Guadiana

Jesse Guadiana

Jesse Guadiana was born and raised in North Texas. Jesse graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.

Samantha C. Jeffers

Samantha C. Jeffers

Samantha C. Jeffers is an Attorney in the Austin office of Germer. Samantha graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Woman’s University with a degree in Business Management.

Travis Linthicum

Travis Linthicum

Travis Linthicum was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Beaumont, Texas. He received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law Houston in 2019.

Jason McDonald

Jason McDonald

Jason McDonald is a native of Orange, Texas, and joined Germer in 2023. Jason graduated from Rice University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He earned his JD from the Texas Tech School of Law in 2005.

Preston Meyers

Preston Meyers

Preston Meyers is a native Houstonian and joined Germer in 2022. Preston attended University of Houston where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 2014. Preston later returned to attend University of Houston Law Center where he graduated in 2021.

Hollis Nix

Hollis Nix

Hollis Nix joined Germer’s Austin office as an attorney in 2024. After growing up in Austin, TX he attended The University of Arkansas where he graduated with a B.A. in Psychology.

Raphael Qiu

Raphael Qiu

Having lived in the US and abroad, Raphael Qiu has experience working with and counseling both international (including Chinese) and domestic clients on legal strategies in order to grow and add value to their businesses.

Eric Robertson

Eric Robertson

Eric Robertson was raised in Port Neches, Texas, before he moved away for school and work. He attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, for his undergraduate studies.

Robert Root

Robert Root

Robert Root is a proud native of Southeast Texas and alumnus of Vidor High School, Lamar University, and University of Houston Law Center.

Deondrey R. Russell

Deondrey R. Russell

Deondrey R. Russell has the traits that make it inevitable that he will be a national first chair trial lawyer. He is cutting his teeth early in his career with participation in high stakes litigation and has found success in trial and appellate courts across the nation.

Sarah Shumate-Connor

Sarah Shumate-Connor

Sarah Shumate-Connor was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She graduated with Highest Honors from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Political Science.

Christen St.Denis

Christen St.Denis

Christen St. Denis was born and raised in California. Following her graduation from the University of Washington, Christen moved to Austin, Texas in 2016.

Kendra L. Watson

Kendra L. Watson

Kendra L. Watson graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law Houston.

Cameron Wilson

Cameron Wilson

Before practicing law, Cameron Wilson served in the United States Navy for 11 years including 2 deployments aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln and over 3 years in Rome, Italy.

Mark Zamora

Mark Zamora

Mark Zamora is a native of San Antonio, Texas. Mark graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and earned his Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s School of Law in 2015.

Of Counsel

G. David Barnett

G. David Barnett

G. David Barnett has over twenty-eight years of experience practicing law. He is licensed in Texas and Louisiana.

Paula H. Blazek

Paula H. Blazek

Paula H. Blazek, has been Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990 and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. An…

J. Michael Dodson

J. Michael Dodson

Mike Dodson is an AV rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell, with over forty years of litigation experience. He is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Louisiana. He has a very well documented and public record of excellence in large and complex litigation.

Jeff Hawkins

Jeff Hawkins

Jeff is a proud alumnus of both Texas A&M University and The University of Texas. Prior to joining Germer in 2017, he practiced law in San Antonio for 33 years, most of that time with the firm of Prichard, Hawkins and Young.

Sandra C. Howard

Sandra C. Howard

Sandra C. Howard is a Golden Triangle native who graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Lamar University in 1993. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law in…

Roy A. Spezia

Roy A. Spezia

Roy A. Spezia has focused his practice in the area of products liability for over twenty years. Roy is regional counsel for an automobile manufacturer for all of its products liability matters in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Additionally,…

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Tyler, TX 75702
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