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 40 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 Blackerby has successfully tried cases in both federal and state courts across Texas. Chris graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma in 1989 with a degree in Philosophy. He received his law degree from the…

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…

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 17 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 joined Germer as an associate attorney in 2017. Kaitlin was born and raised in the west Texas town Sweetwater. She graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin.

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,…

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…

Javier T. Duran

Javier T. Duran

Javier T. Duran is a Senior Trial Counsel 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.

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…

Barbara L. Hachenburg

Barbara L. Hachenburg

Barbara L. Hachenburg, an AV-rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, received her Bachelor of Science in Management degree in 1986 and Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1989 from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. In law school, she…

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…

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...

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 is a native of Beaumont, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2009. Kate earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law in 2012 where…

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…

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 principal in the Firm’s Construction Defect, Cybersecurity and HIPAA Practice. Adrian represents clients throughout Texas. Most of Adrian’s construction defect practice involves school districts located in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley.

Collin D. Shellenberger

Collin D. Shellenberger

Collin D. Shellenberger is a trial lawyer. He was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, and he is familiar with the courts of Southeast Texas and the surrounding counties. Collin’s practice is primarily focused on litigation…

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 twelve 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…

Paul Byron Starr

Paul Byron Starr

Paul Byron Starr, a principal with the firm, was born and raised in San Antonio and graduated cum laude from Baylor University in 1995 with a double major in Marketing and Business Statistics. He received his J.D. from Baylor School…

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

Stephen P. Bega

Stephen P. Bega

Stephen has represented individuals and businesses throughout the State of Texas, including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso, Waco, Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande Valley.

Alexandra McNicholas Bernier

Alexandra McNicholas Bernier

Alexandra McNicholas Bernier is native of Beaumont, Texas.  She is a cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University and earned her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.

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.

Joseph Crescenzo

Joseph Crescenzo

Joseph Crescenzo is an experienced litigator focused on achieving his clients’ objectives effectively and efficiently.  Throughout his career Joe has represented companies and individuals in a wide variety of civil disputes including auto accident cases, product defect litigation, and allegations of nursing home neglect. 

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...

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.

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. 

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.

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…

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...

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.

Blanca Ramos-Lee

Blanca Ramos-Lee

Blanca Ramos-Lee was born in El Salvador and came to the United States at the age of five. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She joined this firm in May 2021. In her 14 plus years of practice, she understands the dynamics of complicated high dollar cases as well as the less complex personal cases, and no case is too big or too small for her to tackle professionally.

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.

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…

Brooks Tobin

Brooks Tobin

Brooks graduated from Washington & Lee University with a B.A. in History in 2011 and earned his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 2014.

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

Thomas J. Anastos

Thomas J. Anastos

Thomas J. Anastos was born in Chicago, Illinois and split his childhood growing up in Vermont and Arizona. Eventually, Thomas made Houston, Texas his home following his completion of law school

Alex Cochran

Alex Cochran

Alex Cochran was born in Austin, Texas, and raised in Pasadena, California. 

Shaunté M. Collins

Shaunté M. Collins

Shaunté M. Collins is a native Austinite and joined Germer in 2020.  She graduated from Duke University in 2009 with a decree in Political Science and certificate in Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Julie DeWeese

Julie DeWeese

Julie DeWeese 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.

Jamie Giron

Jamie Giron

After graduating from law school in Michigan, Jamie returned to Austin, Texas and joined Germer in 2021. Prior to earning her law degree, Jamie received a Bachelor of Arts in both English Literature and Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.

James B. Hicks

James B. Hicks

James Hicks graduated from Duke University in 2007, where he earned a B.A. in Public Policy Studies and worked as Chief Operations Officer of a food delivery business. He then served for two years as a policy analyst under Mayor Michael…

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.

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.

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.

Ian Lancaster

Ian Lancaster

Ian Lancaster has successfully represented clients in the automotive and insurance industries, and also represented the State of Texas as a lawyer with the Texas Attorney General’s Office. 

Valerie Lewis

Valerie Lewis

Valerie Lewis is a Beaumont, Texas native. After graduating from Rice University in 2008, she taught English in two high schools in rural France for a year...

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.

Molly Madsen

Molly Madsen

Molly Madsen was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. Molly earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University in 2017.

Joshua B. Mullin

Joshua B. Mullin

Joshua B. Mullin is a lifelong resident of Southeast Texas, and he joined Germer in 2022. Joshua graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Literature and from Liberty University

Tiffany Myers

Tiffany Myers

Tiffany Myers graduated from the University of Texas San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from South Texas College of Law in 2014. Prior to joining Germer in 2022, she was staff counsel for a Fortune 500 company.  

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...

Tiffany Pham

Tiffany Pham

Tiffany Pham is a native and proud Houstonian who wanted to return to Houston after graduating from Texas Tech School of Law in 2017.

Candace Rechtmann

Candace Rechtmann

Candace Rechtmann represents public sector clients in a variety of civil rights matters, including inmate medical care, excessive force, and wrongful arrest cases. Candace also represents public and private sector employers in a broad range of labor and employment litigation.

Robert Root

Robert Root

Robert Root is a native of Southeast Texas and joined Germer in 2021. Robert attended Lamar University where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in 2018.

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.

Adam P. Simmons

Adam P. Simmons

Adam was born and raised in Mexia, Texas, but now calls Austin home. Adam started his career as a Certified Public Accountant with a Big Four accounting firm for four years before attending law school. Adam still maintains his CPA license with the State of...

Cristina Vargas

Cristina Vargas

Cristina Vargas 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.

Alexis M. Vigilante-Filley

Alexis M. Vigilante-Filley

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

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.

Joy Wells

Joy Wells

Joy Wells graduated from Texas A&M university in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law Houston.

Evan Weltge

Evan Weltge

Evan Weltge is a civil litigator with significant experience representing individuals and entities in all stages of litigation in state and federal courts. Evan has successfully obtained jury verdicts on behalf of his clients in federal court and has represented clients before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and state courts of appeals

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

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…

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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