Shellenberger Collin D.

Collin D. Shellenberger

Principal


Phone: 409.654.6700

Location: Beaumont Office

Overview

Collin D. Shellenberger was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas.  He has spent his entire career with Germer, PLLC (Beaumont office) handling insurance and personal injury litigation in Southeast and East Texas.

Collin’s practice is focused on litigation, primarily first and third party insurance cases and defense of Stower’s and extra-contractual cases, commercial transportation and trucking cases, and commercial and residential premise liability cases, and he has successfully tried first and third party cases involving serious injuries and death to verdict throughout the state and federal courts of Southeast Texas and East Texas.

Collin’s practice is also focused on advising insurance companies regarding the best strategies for addressing extra-contractual claims, Stower’s claims, coverage issues, complicated minor settlements, settlements of death cases with limited liability limits available and numerous claimants, and other related issues.  In addition to offering guidance to insurance carriers, Collin is also frequently retained to represent insurance companies defending those type of claims.

Collin’s strong ties to the community and experience with the local courts make him effective when serving as local counsel in the courts of Southeast Texas and East Texas.  He is also frequently retained by companies and insurance carriers immediately after an accident/before litigation is commenced to ensure that evidence is properly preserved, to conduct pre-litigation investigations (often with expert assistance), and to begin to build an aggressive defense proactively and early on.

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Professional Experience

  • Collin joined Germer, PLLC’s Beaumont office in 2005 after completion of the Texas Bar Exam.
  • Collin has been a Principal in Germer, PLLC since 2012.
  • Collin is currently serving a three-year term on the Firm’s management committee, and he is also very involved in attorney recruitment for the Beaumont office

Recognitions and Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent™
  • Designated a Texas Rising Star several years in a row by Texas Monthly
  • Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (only 1/3 of 1% of Texas lawyers each year are invited to become Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation)

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor – magna cum laude – 2005
    • Graduated in the top ten percent of his law school class
    • Presidential Scholarship recipient
    • Member of the legal honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Phi
  • Lamar University
    • Bachelor of Science – cum laude – 2001
    • Criminal Justice Major; Minor in Political Science

Bar Admissions & Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas – 2005
  • Admitted to practice before the following courts:
    • Texas State Courts
    • United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
    • Western District of Texas
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel

Recent Trial Victories

  • 136th District Court of Jefferson County, Texas.
    • Plaintiff asserted an underinsured motorist claim against his insurance company after the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier settled with him for the full amount of the driver’s liability insurance policy. Plaintiff claimed the accident caused the need for neck surgery and for him to be permanently disabled. The parties had competing experts on whether the accident caused a need for the neck surgery. Plaintiff claimed over $100,000 in past medical, and he requested $460,370 in damages. State Farm argued that the accident caused a soft tissue neck injury (at most) and asked that the award be limited to no more than $21,500. The verdict was 1/3 of the amount of total UIM credits/offsets, and therefore the Court entered a Final Take Nothing Judgment against Plaintiff.
  • 60th Judicial District Court of Jefferson County.
    • Successfully defended underlying case against insured where Plaintiff asserted that the insured’s negligence caused him to be paralyzed and that the insurance carrier violated Stower’s by not responding to a pre-suit, policy limits demand of $30,000. Plaintiff presented a damage model – and expert testimony – asserting that Plaintiff’s damages exceed 10 million dollars. After a three week trial, the jury returned a verdict well below the amount sought by Plaintiff and well below the result expected by defense counsel and the insurance carrier.
  • District Court of Jasper County, Texas.
    • Automobile/Pedestrian accident with contested liability. Plaintiff claimed that right leg injuries caused by the accident resolved within one month, but that a left knee injury needed surgical repair. Her treating orthopedic surgeon recommended that she undergo surgery on the left knee, and he testified at trial that the accident caused the need for the left knee surgery. Plaintiff had just over $16,000 in past recoverable medical. At trial, Plaintiff asked the jury to award her $95,000 in damages. Defense verdict. The jury found Plaintiff 49% responsible for the accident and awarded her $10,750 in damages (and no damages for the alleged left knee injury). Her recovery was reduced to $5,482.00 due to the comparative negligence finding. Prior to trial, Defendant’s insurance carrier offered $18,500 to settle the case; however, Plaintiff would not negotiate below $49,500.
  • County Court at Law Number 1 of Jefferson County, Texas.
    • Plaintiff claimed neck, back, and shoulder injuries resulting from a rear-end accident in Beaumont. Defense verdict – the jury awarded less than the offer made many months before trial.
  • United States District Court Eastern District, Lufkin Division.
    • Chapter 95 – Premises Liability/Personal Injury case. Past recoverable medical of $111,000 for a cervical fusion. Plaintiff alleged that he struck his head on scaffolding on Defendants’ property causing injuries. Defendants denied that the incident occurred. Defendants also argued that even if the incident had occurred, they would not be responsible for the incident and that the need for a cervical fusion could not stem from the type of injury alleged. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $446,000. The jury returned a defense verdict on liability.
  • 136th Judicial District Court of Jefferson County, Texas.
    • Automobile/personal injury case. Past recoverable medical of $120,000 for a two-level lumbar fusion with no pre-accident history of lumbar problems Plaintiff’s treating doctor testified that since she continued to have pain years after the surgery and that she needed an intra-thecal narcotic pump that would cost $1,300,000 over her lifetime. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $3.2 million (Plaintiff claimed that carrier was “Stowerized”). Defense verdict.
  • 60th Judicial District Court of Jefferson County, Texas.
    • Automobile/personal injury case. Defendant stipulated to liability. Defense verdict.
  • County Court at Law No. 1 of Jefferson County, Texas.
    • Automobile/personal injury case; liability dispute (swearing match on which vehicle had the red light). One of the minor Plaintiffs sustained a fracture of the spine. Plaintiffs asked for several hundred thousand dollars combined. Defense verdict on liability.
  • 172nd Judicial District Court of Jefferson County, Texas.
    • Automobile/personal injury case. Clear liability rear-end collision. Defense verdict; the jury verdict was less than half of the pre-trial offer.
  • 136th Judicial District Court of Jefferson County, Texas.
    • Co-lead counsel. Automobile/Wrongful death case. Defense verdict. Plaintiff asked for $1.9 million at trial. Jury verdict of $57,500.00.
  • 60th Judicial District Court of Jefferson County, Texas.
    • Automobile/personal injury case; clear liability rear-end collision. Defense verdict. Plaintiff asked for $50,000.00 at trial. Jury verdict of $3,450.00.
  • 172nd Judicial District Court of Jefferson County, Texas.
    • Automobile/personal injury case; clear liability rear-end collision. Defense verdict. Plaintiff asked for $75,000.00 at trial. Jury verdict of $4,548.00.
  • 136th Judicial District Court of Jefferson County, Texas.
    • Automobile/personal injury and property damage case. Defense verdict on liability.

Interests

  • Spending time with his wife, daughter, and son
  • World and US History
  • US Government
  • Exercise/Running
  • Coaching his children’s sports teams

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