Attorney Smith J. Mitchell

J. Mitchell Smith


Phone: 409.654.6700

Location: Beaumont Office


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. He was recognized as a “Texas Super Lawyer”, a Thompson Reuters publication, in 2005-2023.

Smith J. Mitchell practices commercial litigation, railroad litigation, general transportation and maritime litigation, and handles numerous civil appeals in the state appellate courts and on the federal level.

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Professional Background

  • Lynch, Chappell & Alsup, P.C. (1991-1994)
  • Wells, Peyton, Greenberg, Hunt & Crawford, L.L.P. (1994-2001)
  • Germer PLLC (2001-Present)

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas – 1991
  • Admitted to practice before the following courts:
    • Texas State Courts
    • The United States Supreme Court
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas


  • Baylor University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor – 1991
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    • Bachelor of Arts – 1988

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Houston Chapter)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Chair, Transportation Committee: 2019-2021
    • Vice Chair, Insurance/ReInsurance Committee: 2012-Present
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
    • Executive Committee: 2020-Present
    • Vice President – Western Region
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
    • East Texas Regional Vice President
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
    • President: 2020-2021
    • Director: 2006-2008; 2013-2014
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Journal
    • Board of Editors: 2008-2014
  • Jefferson County Bar Journal
    • Editor: 2006-2017

Representative Experience

  • Regional Counsel for The Kansas City Southern Railway Company
  • Railcrew Xpress and Hallcon Corp./Renzenberger
  • Pabtex, Inc.
  • Linde AG
  • Linde Engineering North America, Inc.

Recognitions and Honors

  • Texas Super Lawyer, a Thompson Reuters publication (2005-2023)


  • History
  • Travel
  • Running
  • Reading

Civic Involvement

  • Board Member, The Art Museum of Southeast Texas
  • Board Member, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Houston Chapter)
  • Active Volunteer, Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Jefferson County Pro Bono Program

Contact the Attorneys at Germer PLLC for a consultation today. We provide services for clients in Beaumont, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Tyler and surrounding areas.


550 Fannin, Suite 400
Beaumont, Texas 77701
Ph: 409.654.6700
Fax: 409.835.2115
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One Barton Skyway
1501 S Mopac Expy, Suite A400
Austin, TX 78746
Ph: 512.472.0288
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America Tower, 2929 Allen Parkway,
Suite 2900, Houston, TX 77019
Ph: 713.650.1313
Fax: 713.739.7420
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San Antonio:

1826 North Loop 1604 West, Suite 300
San Antonio, Texas 78248
Ph: 210.640.1650
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102 N College Ave, Suite 303
Tyler, TX 75702
Ph: 713.650.1313
Fax: 713.739.7420
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