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.

2018 Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars:

  • Germer, PLLC congratulates the following attorneys for being named Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2018:
    • Patrick Bates – Houston
    • Ryan Bueche – Austin
    • Sarah Dionne – Houston
    • Franklin Hopkins – Austin
    • Christopher Leavins – Beaumont
    • John Patout, Jr. – Houston
    • Collin Shellenberger – Beaumont

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Recent Additions to the firm:

  • Greg Cox – Austin
  • Jeri Wechsler – Austin
  • Valerie Lewis – Beaumont Office

Mitch Smith’s Recent Recognition:

  • Mitch Smith was recently recognized for his service as Editor of the Jefferson County Bar Journal for the past decade.  The article is available in Vol. 13, Issue 3 of the Jefferson County Bar Journal.

Ryan Bueche and James Hicks’ Recent Trials:

  • Ryan and James recently obtained a favorable verdict in Cause No. D-1-GN-15-001845; Jacob South and Rachel Andrews v. Roger Dale Pierce and Gulfside Supply, Inc. in the 345th Judicial District Court of Travis County, Texas

Collin Shellenberger and Hunter Davidson’s Recent Insurance Coverage Dispute Victory:

  • Collin and Hunter recently obtained a judgment in favor of one of their insurance company clients in a coverage dispute case styled Dana Dorman v. Christina Martin and Meghann Muldoon, et al; Cause No. 2016-69194; In the 270th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas.

Tom Bullion and Chris Blackerby’s Recent Trials:

  • Tom and Chris recently obtained a defense verdict in a suit alleging manufacturing and design defects of a tire caused a double fatality in Cause No. CV14-1833; Kimberly Witt, Deceased, et al v. Michelin North America, Inc., et al in the 43rd Judicial District Court of Parker County, Texas.

Gregg Brown’s recent trials:

  • Gregg recently obtained a defense verdict in a major construction accident case in Cause No. DC-15-05396; Maria Meira, et al. v. J.H. Strain & Sons, Inc., et al.; In the 95th Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas.

Franklin Hopkins & Maria Hexel’s recent events:

  • An appeal to the Texas Department of State Health Services resulted in the insurance company withdrawing their recoupment request from the provider/client.

Chad Geisler and Missy Atwood’s recent trials:

  • On November 29, 2017, Chad and Missy obtained a defense verdict in Cause No. 274,364; Anderson v. Baylor, Scott, & White; in the 146th Judicial District Court of Bell County, Texas.

Christy Amuny’s recent trials:

  • Christy recently obtained a favorable verdict in Cause No. D-196,694; Edward Ryan v. Stephen Muller; in the 136th Judicial District Court of Jefferson County, Texas.

Recent Presentations by Missy Atwood:

  • Missy Atwood has given the following Continuing Legal Education (CLE)/Continuing Medical Education (CME) presentations recently:
    • Legal Issues for Attending Physician Providing End of Life Care:  Update on Advance Directives and the Impact of SB11 Presented to St. David’s Medical Center in December 2017 and North Austin Medical Center in March 2018
    • Avoiding a Negligent Credentialing Claiming Presented to the TMSS 2017 Annual Conference
    • HIPAA and State Privacy Law Compliance for Law Firms

Recent Publication by Sonny Eckart:

  • Sonny Eckhart published an article titled Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies in the Fall 2017 Edition of Volume 80 of The Advocate in the symposium edition “Before You File Suit.” The article is available in print and on Westlaw at 80 The Advoc. (Texas) 12.

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.

Troy Williams and Robin Blanchette’s recent trials:

  • 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:

  • Christy Amuny serves as the Course Director for the 10th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation Course for the Texas Bar CLE, to be presented in February 2018.
  • Christy Amuny serves as the Program Chair for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel Winter Seminar, to be held in February 2018.

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.


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