Karen R. Bennett, Managing Principal

                        Karen R. Bennett

409.654.6700
Beaumont Office

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 served as Editing Director of the Legal Research Board.  She received an American Jurisprudence award for academic achievement and was the recipient of an academic scholarship.  Karen has handled a docket of personal injury and civil litigation files since the beginning of her practice.  She is also the principal in charge of the firm's Family Law Department.  In addition to her docket, she has assisted other attorneys in the discovery phase and trial of several complex cases including those involving class actions and prescription drugs.  She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Texas, all Texas state courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  She is a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, State Bar of Texas, Texas Women Lawyers, Jefferson County Bar Association along with Family Law Section, Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, American Board of Trial Advocates, and Houston Chapter of American Board of Trial Advocates.  She also has served on the Board of Directors for the Jefferson County Teen Court and has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and Mickey Mehaffy Inns of Court.  She has served on the Board of the Jefferson County Bar Association Auxiliary and is a past President.  She has also served on the Board of the Junior League of Beaumont.  She was recognized as a "Texas Super Lawyer" in 2013-2017 as published in Texas Monthly Magazine.  Karen has been active in many local volunteer organizations in the community.

Karen's practice is primarily focused on products liability, insurance litigation, civil litigation, family law, pharmaceutical litigation, toxic tort litigation, and transportation and trucking litigation.

Professional Background

  • Joined Germer in 1994 as an associate
  • Became a principal in January 1997
  • Managing principal since February 2008

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas - 1991
  • Admitted to practice before the following courts:
    • All Texas state courts
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas

Professional Certifications

  • Certified by State Bar of Texas, Attorney Ad Litem

Education

  • Texas Tech University Law School
    • Juris Doctor -1991
    • Class Rank top 11%
    • Editing Director, Legal Research Board
    • American Jurisprudence Award - Property
    • Volunteer Law Students and Lawyers
    • Law Student division of State Bar of Texas and American Bar Association
  • University of Texas at Arlington
    • Bachelor of Arts - Political Science - 1988
    • Liberal Arts Honor Roll
    • Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society

Recognitions and Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent
  • "Texas Super Lawyer" as published in Texas Monthly Magazine, 2013-2017

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas (1992-present)
  • American Bar Association (1991-present)
  • Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the Houston Chapter of ABOTA (2009-present)
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (1992-present)
  • Jefferson County Bar Association (1991-present)
    • Board of Directors (2008-2009)
    • Family Law Section (2007-present)
  • Prior member of Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association
  • Prior member of The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Prior member of Mickey Mehaffy Inn of Court
  • Defense Research Institute (1998-present)
  • The Bar Association for the Eastern District of Texas (2002-present)
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (2002-present) 
  • Texas Women Lawyers
  • Jefferson County Bar Association Auxiliary (1992-present)
    • Board of Directors (1995-2002)
    • President (2000-2001)
    • President Elect (1999-2000)
    • 2nd Vice President (1998-1999)
    • Treasurer (1996-1998)
    • Parliamentarian (2001-2002)
    • Teen Cour Chairman (1995-1996)
    • Finance Committee Chairman (1996-1998)
    • Scholarship Committee (1996-1998)
    • Teen Court Co-Chairman (1997-1998)
    • Membership Chairman (1998-1999)

Civic Involvement

  • Teen Court - Board of Directors (1995-1996)
  • Texas Lawyers Auxiliary (1995-present)
  • The Symphony League of Southeast Texas (1993-present)
  • The Junior League of Beaumont (1996-present)
    • Provisional Member (1996-1997)
    • Sustainer (2006-present)
    • Active Member (1997-present)
    • Treasurer, Antique & Garden Show Committee (1997-1998)
    • Finance Committee (1997-2004, 2005-2006)
    • Finance Council (1998-2004, 2005-2006)
    • Sustaining Advisor, Finance Committee (2007-2008)
    • Business Manager, Research and Development Committee (1998-1999)
    • Treasurer - Elect (1999-2000)
    • Treasurer (2000-2001)
    • Board of Directors (1999-2001)
    • Community Assistance Fund Committee (Advisory Member) (1999-2000)
    • Schlesingers Geriatric Center Holiday Happenings Committee (1992-2000)
    • Active Members Campaign Division Chair (2000)
    • Volunteer of the Year (2001-2002)
    • Yearbook Chair (2001-2002)
    • Business Manager, Rummage Sale (2002-2003)
    • Resource Development Chair (2003-2004)
    • Active Member of the Year (2004)
    • Ways and Means Chair (2005-2006)
    • Nominating and Placement (Sustaining Advisor 2009-2010)
  • The Symphony League of Beaumont (1996-present)
  • Beaumont Chamber of Commerce (1999-present)
  • "Now You Are 18" Program
  • Teen Court
  • Pro Bono Program (Jefferson County Bar Association)
  • 1996 TADC Young Lawyers Seminar Speaker "Summary Judgment Practice"
  • Board of Directors, Advisory member, for TRAIL with Buckner Children & Family Services (1999)
  • All Saints Episcopal School Board Member (2006-2007)
    • Curriculum/Academic Affiars Committee (2006-2007)
    • Self-Study Accreditation Steering Committee (2007)
  • All Saints Episcopal School Parents Association (1999-present)
    • President (2006-2007)
    • President Elect (2005-2006)
    • Chairman, Winter Carnival (2002-2003)
    • Chairman, Teacher Hospitality Committee (2003-2005)
    • Book Fair, Book Review Committee (2005-2006)
  • All Saints Episcopal School Annual Fund Chair (2008-2010)
  • All Saints Episcopal School Capital Campaign Committee (2009-2010)
  • Casas for Casa, Raffle Ticket Committee (2004)
  • Briar Creek III Homeowners' Association (1995-2010)
    • Recording Secretary (2006-2009)
  • Kelly High School Parent Facilitator (2010-present)
  • Kelly High School Marketing Committee (2010-2011)

Contact Information

Email Address:
Phone:
409.654.6700
Location:
Beaumont Office