G. Robert Sonnier, Principal

                        G. Robert Sonnier

Austin Office

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 litigation.  He has handled hundreds of product defect cases and served as national and regional counsel for a major automotive manufacturer.  His litigation practice has included matters involving fires and explosions, fuel systems, automobiles and heavy equipment, exposure to asbestos and other chemicals, and other catastrophic injury claims.  He has tried numerous cases including automotive products liability, premises liability, asbestos, trucking, railroad, and general negligence cases.

Robert received his undergraduate degree in Finance from The University of Texas in 1986 and his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1990.  He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and State Bar of Oklahoma.  Robert is also a member of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Directors 2009-present), Defense Research Institute, and Austin Bar Association.  He is a regular speaker at various legal seminars and meetings and addresses a variety of topics related to litigation.  He has also published articles in several bar journals and CLE publications related to litigation.  Robert is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell legal directory.

Professional Background

  • Joined Germer Beaman & Brown as a principal in 2011
  • Previously a shareholder with Clark Thomas & Winters, PC

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas - 1990
  • State Bar of Oklahoma - 2005
  • Admitted to practice before the following courts:
    • All Texas state courts
    • All Oklahoma state courts
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • United States District Court for Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
    • United States District Court for Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma


  • Texas Tech University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor - 1990
  • University of Texas at Austin
    • Bachelor of Business Administration - 1986

Recognitions and Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Directors 2009-present)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Austin Bar Association

Representative Experience

  • Mr. Sonnier has represented several major automotive manufacturers, as well as companies in the oil, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, trucking, and insurance industries.  He recently tried an asbestos case for a premises client in El Paso County, Texas that involved a worker that contracted peritoneal mesothelioma and obtained the first defense verdict in that county for such a case.


  • Snow skiing
  • Water sports
  • Traveling
  • Running
  • College football

Civic Involvement

  • Mr. Sonnier has coached and managed numerous youth sports teams (football, baseball and basketball) in Northwest Austin for over 15 years.  He is also active in the athletic booster club for a local high school in Austin.

Contact Information

Email Address:
Austin Office