Our Professionals

Our team of professionals is bolstered by the exchange of ideas and insight from a broad range of combined hands-on experience.

DAVILLIER LAW GROUP

Driven by results, we share a dedication to excellence and work in a collaborative manner to ensure that DLG’s clients receive the best possible representation on every matter for which we are engaged.

Meet our team of professionals (in alphabetical order)

Amy C. Clemmons

AMY C. CLEMMONSAmy C. Clemmons
aclemmons@davillierlawgroup.com

AMY C. CLEMMONS is the Chief Attorney of the Litigation Practice Group in the Sandpoint, Idaho office.   Ms. Clemmons is a former Partner with Evans, Craven, Lackie, P.S. in Spokane Washington where she practiced in both Washington and Idaho.  During her 12 years at Evans, Craven, & Lackie, she maintained a litigation practice focusing on municipal liability, constitutional law, civil rights, employment law, insurance defense, and Consumer Protection Act violations.  Ms. Clemmons also served as an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) in Washington state for over 14 years.  As an AAG, she represented various State agencies on a wide variety of constitutional, civil rights and tort litigation actions while successfully managing a litigation team handling one of the highest caseloads across the state.  The Washington State Patrol presented her with the unique and distinct honor of a Chief’s Coin for her exemplary representation of the Patrol during her time as an AAG.  Ms. Clemmons has been advising clients on risk management and litigating tort cases, contract disputes, regulatory compliance, and constitutional and administrative law for over 26 years, successfully trying over 20 cases.

Ms. Clemmons became a member of the Washington State Bar in 1993 and joined the Idaho State Bar in 1994.  Starting in 1998, Amy served on the Washington State Bar Examiners Committee developing and grading the Washington State bar exam.  She later became a member of a three-person Washington State Bar Examiners Appeal Committee and served in that role until 2013.  Ms. Clemmons periodically teaches Business Law as an Adjunct Professor for Eastern Washington University and is regularly asked to be a guest speaker for classes on Mediation, Civil Rights Litigation and Municipal Liability.  She graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 1993, after receiving a Best Brief Award, Negotiation Competition Award, and Linden Cup Competition Award.  In 1989, Ms. Clemmons graduated with honors with a degree in accounting and finance from Fort Lewis College.

Charline K. Gipson

Charline K. Gipson

cgipson@davillierlawgroup.com

Direct Dial: (504) 566-8892

CHARLINE K. GIPSON is a co-founder of the Davillier Law Group, LLC, and a partner in the New Orleans office. Prior to coming on board, Ms. Gipson was a Corporate Associate at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York City and a Business Associate at Phelps Dunbar LLP in New Orleans. She first moved to New Orleans in 2004 to serve as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle in the Eastern District of Louisiana, United States District Court. Ms. Gipson has handled a wide array of corporate and commercial transactions including organizational restructuring, private and public finance, non-profit organization and federal tax exemption, real estate development, settlement and negotiation strategy, contracts, Form S-1 registration of an initial public offering, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters.

Ms. Gipson received a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Cornell University and has worked as a Management Consultant for Communication Processes and Organizational Change Management. She earned her Doctor of Law degree from Cornell Law School in 2003 with a concentration in Business Law and Regulation. While in law school, Ms. Gipson completed a semester exchange at L’Université Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne in France; served as an Editor for the Legal Information Institute-NY Bulletin, Cornell’s online law journal; and was the Regional Representative for the Black Law Students Association. She also received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Wrongful Convictions and served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable John Rowley, Tompkins County Court, in Ithaca, New York.

Ms. Gipson is a member of the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. She is a 2011 graduate of Justice Revius O. Ortique Leadership Institute and also participated in Young Leaders Council (YLC) 2007 Leadership Institute and CBNO/MAC Metropolitan Leadership Forum in 2006.

Ms. Gipson is admitted to practice in Louisiana and New York

Jonathan D. Lewis

JONATHAN D. LEWIS
jlewis@davillierlawgroup.com

JONATHAN D. LEWIS is an associate attorney in the New Orleans office of Davillier Law Group. He is a 2012 graduate of Loyola University with a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice, and a 2016 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law with a focus in Civil Law Division, Entrepreneurship and Intellectual Technology. His practice focuses primarily on general commercial litigation and, more specifically, in products liability, toxic torts, construction, intellectual property/trademark infringement and insurance defense related matters.

Mr. Lewis’ legal experience further involves immediate response, assessment and defense of catastrophic incidents and natural disasters. In addition to his litigation practice, he has also represented numerous clients in the entertainment business in contractual negotiations and in the areas of trademark, copyright and other general entertainment law practice concerns. Mr. Lewis has handled and resolved matters for individual performers, record labels and their representatives.

While in law school, Jonathan was an active member of the Student Bar Association, Black Law Student Association, Sports & Entertainment Law Society and Student Ambassadors. He also was an active member of the Loyola Moot Court Program and served as an Oralist for the Civil Rights & Liberties moot court team.

Mr. Lewis is active in the New Orleans community and passionate about charity work. He is also an active member of his local church and other community service organizations. Jonathan is a youth mentor with the Son of A Saint organization, committee chair and member of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, active member of the New Orleans Bar Association, and a member of the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans.

Mr. Lewis is licensed and admitted to practice in all Louisiana State and Federal courts.

Albert A. Thibodeaux

Albert A. Thibodeaux

athibodeaux.davillierlawgroup.com

Direct Dial: (504) 566-4942

ALBERT A. THIBODEAUX has been Of Counsel to Davillier Law Group, LLC since March 2012. Mr. Thibodeaux is a seasoned trial attorney with over fifteen years of civil litigation experience before numerous state and federal courts in Louisiana. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Thibodeaux served as the Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans from August 2002 to July 2010. As Chief Deputy City Attorney, Mr. Thibodeaux supervised the General Litigation Division and served as lead trial attorney on several high profile cases, including the City’s Hurricane Katrina insurance litigation. Prior to his appointment as Chief Deputy City Attorney, Mr. Thibodeaux served as a Staff Attorney for the Housing Authority of New Orleans from April 2001 to July 2002, and as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of New Orleans assigned to the Federal/Police Litigation Division from April 1997 to April 2001. Mr. Thibodeaux left the City of New Orleans Law Department in July 2010 to start a full service law firm with a concentration in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance law, municipal law, casualty defense, personal injury law, real estate law, and successions.

Mr. Thibodeaux is a 1996 graduate of Tulane University Law School. While attending Tulane, Mr. Thibodeaux was a student attorney in the Civil Litigation Clinic. He also served as a Law Clerk in the State Farm Insurance In-House Claims Litigation Counsel Group and as a Senior Law Clerk in the City of New Orleans Law Department. Mr. Thibodeaux was also a member of the Student Bar Association and served as Vice-President of the Black Law Student’s Association.

Mr. Thibodeaux is a 1991 graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana’s Division of Education, where he received a Bachelor of Art in Social Studies Education. While attending Xavier University, Mr. Thibodeaux was selected to study at Columbia University’s Teachers’ College in the summer of 1989. Upon graduating from Xavier University, he accepted a position as an Instructor and Department Chairperson at Xavier University Preparatory High School, where he served from August 1991 to May 1993.

In addition to his full time litigation practice, Mr. Thibodeaux is a professor of Business Law at Xavier University of Louisiana in the Division of Business. He has been Magistrate Commissioner of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court since January, 2014. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, New Orleans Bar Association, New Orleans Black Chamber of Commerce and the St. Augustine High School Alumni Advisory Board.

Charles F. Zimmer II

CHARLES F. ZIMMER II
czimmer@davillierlawgroup.com

CHARLES F. ZIMMER II is the Head of the Litigation Practice Group in the New Orleans, Louisiana office. Mr. Zimmer has guided multi-national and closely held companies away from risk and eliminated threats through successful litigation and negotiation for over 20 years. His litigation experience includes extensive complex and commercial litigation in federal and state courts, including MDL, class, and mass individual actions. Those matters cover a wide breadth of business litigation from routine business contract and labor disputes to federal antitrust class actions as well as financial fraud litigation and professional accounting defense of a Big Four accounting firm. Mr. Zimmer has extensive experience leading skilled teams from the inception of the dispute, through discovery and trial and on to argument before the courts of appeal.

In addition to representing businesses, Charles is a business owner, inventor, and patent holder. Having lived the role of both client and counsel, Charles understands the need to provide efficient, quality work clients can trust without exception.

Mr. Zimmer is a Tulane Law School graduate (J.D.), and majored in accounting (B.S.) at Louisiana State University. Although he does not practice public accounting, Charles has passed all sections of the national Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination. He is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the State Courts of Louisiana, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the federal district courts of Louisiana.

Some of the reported matters Charles has worked on include the following:

  • W&T Offshore, L.L.C. v. Tex. Brine Corp., 2018-0950 (La. 06/26/19) 2019 La. LEXIS 1582; 2019 WL 2750884 (re: pipeline servitude rights)
  • Vieux Carre Comm’n Found. v. City of New Orleans, 2017-CA-0527 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1/31/2018) 2018 La. App. LEXIS 171 (re: building permit approval process)
  • GE v. West Feliciana Parish Hosp. Serv. Dist. No. 1, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164214 (E.D. La. 11/29/2016) (re: public bid law dispute)
  • ETI, Inc. v. Buck Steel, Inc., 2016-CA-0602, 211 So. 3d 439, 441 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2/1/2017) (re: construction defects)
  • Bartholomew-Woods v. Wilson, 2016-1163 (La.App. 4 Cir. 11/04/16) 2016 La. App. LEXIS 2494, 204 So. 3d 639 (re: election challenge)
  • Moon Ventures, L.L.C. v. KPMG, L.L.P., 06-1520 (La.App. 3 Cir. 08/15/07) 964 So. 2d 446, 447, 2007 La. App. LEXIS 1553 (re: professional accounting defense)
  • Two Canal St. Investors, Inc. v. New Orleans Bldg. Corp., 2016-0825 (La.App. 4 Cir. 09/23/16) 202 So. 3d 1003, 1006, 2016 La. App. LEXIS 1791 (re: public bid challenge)
  • Louisiana Wholesale Drug Co., Inc. v. Sanofi-Aventis, et al., Docket No. 07-7343, U.S.D.C. S.D.N.Y. (re: Arava antitrust litigation)
  • Admiral Ins. Co. v. Abshire, 574 F.3d 267 (U.S. 5th Cir. 2009); also, 09-30121, U.S. 5th Cir. 2009 (re: fraudulent investment regulation)

Mauricio Cardona

Mauricio Cardona

Attorney, The Davillier Law Group

mcardona@davillierlawgroup.com

MAURICIO CARDONA is an associate with the Davillier Law Group in our Sandpoint, Idaho office. He practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, constitutional law, employment law, energy law, government law, insurance defense, land use and real estate, as well as general business advice. Mr. Cardona received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law where he received the University of Iowa’s Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award for his work to establish the Center for Worker Justice. He also received the Dean’s Award in Contracts and Sales Transactions and worked as an Immigration Fellow at the University of Iowa’s Legal Clinic. He interned with Briggs and Morgan and Excel Energy in Minneapolis. Mr. Cardona also served on the Dean’s Advisory Council on Diversity, the Pro Bono Society, as the president of the Latino Law Student Association and vice president of the International Law Society.

Mr. Cardona holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Bradley University. Before law School he worked for over five years in Colorado as an Account Executive for a wholesale mortgage company, an international manufacturing company and then as a project coordinator for a Design-Build contractor specializing in the energy industry. During that time Mr. Cardona developed a reputation for his customer centered approach and ability to coordinate design, manufacturing, delivery and after sale services for his clients.

After Law School Mr. Cardona became a staff attorney for a Christian not-for-profit representing clients in immigration proceedings. He then joined the Dane County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted thousands of cases and tried over thirty of them, ranging from non-criminal operating under the influence to the biggest synthetic cannabinoids with intent to deliver case in Wisconsin’s history. Mr. Cardona also represented the State in Dane County’s Operating While Intoxicated and Diversion Drug specialty courts. Currently Mr. Cardona sits on the board of Idaho’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

Mr. Cardona is licensed in Idaho and admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, as well as in state court.
Mr. Cardona is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English.

Daniel E. Davillier

Daniel E. Davillier

ddavillier@davillierlawgroup.com

Direct Dial: (504) 566-8892

DANIEL E. DAVILLIER is the founder of the Davillier Law Group, LLC. Prior to launching the firm, Mr. Davillier was a partner at Phelps Dunbar, LLP. He advises clients in the areas of commercial finance, commercial real estate, commodities trade transactions, general business, local governmental relations, and gaming. In connection with the film industry in Louisiana, Mr. Davillier represents financial institutions and production companies concerning film finance, tax credit, and other related matters. Mr. Davillier also represents a number of professional athletes in the NBA and NFL in connection with various commercial transactions throughout the United States (including the acquisition of businesses, the establishment of 501(c)(3) non-profit corporations, and the recovery of funds from third parties).

Mr. Davillier holds a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business from the University of New Orleans. He graduated, cum laude, from Tulane University Law School in 1994. While at Tulane, Mr. Davillier served as President of the Black Law Students Association and served on the Moot Court Board. He was also inducted into the international legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi, and won American Jurisprudence Awards for Security Rights and Obligations II. He is a recipient of the 2011 Leadership in Law Award from the New Orleans CityBusiness publication and the 2012 Multicultural Leadership Award from the Louisiana Diversity Council.

Mr. Davillier is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar 
Association and the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. Mr. Davillier is also a graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, and has served on the board of the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the National Conference for Community and Justice, the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, and St. Augustine High School.

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® for the Highest Level of Professional Excellence Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, Reflecting the confidential opinion of members of the Bar and Judiciary

John W. Howard

John W. Howard

A corporate and business litigator for more than thirty years, John Howard has distinguished himself both at trial and in his ability to successfully short-circuit major lawsuits through the skillful use of early motions.  He has handled more than one hundred fifty cases though trial, mediation, arbitration and dismissal throughout his career.

Mr. Howard represents large companies and small in all manner of business and contractual disputes and specializes in loss prevention through advance consultation and the implementation of internal programs designed to insulate companies from potential lawsuits.   He has represented companies in such diverse industries as defense contracting, turbine and generator manufacturing, real estate development, high tech, e-commerce, contracting, venture funds, banking, insurance and many others.

In 1986, Mr. Howard became general counsel of one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate and parking management firms with over $100,000,000 in annual revenues, parlaying his litigation skills to implement loss mitigation and insurance programs that not only resulted in reducing claims and preventing litigation but, also, in substantially shrinking insurance costs and fees to outside lawyers by more than one million dollars.

He brought his experience in litigating major corporate disputes to the skill of corporate governance, negotiating and drafting contracts and addressing corporate and regulatory compliance issues.  He instituted policies that successfully minimized the risk of litigation and reduced legal claims by 80%.  He navigated the company through labyrinthine state and federal corporate regulations as the company expanded throughout the nation from its California base.

Mr. Howard served in that capacity until he was recruited to serve as general counsel of a real estate development company specializing in high-end retirement centers.

In the early ‘90’s, Mr. Howard turned his litigation skills to Constitutional law and undertook cases throughout the nation, specializing in cases involving the protection of First,  Second, Fifth and Tenth Amendment liberties.  He represented states and counties in their efforts to stem the tide of federal encroachment on state prerogatives and to secure the unique cultures of individual states.  His cases were reported in such national newspapers as the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, New York Times, Washington Times, Washington Post and many others. He was featured on CNN and profiled by Connie Chung on Eye to Eye with Connie Chung.

Mr. Howard returned to private practice in 1995, establishing JW Howard/Attorneys to bring his combination of major corporate transactional experience and litigation skill to companies of all sizes.  Since that time he has assisted dozens of companies in creating structures that prevent claims; efficiently litigating those that cannot be avoided and negotiating protective agreements that mean disputes never arise.  His clients run the gamut from high tech and internet start ups to traditional, old economy heavy equipment manufacturing to consumer products to real estate development to important government contractors.  His clients include publicly as well as privately held companies. In 2017, Mr. Howard affiliated with The Davillier Law Group, becoming Special Counsel to that firm.

At Davillier, his specialty at assisting start-ups with the organization of corporate structures has assisted dozens of companies in achieving successful establishment and expansion plans. At the same time, he has served as a sort of outside “inside counsel”, intimately involved with his clients’ businesses, advising and representing them in the hundreds of challenges corporations now face through government regulation and corporate competition and he has coordinated the employment of more highly specialized counsel for discrete, high level projects.

Mr. Howard is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, in philosophy and history.  He received his law degree from California Western School of Law and completed the University of California Hastings Law School College of Advocacy.  He is a member of the Enright Inn of Court of the American Inns of Court.

For twenty years, he served as an arbitrator appointed by the San Diego Superior Court and as an Administrative Law Judge for employment disputes for the City of Los Angeles in 1994-95.

Mr. Howard served as chairman of the Indigent Defense Advisory Board by appointment of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in which capacity he was responsible for the creation and establishment of the first public defender office in San Diego County.  He was also appointed by the Mayor Roger Hedgecock as chairman of the Public Arts Advisory Board of the City of San Diego.  His work on that board resulted in the establishment of San Diego’s first Commission for Arts and Culture.

Mr. Howard has also served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations and has been recognized both by the State Bar of California and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program for exemplary service to the profession.

Admitted to Practice:

United States Supreme Court

All courts in the State of California

All courts in the State of Colorado

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia

United States Court of Federal Claims

Federal District Court, Northern District of California

Federal District Court, Eastern District of California

Federal District Court, Central District of California

Federal District Court, Southern District of California

Federal District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

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Richard H. Seamon

Richard H. Seamon

rseamon@davillierlawgroup.com

Richard H. Seamon serves as Special Counsel to Davillier Law Group, LLC, and is also a fulltime professor at the College of Law, University of Idaho. As a distinguished practitioner, Mr. Seamon has over 30 years’ experience litigating matters in federal courts and federal agencies, including matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, where he has presented oral argument several times. Professor Seamon has published law review articles and also co-authored a book on practice before the U.S. Supreme Court: The Supreme Court Sourcebook (Aspen Pub. 2013) (with A. Siegel, J. Thai & K. Watts). He teaches both administrative law and constitutional law courses, and has previously taught civil procedure, criminal procedure, federal courts, and U.S. Supreme Court practice.

Mr. Seamon earned a B.A. and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He received his J.D. from Duke Law School in 1986, graduating as a member of the Order of the Coif. Mr. Seamon served as a federal law clerk to Kenneth W. Starr, then a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Following his clerkship, Mr. Seamon was an associate with the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., before becoming an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice. In his first two years in that position, he served under then-Solicitor General Starr and then-Principal Deputy Solicitor General John G. Roberts, Jr. (now the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court).

Mr. Seamon is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar, and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.

George R. Wentz, Jr.

George R. Wentz, Jr.

Partner, The Davillier Law Group

(504) 458-7143

George R. Wentz, Jr. is a partner with the Davillier Law Group in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Wentz received his Bachelor of Sciences degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Delaware, where he was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, in 1983. Mr. Wentz also served as the Administrative Editor of the Georgetown International Law Journal. Mr. Wentz was appointed to the Office of Policy Development of the Federal Trade Commission by President Ronald Reagan, where he analyzed the economic impact of trade laws and regulations, and developed and proposed legislative and regulatory approaches to enhance efficiency.

Mr. Wentz has over thirty years’ experience in handling complex international litigation, maritime litigation, oil and gas exploration and production matters, alternative dispute resolution, international transactions, constitutional law analysis, providing general business advice, and representing state and local governments. He has a reputation as a result oriented lawyer known for innovative thinking and problem solving. During the course of his career, Mr. Wentz has worked in most aspects of the oil and gas business, representing clients including Global Marine (now Transocean), Occidental Petroleum, BP, Marathon and Noble. Mr. Wentz has also represented CFE (power company of Mexico) in various matters. Mr. Wentz has also represented underwriters of various energy and power generation companies in large subrogation matters, including Houston Casualty Company and underwriters at Lloyd’s. He has expertise in international commodities transactions, including banking and financing related to those transactions, as well as international tax issues related to offshore banking. He also represents state and local governmental entities with regard to interaction and disputes with federal agencies with regard to public lands. He quarterbacked the production of a comprehensive constitutional analysis of Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act on behalf of Utah’s Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands.

Mr. Wentz is an active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He is a recipient of the 2008 Leadership in Law Award from New Orleans City Business Magazine. Mr. Wentz was active in pro bono work following Hurricane Katrina, where his efforts assisted in the formation of New Orleans’ public-private partnership for economic development.

Mr. Wentz is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States Supreme Court, and all Louisiana State Courts. He has also litigated cases in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, as well as in various state courts in Texas.

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