Our Professionals

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


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

Daniel E. Davillier

Daniel E. Davillier


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.

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Charline K. Gipson

Charline K. Gipson


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

Hon. Michael G. Bagneris Judge (Retired)

The Hon. Michael G. Bagneris Judge (Retired)

Orleans Parish Civil District Court

Judge Michael G. Bagneris is a proud native of New Orleans. He attended St. Augustine High School where he graduated 4th in his class. He went on to Yale University where he received two B.A. degrees, one in American History and the other in African-American History. In 1975, he received his J.D. from Tulane Law School.While in law school, Judge Bagneris clerked for the Law Firm of Fine & Waltzer, and became an associate upon graduation; in 1979, he became a partner and the firm was renamed Fine, Waltzer & Bagneris; in 1980 he became Executive Counsel to Mayor Ernest “Dutch” Morial; in 1986, he returned to his law practice at Waltzer & Bagneris; in 1993, he was elected Judge in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court; after serving 20 years on the bench Judge Bagneris retired in 2013.

As a judicial educator, Judge Bagneris lectures extensively, primarily on evidence, personal injury, legal experts, ethics, and professionalism; he serves as a Bar Examiner for the Louisiana State Bar, a member of the Louisiana Judicial College, Supreme Court Ethics Committee, and Supreme Court Pro Se Litigation Committee.

Judge Bagneris is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations, including the American Bar Association, American Judges Association, Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation, Judicial Council-NBA, Louis A. Martinet Society, Louisiana District Judges Association, Louisiana Judicial Council-NBA, Louisiana State Bar Association, NAACP, National Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Pro Bono Project.

Judge Bagneris is married to Madlyn Bridges and they have four children and ten grandchildren.

D. Colton Boyles

D. Colton Boyles


D. COLTON BOYLES is an associate with the Davillier Law Group in Sandpoint, Idaho. He practices in the areas of commercial litigation, local government representation, insurance defense, land use and real estate, as well as general business advice. Mr. Boyles received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Law where he was active in pro bono work for the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund. During his third year of law school, he served as a licensed legal intern for a Washington county prosecutor and focused on the investigation and prosecution of alleged misdemeanor criminal violations.

Prior to joining the Davillier Law Group, Mr. Boyles worked for almost a decade as an insurance adjuster, handling a variety of types of claims and serving on the catastrophe team. His policy focus areas included residential and commercial property, auto, heavy equipment, bodily injury, with additional special assignments for rope and harness, two story-steep, re-inspection, and cleanup for various carriers. Mr. Boyles co-founded an adjusting firm that handles insurance claims in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.

Mr. Boyles is a Past President of the Idaho student chapter of the Federalist Society. Mr. Boyles is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, as well as in Idaho, Washington, and New Mexico state courts.

Michael S. Oswald

Michael S. Oswald

Michael S. Oswald serves as Special Counsel to Davillier Law Group, LLC, in Boise, Idaho. Michael previously co-founded InnovaCounsel, a firm that provides part-time General Counsel to businesses and nonprofit organizations in Idaho and California.

Michael was the first in-house lawyer at a string of technology companies: ichat, Inc. (later re-branded as Acuity), a venture-funded software start-up in Austin, Texas; NowDocs, Inc, and Lantronix, Inc. (each in Orange County, CA).

He has over 35 years of in-house business and legal experience in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, construction, real estate and technology. He knows how to help make and implement good business decisions.

Michael has since October 2013 been a member of the Board of Directors of Genesis Community Health, a Boise-based nonprofit that provides free medical, dental, and mental health services to low-income adults. Michael is the Board Secretary.

Michael has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside, and a J.D. from Santa Clara University.  He is licensed to practice in California, Colorado (currently inactive), and Idaho.

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


Who’s Who in America

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Who’s Who in American Law

Albert A. Thibodeaux

Albert A. Thibodeaux


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.

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.

Charles F. Zimmer II

Charles F. Zimmer II

Attorney, The Davillier Law Group

(504) 582-6998

As counsel, Charles has guided multi-national and closely held companies away from risk, and eliminated threats through successful litigation and settlement for over 15 years. His litigation experience includes extensive complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts, including MDL, class, and mass individual actions. Those matters cover a wide breadth of business litigation from general commercial to antitrust, from financial transactions to professional accounting defense of a Big Four accounting firm.

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. Charles 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 actions Charles has worked on include the following:

  • King Drug, et al., v. Cephalon, Inc., et al., 06-01797, U.S.D.C. E.D.Pa. (re: Provigil antitrust litigation).
  • In Re: Stericycle, Inc.Sterisafe Contract Litigation, Docket No. 15-cv-04611, N.D. Ill. (MDL No. 2455).
  • LeBlanc v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, Docket No. 15-9001, U.S. 5th Cir. 2015 (re: contaminated gasoline sales).
  • 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).
  • In re Cardizem CD Antitrust Litig., MDL Docket No. 1278, U.S.D.C., E.D.Mich.
  • In re Relafen Antitrust Litig., Master File No. 01-12239, U.S.D.C., D.Mass.
  • In re Terazosin Hydrochloride Antitrust Litig., MDL Docket No. 1317, U.S.D.C., S.D. Fla.
  • In re K-Dur Antitrust Litig., MDL Docket No. 1419, U.S.D.C., D.N.J.
  • In re TriCor Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litig., Docket No. 05-340, U.S.D.C., D. Del.
  • In re Northwest Airlines Corp., et al., Antitrust Litig., Master File No. 96-74711, U.S.D.C., E.D.Mich. (re: airline pricing antitrust litigation).
  • Louisiana Wholesale Drug Company, Inc. v. Biovail Corp. and Forest Laboratories, Inc., Docket No. 04-2235, U.S.D.C., D.D.C. (re: Tiazac antitrust litigation).
  • Texas Grain Storage, Inc. v. Monsanto Company, Docket No. 07-673, U.S. D.C. W.D.Tex. (re: Roundup antitrust litigation).
  • In re Mushroom Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litig., Master File No. 06-0620, U.S.D.C., E.D. Pa.
  • 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).

Richard H. Seamon

Richard H. Seamon


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.

Greg Ferney

Greg Ferney

Greg Ferney is a practicing attorney with extensive experience in tax planning, entity formation, corporate matters, reorganizations, acquisitions, and commercial litigation. He has represented startup companies in both the wind and solar industry and has negotiated power purchase agreements with different utilities.

An Idaho native, Greg earned his J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2002, and an LL.M. in Taxation at the University of Washington School of Law in 2006.

Mauricio Cardona

Mauricio Cardona

Attorney, The Davillier Law Group


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.

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