Meet Our Mediators
Breadth and depth.
Our mediators each possess a depth of experience in a range of diverse fields– and a record of successfully resolving disputes without expensive, taxing and time-consuming litigation.
George R. Wentz Jr.
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.
George R. Wentz, Jr.
George R. Wentz, Jr. is a member of the Davillier Law Group in our Sandpoint, Idaho office. 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.
Mauricio Cardona is a member of the Davillier Law Group in our Sandpoint, Idaho office. He practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, exempted securities, FCPA compliance, due diligence for complex commercial transactions, energy law, government law, as well as general business advice. Mr. Cardona has helped clients structure offerings that raised tens of millions of dollars, conducted due diligence for multimillion dollar international transactions, conducted internal investigations for multinational companies facing FCPA compliance issues, and helped numerous businesses to establish governance protocols and management companies to reduce owner exposure.
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 of Business Administration from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Bradley University. Before his legal studies he worked as an account executive for an international manufacturing company with significant exposure to GSA programs and compliance. Mr. Cardona was also a project coordinator for a design-build contractor specializing in the energy industry and proof of concept facilities. 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 receiving his Juris Doctor, Mr. Cardona became a staff attorney for a Christian non- 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 While Intoxicated to the biggest Possession with Intent to Deliver synthetic cannabinoids 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 is a Commissioner in the Idaho Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, a board member of the Sandpoint Kiwanis Club, and the Bonner Classical Academy, the Vice President of the Sandpoint Community Resource Envision Center, and a founding member and Vice President of the Idaho St. Thomas More Society.
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 Idaho state courts, and is a member of the Idaho Mediation Association.
Mr. Cardona is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English.
Allen J. Shoff 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, government law, and land use and real estate. Mr. Shoff received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Law. During his time at the College of Law, he was an active member of the Federalist Society, serving a term as the Vice President for Advertising and Marketing, and interned at the Clearwater County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for two years. Mr. Shoff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Hillsdale College.
After completing his legal studies, Mr. Shoff served for approximately five years as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Canyon County, Idaho, with two years as criminal prosecutor and three as a civil attorney representing the Board of County Commissioners and their departments. During his time at Canyon County he prosecuted several thousand cases and took multiple to trial, while serving as co-counsel and primary author for motion practice on several major felonies and civil litigation.
Mr. Shoff left Canyon County at the opportunity to move to the beautiful Sandpoint area, working for several months in private practice before co-founding an Idaho-based web design and hosting firm. He started with the Davillier Law Group in 2021.
Mr. Shoff is licensed and admitted to practice in the state courts of Idaho and in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, and is a member of the Idaho Mediation Association.
Dan Rodriguez has been an attorney for thirty years. Six of those years were in civil litigation, 15 of those years have been as a prosecutor, and 9 of those years have been as a private attorney handling both civil cases and criminal defense.
No one should ever have to be alone or ever walk alone. This is WHY I show up.
Chaplain Dave Lotze’s unwavering 23+ years of dedication toward communal, regional & interpersonal critical incident stress management support within chaplain ministries, has proven to the directly impact hundreds upon hundreds who just needed someone to show up. Chaplin Lotze’s groundbreaking work started in FIRE/EMS in 1995 & has continued without fault. Having served others as a NATIONAL POLICE & FIRE CHAPLIN (NPFCA) trained in CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT (CISM debriefs) CRISIS INTERVENTION (CIT) NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT (NIMS) as well as being an INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS FOUNDATION AFFILIATE, he has garnered a vast regional recognition while selflessly serving as a catalyst for change in our understanding & approach to mental well-being directly impacting FIRE, EMS, PD & families alike.
DT North has 10 years of experience in two party and multi party mediation, and twenty three years of experience as a rehabilitation counselor working in disability systems.