Our Attorneys


Mr. Javier is a native of Miami, Florida but has made New Orleans his home since 1995. Mr. Javier earned his undergraduate degree, majoring in business administration with a minor in psychology, from Emory University in 1993. While at Emory, Mr. Javier was an active member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Mr. Javier attended Loyola University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he earned many distinctions. He was a Moot Court board member, Moot Court semifinalist, a Moot Court teaching assistant and was also the first, second year law student ever selected to coach one of Loyola's national teams. He was a member of the St. Thomas More Inns of Court and has also had articles published in law journals. 

Mr. Javier is currently recognized by A.M. Best in its Best's Directories of Recommended Insurance Attorneys. He also received the highest "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been invited for inclusion in the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Javier has motion, trial, and appellate practice and experience in both state and federal courts, and as lead counsel, he has successfully tried, settled, and mediated cases, several of which have had multi-million dollar exposures, throughout Louisiana and even in federal court in Mississippi. He represents many corporations (several of which are Fortune 500 companies), insurance companies, and self-insured entities and he frequently provides in-house seminars to his clients in his areas of practice. He is a state expert consultant for a national media publication which provides its subscribers with current jurisprudential updates. He is also national counsel to a Fortune 500 corporation regarding Medicare related issues in general liability cases. 

In 2018, Mr. Javier became a qualified mediator with the prestigious mediation group, MAPS (Mediation and Arbitration Professional Systems). He has successfully resolved approximately 85% of his mediations. Mr. Javier was also accepted into, and has completed, advanced mediation training at the prestigious Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His “tenacious” approach to mediation has made him an often sought after mediator, especially in difficult cases or where an initial mediation failed. 

Mr. Javier is barred in both Louisiana and Texas jurisdictions. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. 


Ms. Decker is a native and lifelong resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned her undergraduate degree in Managerial Finance from the University of Mississippi in 2003. While at Ole Miss, she was a member of Golden Key International Honour Society and served as an officer in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. In May of 2006, Ms. Decker was awarded her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Law School in New Orleans. She was admitted to the Louisiana bar in October, 2006.

Ms. Decker is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.


Mr. Buerger is a native of Pittsboro, Indiana and moved to New Orleans in 2000. Mr. Buerger was graduated in 1995 from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, with a bachelor of arts degree in history. While at Evansville, Mr. Buerger was an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and the varsity football team. Mr. Buerger subsequently attended Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana, earning his juris doctor in 2003.

Mr. Buerger has motion, trial, and appellate practice and experience in both state and federal courts, and he has successfully tried, settled, and mediated cases throughout Louisiana. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association and represents the 22nd Judicial District in the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Mr. Buerger has been admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana.


Mr. Lawler was born and raised in New Orleans. He attended college at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where he majored in philosophy obtaining an honors designation. While in college, he was an active member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and served the community through Habitat for Humanity and through the local Big Brother/Big Sister chapter. After graduating, he returned to Louisiana where he obtained his juris doctorate at Tulane University.

Upon completion of law school, Mr. Lawler joined the law firm of Donovan & Lawler where he spent the following 25 years as a civil defense attorney protecting the interests of his corporate clients and their insureds. He has handled the defense of suits involving auto accidents, hurricanes, contracts, premises liability and catastrophic injury. Due to his deep knowledge of the insurance industry, he has often been asked to provide coverage opinions which aid his clients in determining their duty to pay and/or defend a claim. He also has expertise in defending insurance companies from “bad faith” claims in both motion practice and trial.

Mr. Lawler has successfully argued appeals in local circuit courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. He is a trial attorney in the true sense of the word having tried both bench trials and jury trials across the state.


Mr. Favret is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans, where he earned a Bachelor’s in Education with a Minor in History. Mr. Favret graduated cum laude from Loyola School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1996 and was ranked 10th in his graduating class. While in law school, he was a member of the Loyola Law Review, a teaching assistant in the school’s Legal Research and Writing program, and a research assistant on a published article focused on admiralty jurisdiction.

During his 27 years of practice, Mr. Favret earned and has maintained an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating obtained in the peer review process. Mr. Favret has extensive motion, trial, and appellate experience in state and federal courts, including the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Mr. Favret is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts as well as the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Favret has also been appointed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to be on the Steering Committees for multi-district litigation involving Hurricane Katrina class action claims and Chinese Drywall claims.