Practice Area: Personal Injury Defense

Eve L. Pferdehirt

Eve Pferdehirt is an associate in our Houston office with a unique and worldly legal background.

After graduating with a B.A. in International Relations, Eve received a Master I droit comparé (French JD equivalent), from the Université Paris Nanterre La Défense in Paris France. While in France, she worked as a corporate legal intern, translating and drafting documents for international matters.

Upon her return to the United States, Eve gained invaluable litigation experience handling a complex docket of antitrust, bankruptcy, and environmental claims. She has worked with clients of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Eve has learned each client is unique, but equally important. This mindset makes her an asset to the Hartline Barger team, but even more so, to our clients.

Jason D. Lester

Jason Lester joined the firm in 2019. His practice focuses on personal injury defense with a passion for environmental law. Prior to law school, Jason worked three years in the psychology field and then launched and operated a small outdoor business for another three years. Having the opportunity to become a sixth generation attorney and with an interest in the legal field, Jason began another journey and was accepted to Baylor Law in 2016.

Donald A. DeCandia

As one of only 3 New Mexico attorneys designated as a Southwest Super Lawyer® in the area of Products Liability Defense, Don DeCandia draws on more than 30 years of experience in zealously representing clients at both trial and appellate levels. Don is proud to have joined the Hartline team in 2019 and assisted the firm in opening its Albuquerque and Santa Fe offices, having spent his entire career practicing in New Mexico Courts. Don focuses primarily on the areas of products liability, tort and personal injury, and ERISA litigation. He has litigated complex commercial cases and class actions and has a depth of experience in appellate work. Don believes that listening and attention to detail are key components of a successful practice. He maintains close communications with client contacts to ensure that informed judgment guides key decisions. Don has achieved the highest rating possible from Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Southwest Super Lawyers®.

Don has handled scores of products liability cases in the vehicle context, including the defense of several tire manufacturers in tire failure litigation. He has also represented building product and power tool manufacturers, and his practice includes insurance bad faith cases and premises liability matters. Many of his cases involve claims for wrongful death and serious personal injury.

Don’s extensive experience in ERISA litigation includes representation of life, health and disability insurers, HMOs, self-funded plans, plan sponsors, plan administrators, pension plans and third-party administrators.