Danika Mendrygal


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 2003, with honors; Editor-in-Chief, Texas Journal of Business Law; Assistant Managing Editor, Texas Journal of Business Law

B.B.A., University of Miami, 1999, cum laude; Beta Gamma Sigma; Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi

  • The Honorable J. Bonner Dorsey, Court of Appeals, 13th Dist. of Texas (2001)

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2003


Danika Mendrygal is counsel in the Private Client Group. Her areas of practice include exempt/charitable organizations law and federal estate and gift tax and trust and estate matters.

Danika's practice focuses on:

  • Assisting clients with the establishment of tax-exempt organizations, including public charities, private foundations, supporting organizations, charitable trusts, employer-sponsored scholarship and emergency/disaster relief funds, business leagues, social welfare organizations, performing arts and cultural groups, churches and religious organizations, amateur athletic organizations, and international aid organizations.
  • Providing guidance regarding the operation, management, and taxation of tax-exempt organizations, including issues regarding unrelated business taxable income (UBTI), grant-making and distributions, internal governance, conflicts of interest, investment limitations, self dealing, prohibited transactions and intermediate sanctions, international activities, and reorganization/merger.
  • Assisting high net worth clients with the formation of private and family foundations and donor advised funds, with a particular focus on long-term charitable goals and intra-family governance issues.
  • Family wealth planning, including the use of strategies to minimize estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes.
  • Drafting sophisticated tax and estate plans, including traditional bypass trust and marital deduction planning, gift tax planning, life insurance trusts, generation-skipping transfer tax planning, charitable planning, and various other techniques.
  • Administering trusts and estates of decedents.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition by Thomson Reuters for Nonprofit Organizations, 2014 and 2015

Rising Stars

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Acknowledged in Texas Rising Stars 2015

Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers maintain a strong presence in the latest Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars directory with a substantial group of 31 firm lawyers chosen for inclusion in the 2015 edition.

Published by Thomson Reuters in March 2015

Professional and Community Activities

  • Gulf Coast Area TE/GE (Tax Exempt / Government Entities) Council; 2014 Exempt Organizations Coordinator; 2011-2014 Council Member; 2013 Assistant Exempt Organizations Coordinator
  • Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, North Texas Chapter; 2014 President/Chair; 2013-2015 Board of Directors; 2013 Program Chair/President Elect
  • MiGi (Members in Government & Industry) Not-For-Profit Group, Texas Society of CPAs
  • Uptown Dallas, Inc.; 2011-2014 Board of Directors and Executive Committee; 2012-2014 Governance Chair; 2012 Nominating Committee Chair
  • Advisory Council, The Communities Foundation of Texas (2015-2018)
  • Advisory Council, The Dallas Foundation (2011-Present)
  • Dallas Estate Planning Council
  • State Bar of Texas; Tax Exempt Organization Committee; Nonprofit Committee; Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • Dallas Bar Association (Probate, Trusts, and Estates Section)
  • Texas Wall Street Women (Former)
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (Corporate Partner Committee, Former)

Selected Presentations

  • "General Counsel Roundtable," Moderator, 2014 TEGE Gulf Coast Council Meeting, June 2014.
  • "Ask the Experts: Roundtable Discussion," Moderator, 2014 TEGE Gulf Coast Council Meeting, June 2014.
    "Gifts with Hair," 2014 DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference (Association of Fundraising Professionals), June 2014.
  • "Endowment Accounting and Legalities," 2014 Nonprofit Organizations Conference (Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants), May 2014.
  • "Endowments 102," North Texas Chapter, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, October 2013.
  • "Endowments from the Attorney and Auditor Perspective," April 2012.
  • "A Plain English Guide to FAS 117-1, as codified in ASC 958-205, and TUPMIFA," Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants-Fort Worth Chapter, November 2010.
  • "Navigating the UBIT (Unrelated Business Income Tax) Waters," Dallas Chapter TSCPA MIGI, September 2010.
  • "A Plain English guide to FAS 117-1, as codified in ASC 958-205, and TUPMIFA," 2010 Nonprofit Organizations Conference (Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants), May 2010.

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