With over 15 years of experience, including almost 12 years at a nationally recognized law firm, Danika is devoted exclusively to guiding nonprofit and tax-exempt clients through an increasingly complex environment. Danika is rooted in the local nonprofit community, both as a volunteer and a speaker.
She was recognized as one of the “Top Women Attorneys in Texas” in 2019 and as a “Super Lawyer” in 2018, both by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thompson Reuters publication).
Inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys (January 2019)
Inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers for Nonprofit Organizations (2018)
Inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Nonprofit Organizations (2014-2017)
TEGE Exempt Organizations Council, Chair, Board of Directors (2018-Present)
Gulf Coast Area TEGE (Tax Exempt/Government Entities) Council
Chair, Joint Council Exempt Organizations Conference (2017)
EO Coordinator (2014-2017), Councilmember (2011-2017)
Planning Committee, University of Texas Nonprofit Organizations Institute (2016-Present)
Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, North Texas Chapter
President (2014), Board of Directors (2010-2015)
MiGi Not-For-Profit Group, Texas Society of CPAs (2008-Present)
Dallas Bar Nonprofit Study Group (2008-Present)
Communities Foundation of Texas Advisory Council (2014-Present)
The Dallas Foundation Advisory Council (2008-Present)
Uptown Dallas, Inc.
Education Subcommittee (2017-Present)
Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2011-2014)
Governance Chair and Nominating Committee Chair (2012)
Board of Directors, Montessori Children’s House & School (2016-2017)The Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas (2013-2017)
“Restricted Gifts and Endowments: Documentation and Financial Statement Disclosure,” 2019 UT Law Nonprofit Organizations Institute
“Compliance 101: Policies & Procedures,” Nonprofit Seminar, July 2018
“Nonprofit Compliance 101: Policies & Procedures,” 2017 Nonprofit Organizations Conference (Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants)
“Legal Perspectives on Endowments,” Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants – Dallas Chapter MIGI, July 2017
“Asked and Answered: Nonprofits,” Dallas Bar Nonprofit Group, June 2017
“Nonprofits 101,” 2017 UT Law Nonprofit Organizations Institute
“Endowment Foundations, Supporting Organizations and Alternatives,” N. Texas Chapter, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, December 2016
“Update on Legislation and Regulation Affecting Charitable Planning,” 2016 National Conference on Philanthropic Planning
“Endowment Funds: Separating Myth from Reality,” 2016 Nonprofit Organizations Conference (Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants)
“Endowments: Revenue Recognition, Disclosure & Classifications,” 2014 Nonprofit Organizations Conference (Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants)
"Endowments 102," North Texas Chapter, PPP, October 2013
"Navigating the UBIT Waters," Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants – Dallas Chapter MIGI, September 2010
"A Plain English Guide to FAS 117-1 and TUPMIFA," 2010 TSCPA Nonprofit Organizations Conference
Mendrygal Law, PLLC (2015-Present)
Haynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas (2003-2015)
J.D., with honors, University of Texas at Austin, School of Law, 2003
B.B.A., cum laude, University of Miami, 1999
"Danika was great to work with, and as a result of her efforts, Baal Dan has been able to help many impoverished children in India." Tanya Pinto, Founder, Baal Dan Charities.
"Danika's expert advice has been used for both our operating entity as well as our endowment. Her dedication to provide us results, often on very short notice has been invaluable. Between her expertise and responsiveness, I couldn't ask for anything more in an attorney." Adam Cox, Former Chief Financial Officer, The Dallas Opera; Current Chief Administrative Officer, At&T Performing Arts Center.
"Danika's attention to detail and precision enabled our organization to obtain IRS tax exempt status in record time. Her leadership and guidance through the process was tremendous. Our Board of Directors is grateful to have had Danika at our side." Janet Mockovciak, Co-Founder, Dallas Afterschool Network.