Danika Hudik Mendrygal

 

Danika Hudik Mendrygal

Attorney
danika@mendrygallaw.com

Dallas

3963 Cole Avenue                                 T +1 214-242-0930
Dallas, Texas 75204                              F +1 214-602-3022

With over 16 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 the many complexities of establishing, growing and managing a tax-exempt organization. She provides counsel, advice and representation in taxation, corporate governance and compliance issues. 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 and 2019, all by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thompson Reuters publication).


 

 
  • J.D., with honors, University of Texas at Austin, School of Law, 2003
  • B.B.A., cum laude, University of Miami, 1999
  • Mendrygal Law, PLLC (2015-Present)
  • Haynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas (2003-2015)
  • Inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers for Nonprofit Organizations (2019)
  • 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
    o Chair, Joint Council Exempt Organizations Conference (2017)
    o EO Coordinator (2014-2017), Councilmember (2011-2017)
  • Planning Committee, University of Texas Nonprofit Organizations Institute (2016-Present)
  • Dallas Council of Charitable Gift Planners (formerly the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning), North Texas Chapter
    o 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.
    o Education Subcommittee (2017-Present)
    o Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2011-2014)
    o Governance Chair and Nominating Committee Chair (2012)
  • The Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas (2013-2017)
  • Montessori Children’s House and School, Board of Directors (2015-16) and Advisory Board (2019-Present)

• “Texas State Tax and Regulatory Compliance for Nonprofits: Legal Perspective,” 2020 Nonprofit Organizations Conference (TXCPA)
• “Fiduciary Duties of Directors,” Nonprofit Seminar, October 2019
• “Restricted Gifts and Endowment Funds Webinar,” TXCPA, June 2019
• “Compliance 101”, It’s Lonely at the Top, May 2019
• “Accounting for Endowments: What You Need to Know,” BKD Webinar, February 2019
• “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 (TSCPA)
• "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

 

“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 Operating Officer, New York Philharmonic

“Danika and her team are THE go-to resource for all things related to nonprofit law and compliance. They have mastered the unique combination of technical acumen and realistic understanding of what nonprofits can manage. They are a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend them to anyone in the nonprofit field."
-Tanya McDonald, Vice-Chair, United to Learn, and Co-Founder, It’s Lonely at the Top!

“Danika’s legal advice and overall expertise with endowment trusts has been essential in constructing our policies. She made sure that the policies conformed to all applicable Texas and federal law and complied with the provisions of our legal documents while meeting our objectives of supporting the endowment’s beneficiaries and growing value. We consider Danika to be a valuable partner as we continue to improve the management of our endowment.”
-Ray Maturi, Endowment Commission Chairman, Endowment Trust of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

“Danika and her team deftly navigated us through the transition from for-profit to non-profit. Our 1023 application was detailed with extensive exhibits to address any IRS questions before asked. We received our 501(c)(3) status with no questions or challenges, which is a testament to the thoroughness and experience of Danika and her entire team."
-Peter Poulides, Executive Director, Dallas Center for Photography

“Danika is a superb counselor. She provided truly exceptional leadership in obtaining 501(c)(3) status for the faith-based charity that I chair. She simplified the difficult and complex application process and kept us updated on the status of the application throughout the review period. Danika is the epitome of professionalism and competence, and she was a pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend her more strongly.”
-Steven Bradford, Chair, Christ’s Family Clinic

“Danika did a fantastic job guiding our start-up organization through the difficult process of establishing itself as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. She is extremely knowledgeable in the area of non-profit law and was an invaluable resource to our board as we launched the organization! Did I mention it was also a pleasure to work with Danika? I always looked forward to her calls. Danika is a true professional.”
- Scott Milder, President and CEO, Friends of Texas Public Schools

“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