Biography

Public Law – Counseling and representation of governmental entities in matters involving finance, state and local taxation, elections, and open government. Representation of clients before the Texas Legislature and Texas State Agencies on public policy matters and in administrative proceedings.

Elections – Counseling of public and private clients on election procedures and campaign finance requirements. Representation of state and local governmental entities in redistricting and voting rights matters. Representation of public officials and candidates in election contests and recounts.

Public Finance – Counseling and representation of governmental issuers in public finance transactions with an emphasis on election and campaign finance aspects of these projects.

School Law – Counseling and representation of colleges and school districts in matters involving finance, taxation, annexation, elections, contracting and open government. Principal area of practice is complex governmental litigation, with emphasis on matters involving open records, elections, regulatory actions, purchasing, and school law. He assists clients that are governmental entities as well as businesses and individuals doing business with governmental entities.

Representative Experience

School District Ad Valorem Tax Representation. As general and special counsel David regularly assists public school district clients in establishing Maintenance & Operation as well as Interest and Sinking Fund tax rates. He also counsels and assists clients in the establishment of exemptions applicable to Districts.

Public School Finance Litigation. As the head of the firm’s School Law Group, David was a member of the legal team representing the school district clients in the Edgewood litigation which ultimately resulted in the existing school finance system. He has advised clients concerning implementation of Chapter 41 options and on related issues including ad valorem tax issues related to such status.

Bond Counsel Experience. David is listed in the Red Book as Bond Counsel, and has represented a number of Texas Public School Districts as bond counsel. In obtaining voter approval and bond issuance authority, he regularly advises Districts on property tax and exemption matters.

Related Ad Valorem Tax representation for other Political Subdivisions. The firm represents many types of political subdivisions in Texas including schools, colleges, cities and counties. In representing these entities, David has advised and represented clients on branch campus maintenance tax rates, tax abatement agreements, tax increment financing, annexations, as well as advised clients concerning recovery and other remedies on contractual arrangements with taxpayers.

Assistant Attorney General – Taxation Division. As a senior litigator with the Taxation Division of the Texas Attorney General, David handled a broad range of state tax cases including matters related to ad valorem taxation as imposed at that time by the State of Texas.

Former Assistant Attorney General, Taxation Division, Office of the Attorney General of Texas

Former President, Mexican American Bar Association of Texas

President, Texas Association of Community College Attorneys

D. Méndez, “Financing Drainage Projects,” Presented at the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s Water Quality Management and Planning Conference, April 2014.

D. Méndez, “Legislative Update – A look back and a look forward,” Presented at the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s Water Quality Management and Planning Conference, April 2014.

D. Méndez, “Special Problems Under the Open Meetings Act: Applicability of the Open Meetings Act to the Texas Legislature,” Presented to the University of Texas School of Law Administrative Law Program, 2004.

D. Méndez, “Ethics Seminar for Texas Local Government Officials,” Texas Leadership Institute and Sul Ross State University, 2004.

D. Méndez, “Bond Elections in Small Communities,” Texas Association of School Boards, Annual Conferences, 2001, 2002.