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David Stanush

Senior Counsel
fax +1 210.258.2747

David Stanush helps clients deal with the two inevitable things in life, death and taxes, through assisting them with estate planning, estate administration, and tax preparation matters, particularly those with federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer concerns.

David’s practice focuses on the interpretation and administration of the laws governing estate planning, estate administration, and federal transfer taxes.

David is Board Certified in Estate Planning & Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Texas, and is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.


J.D., with Honors, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1987
B.B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, 1981, with highest honors


AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Named among the Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts and Estates, Best Lawyers (2003-2024)

Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters (2003-2018)

Best Estate Planning and Trust Attorneys, San Antonio Scene Magazine (2004-2008, 2010-2012, 2015)

Top 50 Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters (2009)


American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow

Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Estate Planning and Probate Law Advisory Commission (2009-2011)

Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Board of Directors (2005-2010)

San Antonio CPA Society, Board of Directors (2000-2005), Vice President (2002-2005)

San Antonio Bar Association, Pro Bono Estate Planning Clinics, Former Co-Chair (1993-1995)

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, Supporter

Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout

State Bar Licenses

  • Provides advice to individuals on estate planning for death or incapacity. Such advice included tax planning for all federal taxes as well as inheritance and income taxes of different states and foreign countries, non-tax planning for minor children, and many other aspects of estate planning.
  • Provides advice to individuals and fiduciaries in controversies with the Internal Revenue Service on audits of federal estate and gift tax returns.
  • Provides advice to individual and corporate fiduciaries during the administration of decedent’s estates, guardianship estates, and trusts, included the preparation of federal estate tax returns, probate inventories and accountings, as well as advice on funding of bequests.
  • Provides advice to beneficiaries of estates and trusts to determine and enforce their rights as beneficiaries.
  • Handles litigation matters involving estates, guardianships, and trusts from the standpoints of both the fiduciary and the beneficiary. Such matters included, but are not limited to, participation in numerous trials in the Courts of the State of Texas as well as appeals of trial court decisions to the Appellate Courts of the State of Texas.
  • Provides advice to fiduciaries and beneficiaries of trusts and estates as well as in divorce and marital planning situations on the proper characterization under Texas law of property as either separate or community property of a married couple.
  • Panelist, Estate Planning Power Panel, Strasburger’s Tax Symposium (November 2017)
  • Estate Planning in an Era of Increasing Estate and Gift Tax Exemptions, Strasburger’s Tax Symposium (August 2014)
  • Income Tax Planning for Trusts, Strasburger’s Tax Symposium (August 2014)