Danielle Rushing Behrends

Senior Attorney

When clients face bankruptcy and restructuring and receivership matters, Danielle is sensitive to their difficult financial situations and immerses herself as their advocate. She is driven by the opportunity to provide clients with successful solutions to address their complex legal and financial needs.

Clients rely on Danielle for her resourceful, creative, and effective in and out of court restructuring advice. She looks for practical solutions and works to build a strategic plan that aligns with her client’s needs. Her experience includes several multi-million dollar businesses, particularly in the oil and gas/energy, retail, national fitness chain, healthcare, and transportation industries, Chapter 11 Trustees, and a federal court-appointed receiver. In particular, she has drafted and argued numerous motions and examined adverse and friendly witnesses in state and federal courts. 

Drawing on multiple judicial internships and a clerkship and commercial litigation experience with a civil litigation firm, Danielle provides clients with a 360-degree perspective on navigating the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Early on, Danielle had the honor and privilege of learning from the Honorable Craig A. Gargotta, (now Chief) United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Texas, the Honorable Catherine M. Stone, Chief Justice (Ret.) of the Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas, and the Department of Justice’s U.S. Trustee Program.

We should all be so fortunate to have Danielle to come to our rescue.
– Opposing Counsel
    • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 2016, Senior Associate Editor for the St. Mary’s Law Journal
    • Louisiana State University, B.S., 2013
  • Bar Admissions

    • Texas, 2016
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
    • Named to Best Lawyers' "Ones to Watch" list for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2023

    • Recipient of the St. Mary’s University School of Law Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) 10 Under 10 Award, 2022

    • Recognized by S.A. Scene, as an "Outstanding Women in Law" for Bankruptcy, 2022

    • Recognized by San Antonio Magazine in "San Antonio's Top Attorneys" for Bankruptcy & Workout, 2019-2022

    • Recipient of the American Bar Association 20/20 Partners Rising Young Leader Award, 2021
    • Recognized by S.A. Scene in "San Antonio’s Best Lawyers" for Bankruptcy
    • Recognized by S.A. Scene, as a "San Antonio Rising Star" for Bankruptcy

    • Selected as a member of the Bexar County Women's Bar Foundation's LEAD Academy's 2019 class
    • Featured in San Antonio Woman Magazine for volunteer pro bono service, 2022

    • Featured in Texas Bar Journal as Access to Justice Pro Bono Champion, Apr. 2020

    • Dykema Women’s Business Initiative, Texas Leader

    • Class of 2020-21 LeadershipSBOT
    • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • San Antonio Bar Foundation, Fellow Class of 2020

    • State Bar of Texas, Member of the State Bar's Minimum Continuing Legal Education Committee, Bankruptcy Section's Young Lawyers Committee, Communications Liaison (2021), Non-Lawyer Outreach Liaison (2020), Women in Law Section, Member, Bankruptcy Section, Member

    • San Antonio Bar Association

    • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association and Foundation, Director and Board Member (2018-2022)

    • Bexar County Women’s Bar Association and Foundation, Director (2018), Secretary (2019), Vice President (2020), President-Elect (2021), President; BCWBF LEAD Academy Steering Committee (2022)

    • American Bankruptcy Institute; Strength in Diversity Editorial Board

    • Larry E. Kelly American Bankruptcy Inn of Court (2015-present)

    • William S. Sessions American Inn of Court (2018-2021)

    • American Bar Association - ABA Young Lawyers Division Bankruptcy Law Committee Chair (2021-2022)

    • Texas Young Lawyers Association
    • Texas Bar College
    • Phi Kappa Phi
    • St. Mary’s University Law Alumni Association
    • San Antonio Legal Services Association (formerly San Antonio Bar Association’s Community Justice Program), Board Member, Volunteer Pro Bono Attorney

    • Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Volunteer Pro Bono Attorney

    • National Association of Federal Equity Receivers (NAFER), Member

    • San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Auction Committee—Barrow Subcommittee (present)

    • San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Fajita Corral Committee (2017-2022)

    • Junior League of San Antonio’s Paving New Paths, benefiting Clarity Child Guidance Center, Chair and Board Member (2022-2023), Assistant Chair (2021-2022)

Latest News and Insights

Speaking Engagements10.11.23

Deborah Williamson and Danielle Rushing Behrends To Speak at National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Annual Conference

Deborah Williamson and Danielle Rushing Behrend will each serve as featured presenters at the…

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Press Releases5.23.23

Danielle Rushing Behrends Selected to Join National Association of Federal Equity Receivers

Dykema is proud to announce that Danielle Rushing Behrends was selected for full membership in the…

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Speaking Engagements4.18.23

The Importance of Research in Professional Life

Danielle Rushing Behrends served as a featured alumni presenter at the St. Mary's University…

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