N. Dean Hawkins, Principal Attorney

Mr. Hawkins, the founder and sole shareholder of NDHA, has been recognized by the Texas Lawyer  as one of the top lawyers in Texas, is an AV Preeminent rated attorney with more than 30 years experience, a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, the  author of “Texas Trusts & Clauses” published by James Publishing and a well-recognized attorney in the fields of business planning, tax planning, estate planning, trusts and probate and tax controversy and litigation. 

During the course of his career, Mr. Hawkins has handled:

  1. Business transactions of all types, including purchases and sales of businesses; formation, mergers and termination and winding up of entities; shareholder agreements; employment contracts with closely-held businesses and with publicly held companies; real estate sales; and international transactions;
  2. Estate planning, including developing estate plans; drafting wills (pour-over and wills creating testamentary trusts); trusts (living and testamentary, revocable and irrevocable, irrevocable life insurance trusts and charitable remainder trusts); ancillary estate planning documents (such as durable and medical powers of attorney, living wills and HIPAA disclosure forms); probating of wills; administration of estates; and probate litigation; and
  3. Tax controversy and litigation representation (generally subject to certain minimum limitations), including IRS appeals; sales and use tax appeals before the Texas Comptroller; negotiated installment payment agreements; settled numerous tax liabilities by submitting offers in compromise; litigated in the United States Tax Court and United States District Court, represented non-filers and handled foreign tax compliance matters.  

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Tax Controversy and Litigation
  • Foreign Tax Compliance


  • Texas, 1985
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1988


  • New York University, LL.M. (Taxation)
  • University of Oklahoma, J.D., with honors; graduated Order of the Coif
  • University of Oklahoma, College of Business Administration, B.A., with honors; Member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society


  • State Bar of Texas
    • Tax Section
    • Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Tax Section
    • Probate, Trusts & Estates Section
    • Solo & Small Firm Section


  • Spanish


  • Internal Revenue Service


  • 133 T. C. No. 4
  • PLR 199924015