Angela Pence England has emerged as one of Houston's leading young matrimonial attorneys, whose early experience, leadership and contribution to the profession is especially remarkable given that, at 47 years old, she's just entering the prime of her career. Moreover, England - positive yet direct, with a broad set of skills - brings a rare stability, reliability and balance to a demanding legal specialty. Peers say she is emotionally committed to her clients, yet maintains a high level of professionalism and efficacy as an advocate. She has practiced her entire career with Harry Tindall, one of the pioneers of modern divorce law in Texas. She co-authors, with Tindall, one of the key treatises of Texas divorce law each year, currently in its 21st printing. Just last year, Tindall added England as a name partner of their thriving four-attorney practice, which provides services in all areas of family and divorce law: traditional litigation and mediation, as well as collaborative law, an area that Tindall & England has pioneered. Indeed, the firm is one of a handful of family law boutiques in the state with such a high stature and solid reputation.
Though born in Shreveport, England grew up in Houston ("I'm the only family member not born in Texas") and attended Taylor High School in nearby Katy before heading off to UT. Her father, a longtime agent for State Farm, and her mother, a certified public accountant for oil-and-gas firms, instilled a diligence and resourcefulness in their daughters (England's sister lives in the Dallas area). England, who majored in accounting as an undergraduate, believed "I would follow my mother" into auditing. Her first aspirations to the law, however, came on a senior high school trip to the Supreme Court in Washington; her high school yearbook mentioned the court as "Angela Pence's future workplace." With strong writing skills, England was a "Law Review nerd" in law school when one day she attended a brown-bag lunch class lecture presided over by respected divorce attorney Stewart Gagnon, and "I knew family law was for me."
While still a student, England clerked for Tindall. Then, immediately out of law school in the spring of 1995, was recruited as a lawyer by the firm, with whom she has built her practice ever since. "I was fortunate to hit the ground running." Over the years, Tindall entrusted not simply the editing of "Sampson & Tindall's Texas Family Code Annotated" to England, but a range of complex casework as well, making her early-career experience as strong as any family law attorney's in the nation. Tindall "has certainly been my greatest mentor - we have always had a great rapport." Their practice has evolved with their relationship: "In certain respects there's a yin and yang, we provide good balance to each other's personalities in our approach today." With their firm focusing exclusively on family law, Tindall & England is one of the most respected and influential firms of the Texas divorce bar. England and her husband, Tom England, a CPA, enjoy golf and travel, and are ardent fans of college football—she of the Texas Longhorns and he of the Alabama Rolltide. They are members of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Houston.