Harry Tindall

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Harry Tindall
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Houston-based lawyer Harry Tindall
Born (1942-05-05) May 5, 1942 (age 71)
Corpus Christi, Texas
Nationality American
Education J.D. 1966, University of Texas School of Law
Occupation Lawyer and law book author

Harry Lee Tindall (born May 5, 1942 in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American lawyer, law reform advocate, and law book author.[1] Harry Tindall is a founding shareholder of Tindall & England, P.C. in Houston, Texas.[2] The firm is ranked as a top tier firm by both Martindale Hubbell[3] and U.S. News & World Report.[4]

Education and Certifications[edit]

Tindall attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Government in 1964. Tindall subsequently attended the University of Texas School of Law and received his Juris Doctor in 1966. During his time as a law student in Austin, Tindall worked as a Legislative Assistant for a member of the Texas House of Representatives.[5] He was a member of the national championship team in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 1966.[6]

Tindall is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and received his certification in 1975.[7] Tindall is also a Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1978.[8] In 1992, Tindall became a Certified Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.[9] In 1996, he attended the Harvard Law School Negotiation Workshop that ultimately led to his interest in collaborative law.[10]

Legal career[edit]

Tindall began his law practice with the Houston law firm, Fulbright and Jaworski in 1967. In 1973, Tindall established the firm of Tindall & Foster, P.C. with his college classmate, Charles C. Foster. The firm was reorganized in 2010 and Tindall created a new firm with Angela Pence England, Tindall & England, P.C. which specializes in complex property divorce cases, premarital agreements, interstate and international cases, parenting plans, collaborative family law, mediation, arbitration, litigation expert witness consultation, and legislative consultation.[11]

Reform of Child Support and Community Property Laws[edit]

Beginning in the early 1980s, Tindall began lobbying to update Texas family law, especially in the areas of community property and child support. He served as Chair of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Child Support and Visitation Guidelines from 1985 to 1995. He led efforts to successfully pass a constitutional amendment to the Texas Constitution in 1987 to allow married persons to own community property with a right of survivorship. Tindall successfully secured passage of legislation to promote alternative dispute procedures including mediation, arbitration and collaboration.

Appointment to U.S. Commission on Interstate Child Support[edit]

In 1989, Tindall received an appointment to the U.S. Commission on Interstate Child Support, based on the recommendation of his Congressman, the Honorable William Archer (R–Texas). He was elected Vice-Chair of the Commission and served as Chair of the Legal Issues Committee. The Commission’s report was submitted to Congress in 1992.[12] Most of its recommendations were embodied in the Welfare Reform Act of 1996.[13]

Work as Uniform Law Commissioner[edit]

In 1995, Tindall was appointed, by Texas Governor George W. Bush, as a Texas Commissioner to the Uniform Law Commission. In that capacity, he has served on the drafting committees for the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the Uniform Parentage Act (as Chair) and the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (as Vice-Chair). He currently serves as Chair of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Family Law and as Chair of the Study Committee for the Model Veterans Court Act.[14]

Collaborative Law Reform[edit]

As a result of Tindall’s lobbying efforts, Texas adopted the first collaborative law statute in the United States in 2001.[15] This enactment marked an advance in law for families in transition and provided legally recognized means for private dispute resolution without court intervention. He has also led successful efforts to create the Houston Bar Association, Collaborative Law Section and the State Bar of Texas Collaborative Law Section. In 2009, the Uniform Law Commission approved the Uniform Collaborative Law Act and in 2011 Texas adopted the act.[16] Over the course of his career, Tindall has written extensively on the subject of collaborative law.[17]

Law Book Author[edit]

In 1991, Tindall and University of Texas School of Law Professor John J. Sampson authored the first edition of Sampson and Tindall’s Texas Family Code Annotated (Thomson Reuters), now in its 21st Annual Edition.[18] Featuring author commentary to the Texas Family Code sections along with key case citations and references to leading continuing legal education articles, the book format was pioneering as a resource and continues to offer such information. Tindall received the Distinguished Author Award from Thomson Reuters in 1998. Tindall’s law partner, Angela Pence England, became a co-author in 1998.

Leadership to the Bar[edit]

Tindall is recognized as a leader in the Texas Bar and other professional organizations.[19] He is Co-Presenter at the Biennial Sampson and Tindall Family Law Legislative Update sponsored by the University of Texas School of Law, Department of Continuing Legal Education. [20] Tindall served as a Director of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals from 2009 to 2012.[21] He finished his terms as a Trustee for the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas in February 2012. In addition, Tindall held the position of Chair of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (1985-1987) and of the Family Law Section of the Houston Bar Association (1985-1986). Among his other leadership roles, Tindall chaired the Editorial Committee of the Texas Family Law Practice Manual (1981-1989) and served as the Course Director for the Advanced Family Law Course (1986) conducted by the State Bar of Texas. Tindall also was a member of the Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee on the Rules of Court (1984-1993).[22]

Honors[edit]

Tindall has been the recipient of many accolades and awards. Most recently, Tindall was honored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association with the 2012 Lawyer as Problem Solver Award. The American Bar Association honored him with this award in recognition of Tindall as “a role model for lawyers who wish to transition from litigators to peacemakers.”.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harry Tindall Bio, Tindall & England website. ["http://www.tindallengland.com/Family-Law/3-1_harry-tindall.cfm"], Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  2. ^ Tindall & England profile page, Martindale Hubbell website, Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  3. ^ Tindall & England Peer Reviews page, Martindale Hubbell website. ["http://www.martindale.com/Tindall-England-PC/law-firm-1114142-peer-review-ratings.htm"], Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  4. ^ Tindall & England page, Best Law Firms feature, U.S. News and World Report website. ["http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/firms/tindall-england/overview/51181/"], Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  5. ^ Harry L. Tindall, Jennie R. Smith, “The Uniform Collaborative Law Act as a Teaching Tool,” 38 No. 2 Hofstra Law Review. 685, 692-98. (2009).
  6. ^ Eleanor H. Finch, "Annual Meeting of the International Society of American Law," The American Journal of International Law, Vol. 60, No. 3 (Jul., 1966), pp. 546-551.
  7. ^ Harry Tindall bio page, Texas Board of Legal Specialization website. ["http://www.tbls.org/Profile/Attorney.aspx?mid=20053000"], Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  8. ^ Harry Tindall profile page, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers website. ["http://www.aaml.org/fellows/6720"], Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  9. ^ Harry Tindall bio page, Tindall & England website. ["http://www.tindallengland.com/Family-Law/3-1_harry-tindall.cfm"], Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  10. ^ Program on Negotiation information page, Harvard Law School website. ["http://www.pon.harvard.edu/category/courses-and-training/harvard-negotiation-institute-5-day/"], Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  11. ^ Home page, Tindall & England website. ["http://www.tindallengland.com/"], Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  12. ^ U.S. Commission on Interstate Child Support, “Supporting Our Children: A Blueprint for Reform, The U.S. Commission on Interstate Child Support’s Report to Congress,” U.S. Government Printing Office (1992)
  13. ^ Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, Summary of Welfare Reforms Made by Public Law 104-93. ["http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/wm015.pdf"], Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  14. ^ Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Family Law page, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws website. ["http://www.uniformlaws.org/Committee.aspx?title=Joint%20Editorial%20Board%20for%20Uniform%20Family%20Law"], Retrieved 2013-6-25.
  15. ^ Harry L. Tindall & Jennie R. Smith, “Collaborative Law: An Innovation Here to Stay,” Vol. 38, NO.11, Family Law Reporter, Bloomberg BNA, January 17, 2012; Harry L. Tindall & Jennie R. Smith, “The Uniform Collaborative Law Act as a Teaching Tool,” Vol. 38, No. 2, Hofstra L. Rev. 685 (2009)
  16. ^ "Uniform Collaborative Law Act (2009)"; Sampson, John H.; Tindall, Harry L.; England, Angela Pence; Stevens, Stephanie, Sampson and Tindall’s Texas Family Code Annotated, TITLE 1-A, August 2011 Edition, West.
  17. ^ Harry L. Tindall & Jennie R. Smith, “Collaborative Law: An Innovation Here to Stay,” Vol. 38, No. 11, Family Law Reporter, Bloomberg BNA, January 17, 2012; Harry L. Tindall & Jennie R. Smith, “The Uniform Collaborative Law Act as a Teaching Tool,” Vol. 38, No. 2, Hofstra L. Rev. 685 (2009); Harry L. Tindall & Angela Pence England, “Reflections on Ten Years of Collaborative Practice: One Law Firm’s Journey and Actual Case Experience, in Understanding Collaborative Family Law,” Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2011.
  18. ^ Sampson, John H.; Tindall, Harry L.; England, Angela Pence; Stevens, Stephanie, “Sampson and Tindall’s Texas Family Code Annotated,” August 2011 Edition, West.
  19. ^ Harry Tindall bio page, Super Lawyers web site. ["http://www.superlawyers.com/texas/lawyer/Harry-L-Tindall/859230e0-ff47-4261-8947-d2ad55151af2.html"], Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  20. ^ Continuing Legal Education page, University of Texas at Austin Law School web site. ["http://utcle.org/conferences/FL13"], Retrieved 2013-6-25.
  21. ^ Board of Directors page, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals website, ["http://www.collaborativepractice.com/_t.asp?M=3&MS=2&T=Board'], Retrieved 2012-3-13.
  22. ^ Harry Tindall bio page, Tindall & England website, ["http://www.tindallengland.com/Family-Law/3-1_harry-tindall.cfm"], Retrieved 2012-3-13
  23. ^ "ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Announces the 2012 Lawyer as Problem Solver Award Recipients" (press release), American Bar Association website, ["http://www.americanbar.org/groups/dispute_resolution/awards_competitions/lawyer_as_problem_solver_award.html"], Retrieved 2012-3-13