Who We Are2021-04-05T00:46:12+00:00



At England Law we understand that any Family Law matter is emotional and stressful. We are committed to providing caring, personalized and compassionate services for you and your family.

Legal representation is most effective when there is complete transparency between client and attorney. Attorneys must know your intimate personal and financial details in order to properly deal with your dissolution, it is important to have an attorney you can trust. Our office holds client confidence in high regard and is committed to representing client interests to the very end.


When you retain England Law for your family matter you will have an attorney and paralegal whose goal is to provide you the necessary legal support you need during difficult moments.


England law is dedicated to assisting our clients who are dealing with changing family law matters in their lives and to do so with compassion, professionalism, and integrity. We have handled hundreds of family law cases and have become well known for our hard work and personal approach





Margaret England is a native Californian who has resided in Santa Rosa since January 1990 with her husband and their two sons. Margaret grew up in Southern California graduating from California State University Fullerton. Margaret attended law school when her sons were babies graduating in 1993 from Empire School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1994.

Margaret began her solo practice as a Family Law attorney. She then worked for a large Santa Rosa Law Firm, establishing 5 years’ experience with a large Law Firm, before returning to solo practice in 2001 to become more available for her husband and now adult sons. Margaret is devoted to her community and actively volunteers in several local organizations.

It is two beautiful grandchildren that have changed the focus of the England Law practice.



Chris is a Santa Rosa native. He attended the California Maritime Academy earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation. As a licensed merchant marine officer, he traveled globally returning to Santa Rosa.

Chris was a decorated police officer and deputy sheriff, his accomplishments include the Outstanding Service Award from the Santa Rosa Police Department and Distinguished Service Award from his work in the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Chris served as a violent crimes detective, crisis negotiator, patrol officer and was a lead investigator on homicides, officer involved shootings, complex domestic disputes and more.

Chris’ decision to leave law enforcement for a career as a family law attorney was driven by his personal experience involving the custody of his child. While attending law school at night, Chris voluntarily transferred to Civil Court as a bailiff, where he observed thousands of civil and family law actions at the Sonoma County Superior Courts.

Chris holds a Master of Legal Studies and a Juris Doctorate of Law and is a member of the California State Bar Association. Chris is an articulate negotiator with experience in litigation, clear and concise communication style who is dedicated to maintaining his reputation of integrity, a dogged advocacy for his client, service, and uncompromising ethics.



Kathy has resided in Sonoma County since 1975. She is married, has three children and is family oriented.

Kathy completed the Legal Secretarial Program at Santa Rosa Junior College and in 1982 began her legal career with Ryersen & Comstock and with their later predecessors, Wigdahl & Passarino, until 1996. Margaret and Kathy started working together at Lanahan & Reilley in 1997.

Kathy has continued her legal education through the Sonoma County Bar Association continuing education programs, Redwood Empire Association of Paralegals and has participated in the Sonoma County Legal Secretaries’ Association (Past President), the Bay Area Legal Secretaries’ Forum, the Santa Rosa Junior College Advisory Committee (Past President), is an active participant in a Sonoma County Office Administrators’ Group and is a Notary Public.

Kathy’s dedication to the family structure and her ability to relate compassionately with clients, help clients to realize that although the family dynamics may be changing, the focus and importance of the family structure should remain the same.

“After eight 8 months of suffering, I have my freedoms back! Folks, unless you have gone through an ugly legal battle like this, you may not appreciate a formidable advocate such as Margaret England (Lead Attorney) and Ryan Wilber (Associate attorney). They, along with their staff (Kathy & Erik), performed brilliantly to find me peace, justice and freedom!”


Margaret is a Certified Family Law Specialist who is licensed to practice law before all courts of the State of California and has been an attorney since 1994 practicing primarily Family Law.

Margaret believes in community having been or continues to be a member of numerous organizations including the Board of the Sonoma County Bar Association, Sonoma County Bar Association Family Law Committee, Sonoma County Bar Association Rules Committee and Mental Liaison Health Subcommittee. She serves as court appointed minors counsel. She has served as Sonoma County Court Settlement Conference panelist; served as a Volunteer Attorney for Legal Services Foundation and Sonoma County Legal Services; and has been a Presenter for the California Family Law Report (CFLR) program.

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