Vonda Covington, Family Law Attorney
“God bless you and your family for all the time and hassles! … You are a wonderfully strong, compassionate person.” Dawn
Vonda is a parent. Vonda’s son, Zander, is now a young adult. When Zander was nine years old, Vonda and Zander’s father, Ron, were divorced. During the process that led up to a final divorce, Vonda and Ron made developing a co-parent relationship beyond that of husband and wife a priority. While Zander was growing up, they worked together successfully as co-parents, and were able to provide stability for Zander even through the changes occurred after their divorce. Zander has reported that both his mom and his dad are much happier now that they no longer live together, and he was much happier after the divorce as well. Zander has moved into college housing. Vonda’s family now consists of her husband, Terry, and their dogs, Roxie and Hagrid.
Vonda grew up just outside Washington, DC. Her parents separated when Vonda was nine years old, and divorced three years later on the grounds of separation. Divorces were not granted in Maryland at the time without grounds. Vonda remembers the tension in her home before her parents divorced and her relief when they separated.
Vonda started rock climbing at the age of 15 (1973). The summer before her senior year of high school, Vonda’s family moved to San Diego, California. Vonda put herself through college, first attending Palomar Jr. College, then San Diego State University, then University of California, San Diego, where she received a BA in Psychology. She married a sailor when she was 19.
After college, Vonda’s first husband finished his second term of service in the Navy and Vonda went to graduate school at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She obtained an MA in Experimental Cognitive Psychology in 1984.
Vonda entered law school at University of Houston in 1988, attending classes at night and working full time during the day. Despite working full-time, Vonda received the Honor’s Grade in legal writing and research. She and her first husband were divorced during her first semester of law school. It was after this divorce that Vonda took the last name of Covington, in honor of her grandma, one of the most influential people in Vonda’s life.
While in law school, Vonda met and married her second husband, Ron, who is Zander’s father. Ron and Vonda moved to Oregon, where Vonda completed her law school education as a visiting student at Northwestern College of Law, located on the breathtakingly beautiful campus of Lewis & Clark College, graduating from University of Houston with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence in 1992. Vonda was licensed to practice law in Oregon in 1992. She and Ron moved back to Houston in 1993, and Vonda was licensed in Texas in 1993.
Vonda had clerked for a civil litigation firm while she was in law school. She was hired as an associate for that firm. In July 1995, Vonda hung out her own shingle, focusing her practice on family law and civil litigation. In 2000, Vonda heard of a new and enticing form of family law – collaborative law. She immediately sought training and began practicing collaborative law, and began limiting her practice to family law. She also received mediation training. Vonda was fortunate to be a founding member of the Alliance of Collaborative Law Attorneys, the practice group that set up several of the first trainings for attorneys in Texas in collaborative divorce law.
Vonda started taking Kuk Sool Won, Korean martial arts, in 2003. She also took martial arts instructor training, obtained her black belt, and taught martial arts.
Vonda and Ron were divorced in 2006.
In 2008, at the age of fifty, Vonda met her climbing partner, soul mate, and last husband at Enchanted Rock, rock climbing. They were married, and they are living together happily with their two dogs. Since Vonda was half a century old when she met Terry, she has a sign in her office that says, “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.”
Vonda moved her practice to Fort Bend County in 2009. Since she believes so strongly in helping families through the divorce process with as little acrimony as possible and since she sees collaborative law as a powerful vehicle for doing this successfully, Vonda started a collaborative law practice group in Fort Bend County, which is called Fort Bend Collaborative Professionals.
Vonda joined forces with Jamie Zand the start of 2016, forming Covington & Zand, PLLC. Vonda and Jamie both officed at the Gonzalez Center for Justice in Richmond and decided that they would enjoy working together. Vonda saw Jamie as a dynamic, quick-thinking, energetic attorney who has integrity and truly cares about her clients. Vonda appreciates having a partner to share the ordeals of both running a business and living with the craziness that a family law practice often involves.
Vonda and Jamie now have their office in a Victorian house in old Richmond, where they share office space with Jamie’s husband, Dean Zand.
Following are the organizations in which Vonda Covington has been involved:
Texas State Bar, 1993 to present
Oregon State Bar, 1992 to 1994
College of the State Bar of Texas, 2001 to 2005
Texas State Bar Family Law Section, 1994 to present
Texas State Bar Collaborative Law Section, 2011 to present
Houston Bar Association, 1994 to present
HBA Collaborative Law Section, 2006 to present, past member of Board of Directors
HBA Family Law Section, 1994 to present
Fort Bend County Bar Association, 2006 to present
Association of Women Attorneys, 2001 to 2012
Alliance of Collaborative Family Law Attorneys, Founding Member, Member of Board of Directors, 2000 to when the group disbanded
Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, 2004 to present
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2001 and 2013
Fort Bend Collaborative Professionals, 2011 to present, Founding Member and President
Texas Mountain RAIDers, member 1994 to present, Local Trip Coordinator 1996 to 2011
Meyerland Martial Arts, instructor 2006 to 2010
Bush High School Theater Booster Club, Ways & Means Director 2012-2013, Vice-President 2013-2014
(5 Stars) Vonda Covington P.C. I’ve had more experience than I’d like to have had with regards to civil litigation. Vonda was not my first divorce attorney. I would definitely recommend her services for family law. Posted by Tammy B. on AVVO.com