The Dallas Business Journal has named Private Credit partner Erin England to its "40 Under 40" list, which honors leaders who are making a difference in North Texas. Being named to the list is a recognition that designates Erin as a top decision-maker and influencer in her field. She was selected from among nearly 500 nominations.

Erin, along with other honorees, was featured in a special print and digital publication of the Dallas Business Journal highlighting her contributions to Katten and the private credit market in Dallas. She also answered questions about what opportunities at Katten she is most excited for and what she believes will be an impetus for change in the legal industry in the future.

"I'm excited about the opportunity for Katten to stand out in a crowded field. It's no secret that Texas, and Dallas, especially, are hot markets for business," Erin said.

After joining Katten in 2020, Erin's excellent reputation in the private credit market and her strength in advising on capital commitments financing has contributed greatly to the growth of Katten's Dallas office. "One of the things that distinguishes Katten is that we don't focus on growth just for growth's sake," Erin said. "When we expand, it's strategically and intentionally, and in a way that anticipates and serves our client's needs."

Erin shares Katten's deep commitment to diversity and inclusion and is a member of several organizations committed to hiring, retaining and promoting diverse attorneys.

When asked about the most important issues her industry is facing, Erin says that, "We need more aggressive efforts to move the needle on the diversity of leadership in law firms and companies. The lack of women (and especially moms) in positions of power is critical for retaining women in private practice," Erin said. "There's a saying that, 'I can't be what I can't see.' I don't subscribe to that completely because I don't think it's an impossible task… but it sure makes it a lot harder."

Erin is also helping to make parents' lives in the Dallas area a little easier with a special project she launched called PlaySource. Borne out of Erin's frustration with the lack of good resources for parents, and inspired by her now five-year-old daughter, PlaySource provides parents with information about family-friendly things to do in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

"I couldn't find what I needed, so I made it," Erin said.

Erin and other "40 Under 40" honorees were recognized during a virtual awards ceremony hosted by the Dallas Business Journal on July 20. ("40 Under 40: She's passionate about her firm's private credit practice and her resource for parents," July 29, 2021)