Personal & Educational Background:
Charla grew up in Lubbock, Texas, and earned her B.B.A. (magna cum laude), M.B.A., and J.D. from Texas Tech University. Although she originally hails from Lubbock, Charla has lived and practiced law in San Angelo for almost 40 years and has long considered this her home. Charla is married to Daniel A. Edwards, Jr., and they have one adult daughter and two granddaughters.
Upon graduation from Texas Tech University School of Law School in May 1983, Charla began her legal career as in-house counsel for GTE Southwest, Inc., handling general corporate matters, and representing the company in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, in litigation in both State and Federal courts, State administrative and regulatory proceedings, and contested labor arbitrations. Charla next worked as an Assistant Attorney General - Child Support Division, representing the State of Texas in child support establishment and enforcement proceedings in Tom Green County and thirteen surrounding counties.
In May 1990, Charla joined the Massey & Balentine law firm as an associate, and in September 1992, she became a shareholder of Massey, Balentine, Edwards & Psencik, P.C., where her practice consisted of general civil matters, including probate, family, consumer, employment, municipal, and commercial and banking law, as well as litigation in all of these areas. Charla left that firm in August 2001, to join her husband, Dan, as a partner in his private firm, where she continued to handle family law, probate, guardianship, consumer and employment matters.
In May 2004, Charla left private practice to accept a position as Regional Attorney with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, representing the Department in legal proceedings in Tom Green County and twelve surrounding counties. After seven years representing CPS, Charla left the public sector and returned to private practice, where her practice again consisted of general civil matters, this time with an emphasis on child protection, probate and guardianship. During this time, she also represented indigent parents in many CPS appeals to the Third Court of Appeals in Austin.
In September 2021, Charla decided to close her private practice and “come home” to Massey Balentine, P.C., where she is now focusing on probate, real estate and title matters.