Chris Wolfe


Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1984, with honors

M.B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1984

B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1975, with honors

Bar Admissions



Chris Wolfe serves as the head of the Oilfield Services Practice Group and has more than 29 years of experience in representing energy-related businesses. Other areas of experience are mergers and acquisitions, tax and business planning.

Chris is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, Woodward/White, Inc. for Tax Law, 2013-2016 and is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.

Recent Speeches and Articles

  • "Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Plan to Reform Risk Management," co-author, Haynes and Boone Alert, August 22, 2014. 
  • "Everything You Wanted to Know About the Oil and Gas Business but Were Afraid to Ask," American Association of Petroleum Geologists/Division of Professional Affairs, April 2014. 
  • "Surface Rights and Access: A Look At Trends," Energy Law Institute, August 2013. 
  • "Proposed Changes to Oil and Gas Taxation," The Houston Lawyer, Houston Bar Association, January/February 2011. 
  • "Oil and Gas Federal Income Tax," South Texas Energy Law Institute, September 2010.

Selected Client Representations

  • Oilfield Service Company Joint Venture Technology Company Capitalization
  • Private equity funding of an oil and gas company
  • Sale of an oilfield component manufacturer
  • Structuring equity raise for exploration and production company (lower 48)
  • Structuring enhanced oil recovery company (lower 48)
  • Representing technology company entering Canadian heavy oil market
  • Sale of a specialty oilfield bearing manufacturer


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Maintains Strong Presence in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

The Best Lawyers in America 2016, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 114 Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers across more than 60 practice areas.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2015

Navigating Current Oil and Gas Markets

This series of energy industry alerts provides both oil and gas producers and bankers with timely information about distressed commodity prices and legal options to consider regarding credit agreements, restructuring debt, and potential defaults.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators 
  • International Association of Drilling Contractors 
  • Department of Energy - National Energy Laboratories EIR Merit Review Committee 
  • Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative - Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services and Finance Industries 
  • State Bar of Texas 
  • Board of Directors, Girl Scouts - San Jacinto Council

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