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® by Woodward/White, Inc. for Tax Law, 2013-2015 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.

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

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.

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

Best Lawyers in America 2015

Best Lawyers in America®, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has once again recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers. This year, 56 of the firm's practices were listed in the guide.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2014

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