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

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Chris Wolfe leads the Oilfield Services Practice Group and has more than 30 years of experience in representing energy-related businesses. His major areas of experience include mergers and acquisitions, tax and business planning. He served on the U.S. Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services and Finance Industries for two terms between 2006-2014.

Prior to law school, Chris served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy for five years.

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

Oil and Gas Investor

Chris Wolfe in Oil and Gas Investor

A positive sign for oilfield service companies may be a bit of blood in the water, analysts said. While analysts say upstream companies are poised to restore power to their A&D engines, service and supply companies will be looking for cover. The 12 months of 2015 have shown that the days of magical thinking—wishing in something to make it happen—are over...

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


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

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

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • “Oil, Gas and Energy Law Taxation of Energy Projects,” University of Houston, 2007.
  • “Oil and Gas Taxation,” Advanced Oil and Gas Short Course, University of Houston, 1999-2009.
  • “Oil and Gas Federal Income Tax,” Annual Energy Law Institute, South Texas College of Law, 2010.
  • “Changes to the Taxation of Oil and Gas,” Houston Bar Journal, 2010.

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