About the Firm

Why I started Volf Law

Some people say, in relation to life, that you should not look in the rearview mirror. I disagree. I believe that it is important to understand and remember where you come from. I believe that the lessons learned from, and the reminders of, your past (i.e., both good and bad) are part of where you are going. Ignoring those lessons and reminders may lead you down the wrong path.

I come from a family of blue-collar workers.  My grandfathers served in the military. One was from Angels Camp, California, and the other, originally from Oklahoma, retired, along with his family that worked the oilfields, in Kilgore, Texas. They preached and expected hard work; nothing less, and often more. I still have fond memories of spending time with, and working for, them. Although working for them was not always easy, they set the foundation for my values of hard work, loyalty and integrity. Those values were later reinforced, and instilled in me, by my father, to whom I am forever grateful. Of course, behind every strong man is a strong woman, and, thus, I owe a debt of gratitude to my grandmothers, my mother and my wife.

I grew up outside of Houston, Texas. When I was growing up, I held jobs in the construction and restaurant industries, and I owned a business painting parking lots to help pay my way through college at Texas A&M University. Upon graduation from college and at the urging of a college professor, I decided to attend law school. While in law school at South Texas College of Law, I worked at a couple of different law firms, and I interned at the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas and for a federal magistrate in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.

I am the first lawyer in my family. Most of my colleagues in the lawyer world know me as “Chris Volf, like the game of Golf with a V.”  Most of my friends know me simply as “Volf.” More importantly, though, my colleagues and friends know me for my hard work, loyalty and integrity. I am a firm believer, based on where I came from, that hard work, loyalty and integrity are major keys to success. One without the other won’t get you far in the lawsuit world (or life).

For more than twenty years, I was a trial lawyer, and later a partner, at one of the most well-respected trial firms in the State of Texas. Armed with that trial experience and with the support of my family, including my beautiful wife (Jill) and my two amazing sons (Cannon and Case), I decided it was time to start my own firm (i.e., Volf, PLLC). With hard work, loyalty and integrity as the foundation, I will continue to seek justice for individuals and companies that have been harmed and/or accused of causing harm. Further and having focused a large portion of my legal career on the oil and gas industry, I will consult with oil and gas companies, both big and small, and assist them in developing sound and effective strategies and plans, including contract review, policies and procedures, emergency response plans and litigation support. Finally, I will serve as a mediator. Considering my vast litigation experience, including recent, “real world” experience handling lawsuits, I truly believe that I am uniquely positioned to be an effective mediator.

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Chris M. Volf earned a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University–College Station in 1997. He earned his J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2001. He is admitted to practice in Texas State Courts, U.S. District Court Western District of Texas (Austin Division), U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas.
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