Alexander M. Wolf


In criminal and civil cases alike, Alex Wolf quickly masters complex facts and legal issues, crafts them into a compelling narrative, and consistently outworks opponents to get his clients the best results possible—whether that means prevailing at trial, discreetly helping a client avoid criminal charges, or favorably resolving a civil dispute without the expense of a trial.

Mr. Wolf has represented clients in government investigations and white collar criminal cases involving insider trading, fraud, and other financial crimes; environmental crimes and industrial catastrophes; public corruption; and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  His civil practice encompasses representing both plaintiffs and defendants, with recent cases involving complex commercial disputes, trade secrets, intellectual property, and employment contracts.  

Since joining Smyser Kaplan & Veselka in 2014, Mr. Wolf has been a key member of three trial teams that have won major victories in federal court: U.S. v. Roberts (jury acquittal in an insider trading case; M.D. La. 2017), U.S. v. Kaluza et al. (jury acquittal in a Clean Water Act case stemming from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill; E.D. La. 2016), and Quantlab Technologies Ltd. et al. v. Godlevsky et al. (multi-million dollar jury verdict in an intellectual property and theft of trade secrets case; S.D. Tex. 2015).  He also assisted with the briefing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for Quantlab and Grand Isle Shipyards, a case arising from the Black Elk rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2012; the Fifth Circuit returned unanimous opinions in favor of SKV’s clients in both cases in 2017. 

Mr. Wolf received his B.A. from Cornell University, magna cum laude, in 2006 and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2012, where he was an executive articles editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation.  After law school, he practiced in the Boston office of McDermott Will & Emery and clerked for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He also holds a master's degree in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and worked in alumni affairs and development at Cornell University before attending law school.  Mr. Wolf is an Eagle Scout.

Mr. Wolf is licensed to practice in Texas and Massachusetts. 

"Rising Star" by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, 2019, 2020

State Bar of Texas
State Bar of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

American Bar Association
Houston Bar Association
Houston Urban Debate League, member of Young Professionals Council (2016-Present)
Emerge Fellowship, Volunteer Mentor (2016-Present)
Cornell University, Alumni Interviewer (2011-Present)


  • "Defending a Federal White Collar Criminal Case," Southern District of Texas Federal Bar Association Luncheon (May 2018)
  • "FCPA Enforcement in the Trump Administration," Houston Bar Association Seminars (March 2018)
  • "Not Guilty:  The Roberts Insider Trading Acquittal," Houston Bar Association Seminars (October 2017)
  • "The 5 Biggest Problems in Criminal Law Today," Houston Bar Association Seminars (November 2016)



  • "The Problems with Payouts: Assessing the Proposal for a Mandatory Distribution Requirement for University Endowments," Harvard Journal on Legislation, Vol. 48, 591–622 (2011)
  • "Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution," The Honorable Helen I. Bendix and Alexander M. Wolf, Los Angeles Daily Journal (Aug. 30, 2010)


Cornell University
B.A., magna cum laude, 2006
Medieval Studies and English

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ed.M., 2009

Harvard Law School
J.D., cum laude, 2012
Executive Articles Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation

Law Clerk
to the Hon. Carolyn Dineen King
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 

Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.

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