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Chris Philley


Chris Philley is a licensed attorney in Texas that practices family law. Chris has worked in the Austin legal community since his undergraduate days. Chris prides himself on being accessible to clients and helping them through stressful and difficult times. Helping clients through these times is what fuels Chris’ practice. While practicing law can be stressful, Chris believes his clients make it worthwhile. Chris is a member of the Austin Young Lawyer’s Association, Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, and the Hays County Bar Association.

Chris was licensed in May of 2010, and began work practicing civil litigation, family and criminal law. Chris chose Baylor University School of Law due to the emphasis placed on litigation and practice based approach to law school.  This is something he relied heavily on in his early years of practice – including winning an appeal from a divorce case which went all the way to the Supreme Court. Chris handled multiple trials, including divorces, in his first years out of law school. Chris was even recommended for a special trial college by a judge due to his advocacy in Court. While he understands the need for temperance in some cases, he has a passion for the courtroom.  He is a strong believer in the right to a jury trial and relishes the opportunity to use the skills he learned at Baylor and has honed during his practice.

Prior to attending university, Chris graduated from Amarillo High School and was a National Merit Scholar. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honour’s Society during his time at Amarillo College, where he graduated from the Honour’s Program in one year. He then proceeded to study government and history at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Government, Chris attended Baylor University School of Law, graduating in two and a half years and passing the Bar exam two weeks after graduating. Chris was a Barrister in the Strasburger and Price Moot Court Competition, and made the Dean’s List each year at Baylor. During law school, Chris also received his license to practice from the State Bar of Texas during his third year allowing him to begin practicing law under supervision of a senior attorney.

While Chris enjoys litigating in the courtroom, Chris spends his leisure time cheering on the Texas Longhorns, playing recreational hockey, enjoying live music, and spending time with his family.


  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Government

Practice Areas:

  • Divorce actions
  • Suits Affecting Parent-Child Relationship
  • Child Support Modifications
  • Custody Issues
  • Motions to Enforce

Professional Licenses:

  • State Bar of Texas

Professional Memberships:

  • Austin Bar Association
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association

Client Testimonials

“Knows His Stuff And Cares”


“Chris Philley was a legal consultant throughout my divorce. During such a tough time in life you need someone who can help you at least somewhat simplify what can be a very complicated financial and emotional situation. Chris is easy to talk to and immediately you can tell he’s on your side and has your back, if you will. He’s tough-minded but also realistic and practical. He cares about what he does and cares about his clients; he’ll make sure that it’s a good fit and that you are very well informed of the process before he agrees to represent you. I would definitely recommend Mr. Philley as an attorney.”

– Former Client

"Attentive, Results Oriented, and Put my Mind at Ease"


It has been a pleasure working with Chris Philley. I am so pleased with the service I received and have recommended Chris Philley to others. Chris was attentive, result oriented, and put my mind at ease. Chris was always available to answer questions and truly cares about his clients. I have been employed in the customer service industry for over 25 years. Chris Philley’s practices are exactly what everyone in the industry should be doing. Thank you for your expertise, It is greatly appreciated!

-Former Client

"The outcome of the case was exactly what I had hoped for"


Chris represented me in what I considered to be an extremely challenging case. After consulting with five other attorneys, I was relieved to find someone that understood my situation and was willing to advocate on my behalf. Chris provided realistic expectations and worked to achieve the best possible outcome. He is very astute, tactful, and I was impressed with his level of professionalism.
When things got complicated and I became discouraged, Chris remained positive and pulled me through the hump. He addressed all of my concerns and through his advice helped me make decisions that were in my best interest. The outcome of the case was exactly what I had hoped for. I would recommend Chris to anyone I know because he is a well balanced, professional, and excellent attorney!

-Former Client