Craig M. Kaiser
Craig Kaiser is the co-founding partner of Phillips Kaiser, a Houston-based law firm of business attorneys, and co-founder of The Legacy Project, a project dedicated to increasing diversity in the legal field.
Craig grew up in Waco, Texas, the son of a prominent musician. With no background or exposure to the legal profession, he was attracted to the advocacy and justice aspects of the law. He began his law career over 30 years ago after graduating from Baylor University’s School of Law. After working as a commercial litigator for the large Houston-based firm Bracewell, he joined Compaq Computer Corporation as Associate General Counsel.
At Compaq, Craig was able to interact with clients on a more personal level, sitting with client groups at their meetings, problem-solving together, and understanding the value he could add as a trusted legal voice in helping clients think through and meet their objectives. He learned that good legal advice starts with listening, which results in practical and well thought out solutions.
After 13 years at Compaq, Craig was able to apply his love for counseling on legal matters in the business field to a new venture with Greg Phillips, whom he worked with at Compaq as well as Bracewell.
“Craig Kaiser is the professional lawyer you need today”
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Craig joined Greg in starting a firm that provided outsourced general counsel to small, medium, and large businesses. They led this firm together for 15 years, growing it to 26 lawyers across four cities, working with some of the biggest organizations in the state and country, including Shell, Hewlett Packard, and CITGO Petroleum. Along the way, they reimagined the legal service for small and medium-sized companies.
Most recently, Craig and Greg co-founded Phillips Kaiser, a law firm comprised of Houston business attorneys. With their combined experience, they provide general counsel services to companies who wouldn’t otherwise have access to in-house counsel. Craig’s services run the gamut of business-related legal issues. He advises on overall business strategy, contracts, employment matters, commercial negotiations, and the range of legal matters that business owners face.
Craig’s aim is for his clients to view him as a trusted voice they can depend on for all of their business and legal matters.
In addition to his outstanding legal work for the business community in Houston and beyond, Craig co-founded The Legacy Project with Greg in 2020. The Legacy Project is a developmental program within their firm dedicated to growing diverse leaders in the legal field. “There has never been a more urgent time in our country for a program like this.” Craig sees The Legacy Project to be what Phillips Kaiser will be known for, for years to come.
In his words, “A career in law has afforded me a wonderful opportunity to see the world and work with all kinds of people to meet interesting and important objectives. The Legacy Project is an opportunity to open the door wider for others, as well as to leave a positive and lasting mark on our industry and our community.”
EDUCATION & ACTIVITIES
- B.A., Baylor University, 1983.
- J.D., Baylor University, 1986.
- Oasis for Orphans, child sponsor, fundraiser, and traveled to Kenya for three mission projects.
- Yellowstone Academy, child mentor.
- Tallowood Baptist Church, member and teacher.