In 1904, at the age of 31, Henry W. Volk graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School. After seven years practicing law in Mankato, he relocated to Minneapolis where he practiced for the next 39 years. He died on March 31, 1958, at age 85. In memorial services for the Hennepin County Bar Association, Russell Smith recalled him:
"Those of us who were privileged to know him always found Mr. Volk to be a man of the highest integrity and honesty. He was the kind of a lawyer who, when he made a commitment, steadfastly carried it out, unless relieved from his obligation. Personally, he was affable and friendly; courteous to all with whom he came in contact, and respectful to his fellow members of the Bar and to the members of the Bench. He exemplified the best in the legal profession."