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Jessica Schmidt

Partner

555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Jessica strategically defends the interests of clients in commercial and energy related litigation.

Jessica represents oil and gas companies, renewable energy and infrastructure developers, and companies in general commercial litigation. She has worked on a wide array of complex and challenging cases including commercial contract interpretation and enforcement issues, joint operating issues of first impression, lease and right of way issues, supply chain and force majeure disputes, pipeline disputes, probate disputes involving oil and gas issues, Indian law issues, wrongful death/personal injury, and royalty disputes. Jessica is also a member of Holland & Hart’s workplace safety and emergency response team, specializing in defending regulatory enforcement matters initiated by OSHA and resultant litigation. She has assisted clients with internal investigations and defended civil and criminal litigation.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Jessica was a trial lawyer with Ridley McGreevy & Winocur, worked for several years as a Deputy State Public Defender in Arapahoe County, and clerked for former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender. She has tried over 25 jury trials and argued before the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court.

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Experience

Energy and Natural Resources Litigation

  • Joint Operating Disputes
  • Oil and Gas Royalties
  • Pipeline Disputes
  • Supply Chain and Force Majeure Disputes
  • Appeals

General Commercial Litigation

  • Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Appeals

Client Results

Representative Opinions
    • Riggs v. Jonah Energy LLC, 19CA1464 (Colo. App., Jan. 14, 2021)
    • Paradigm Energy Partners, LLC v. Fox, Numbers 16-3655 and 16-4384 (August 10, 2017)

Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, Board Member, 2022
  • Bayaud Enterprises
    • Governance Committee Member, 2021-present
    • Board Member, 2019-present
  • Colorado General Counsel Mentoring Program, Class of 2020
  • Institute for Energy Law Young Energy Professionals’ Rockies General Counsel Forum, Co-Chair, 2019
  • Institute for Energy Law Leadership Class, Participant, 2018-2019
  • Board of Continuing Legal Education of Colorado:
    • Executive Committee, 2017-2018
    • Member, 2015-2018
  • Minoru Yasui American Inn of Court:
    • Program Co-Chair, 2015-2017
    • Member, 2010-present
  • Denver Bar Association, Representative to the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, 2013-2017
  • Colorado Bar Association, Fellow
    • Incoming Bar President Nominating Committee, Member, 2015
  • Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training:
    • Program’s Committee Member, 2012
    • Training Class Participant, 2011
  • The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • LGBT Bar Association
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