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Jessica Schmidt


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

Jessica strategically defends the interests of clients in the energy and resource industries in litigation.

Jessica has worked on a wide-array of complex and challenging natural resources cases, including lease and right of way issues, pipeline disputes, probate disputes involving oil and gas issues, Indian law issues, wrongful death, 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, DOT, and PHMSA. She has assisted clients with internal investigations and defended civil and criminal litigation. Jessica is a critical member of the Holland & Hart natural resources litigation group.

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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Environmental and Natural Resources Litigation

  • Contract disputes of all types
  • Oil and Gas Royalty
  • Pipeline disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • General Commercial Litigation
  • Appeals

Client Results

Representative Matters
  • Published Cases include:

    • People v. Williamson, 249 P.3d 801 (Colo. 2011).
    • People v. Smith, 254 P.3d 1158 (Colo. 2011).
    • People v. Jorlantin, 193 P.3d 258 (Colo. 2008).


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • 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
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • LGBT Bar Association
  • The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law

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