In this episode of Women in Energy, Blanca Andrus sits down with Jessica Schmidt and Leslie Boyle, partners at Holland & Hart. To talk about all things leadership, their backgrounds, and their perspectives on energy and oil and gas.  

Jess and Leslie, thanks for stopping by! 

About Leslie Boyle & Jessica Schmidt of Holland & Hart


Leslie provides strategic advice to developers of large infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on oil and gas upstream and midstream facilities, renewable power generation projects, and energy storage projects.

Leslie negotiates the contracts required for every stage of a project’s life cycle, from development and construction through revenue generation and day-to-day operation. Her experience covers a wide range of complex development and commercial contracts, including engineering, procurement, and construction agreements, power purchase agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, oil and gas gathering and transportation agreements, and master services agreements. She also advises clients in the negotiation of joint ventures for the development and operation of infrastructure projects.

Her clients range from national upstream and midstream oil and gas companies, independent power producers, mining companies, and utilities, to equipment manufacturers and professional service providers.
Leslie teaches biannual seminars through EUCI on renewable energy power purchase agreements and electric utility contracts and regularly teaches internal seminars on the drafting and negotiation of contracts.



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, MSHA, 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.

Jessica is a part of the oil and gas litigation team and frequently works with Anthony ShaheenChristopher ChrismanJoe Teig, and Trey Overdyke.

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