Markley Schlegel

Markley Schlegel

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​

Phone +1 202 637 6159

Fax +1 303 899 7333


Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Operating at the intersection of a changing energy landscape, Markley Schlegel helps clients bring their groundbreaking projects to fruition and keep operations running smoothly. 

Drawing on her experience working in the western United States and overseas, Markley is comfortable helping a diverse cross-section of energy producers, developers, investors, and lenders with their domestic and cross-border transactions. From innovative wind, solar, and energy storage projects to traditional oil, gas, and mining operations, she has worked on both sides of the table to facilitate financing and negotiate essential project documents for infrastructure development and operations. 

Clients also turn to Markley for her insights on the transfer, purchase, and sale of assets, helping navigate regulatory compliance and permitting matters related to environmental and licensing issues. Whether private investors, development financial institutions, or venture capitalists, Markley leverages her unique background to address the concerns of each. 

Outside of her personal practice, Markley has dedicated herself to advancing the legal and local community. In addition to active membership in regional and nationwide bar associations, energy industry associations, and firm committees, she developed and taught a course on oil and gas law to petroleum engineers and industry members at the University of North Dakota. Markley also proudly volunteers on a variety of pro bono matters, including representing federal prisoners seeking clemency and serving as a guardian ad litem in disputed child custody cases before Washington, D.C. courts.

*On secondment to a client.

Education and admissions


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2014

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, 2009


American Bar Association

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

Colorado Bar Association

Colorado Oil and Gas Association

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Women's Energy Network

Women's Council on Energy and Environment

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


North Dakota

Representative experience

Successfully drafted and negotiated surface use, terminal services, and oil and gas processing and sales agreements for clients in the United States.

Advised government of Mongolia on mineral deposit use and community development agreements; first time Ministry of Mining adopted standard use of such agreements.

Advised U.S. wind developer on surface use and regulatory issues in Colorado.

Drafted and negotiated various oil, gas, and mining purchase and sale transactions in North and South America.

Drafted and negotiated sales of off-shore mineral leases in Alaska.

Advised U.S. exploration and production companies on lease and royalty issues in Colorado and North Dakota.

Conducted comprehensive policy review and analysis of U.S. federal and state natural gas pipeline regulations.

Represented a variety of clients on international mining transactions and related due diligence, including a large-scale mine in North America.

Assisted Central Resources in the acquisition, development, and financing of oil and gas operations in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil.

Provided substantial engagement on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan relating to mining, oil and gas development, and renewable power projects.

Represented Harbert Power, UBS, and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company as co-investors in connection with the acquisition and financing of 13 operating natural gas power plants.

Represented major energy companies and utilities in connection with the structuring and negotiation of PPAs for wind, solar, and LNG projects throughout the United States and Caribbean.

Represented Gulf Pacific Power as a majority equity investor for portfolios of solar and wind energy projects located in the United States.

Represented IDB Invest in a US$285m loan to Corporacion Favorita, Ecuador's leading retail, real estate, and electricity generation company, to finance corporate expansion.

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