Leslie V. Batchelor directs the firm's litigation practice and manages a wide variety of redevelopment and financing matters.
Her litigation practice focuses primarily on representing public entities in claims arising from public financing, economic development, and redevelopment activities. She regularly represents public trusts, defends taxpayer and qui tam actions, and litigates claims involving land use and eminent domain. Her transactional practice encompasses public-private development projects of all types and sizes. Working closely with public entities, private developers, not-for-profit corporations, and other interested parties, Leslie is recognized for her expertise in public-private partnerships, tax increment financing techniques, and other redevelopment and financing strategies. Representative projects include the restoration and reopening of the historic Skirvin Hotel, creation of the Dell Business Center on a former brownfield along the Oklahoma River, and implementation of Oklahoma City's Core to Shore Urban Renewal Plan.
Prior to founding the Center for Economic Development Law with her father, Dan Batchelor, Leslie served in the U.S. Department of Justice as Deputy Associate Attorney General (March-October 2000), Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno (April 1999-March 2000), and Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division (1997-April 1999).
Before joining the Justice Department, Leslie was an associate at McAfee & Taft, where she concentrated on civil litigation. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Holloway, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Leslie received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Brown University and her Master's and law degrees from the University of Virginia, where she was an instructor in philosophy and a teaching assistant in legal research and writing.
An active community volunteer, Leslie has served in leadership roles in a number of professional and community organizations, including Chair of the Urban Land Institute - Oklahoma, president of Historical Preservation, Inc., president of the Oklahoma County Bar Foundation, and president of the Oklahoma City Housing Services Redevelopment Corporation. She also serves on the Board of i2E and the Board of Visitors for the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma. She is married to Scott E. Williams, a federal prosecutor, and is the mother of twin girls.