Institute for Energy Law’s 72nd Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference

Sponsored Event | April.21.2021 - April.23.2021

Virtual Conference

Orrick is a proud sponsor of the Institute for Energy Law’s 72nd Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference. The conference brings together leaders across the energy chain to discuss critical developments in oil, gas and energy law. The theme of this conference is the energy transition, and Orrick is proud to have its partners participating in energy transition play a significant role in the conference. On Thursday, April 22, Energy & Infrastructure partner Jonathan Ayre will co-moderate the Transactional Module. On Thursday, April 22, Banking & Finance partner B. J. Rosen will participate in a panel on “Distressed Debt Exchanges” during the Transactional Module, and Supreme Court and Appellate partner E. Joshua Rosenkranz will discuss Climate Change Litigation Around the World during the Litigation Module.

Learn more about the virtual conference and register here.

CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Energy & Infrastructure Sector
  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Structured Finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Restructuring

Jonathan Ayre Partner Energy, Renewable Energy


Jonathan Ayre represents clients across the energy spectrum including oil and gas, renewable power, and chemical industry companies and their investors in acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, project development, financing and restructuring transactions. 

Jonathan has significant experience representing companies driving the energy transition, including representing project developers in connection with solar module purchase agreements, transformer purchase agreements, engineering, procurement and construction agreements, and operation and maintenance agreements.  Jonathan's recent experience in oil and gas matters includes first-of-a-kind, innovative transactions representing note purchasers on securitizations of operated and non-operated oil and gas wellbore working interests.

Chambers USA has reported, "He knows the industry very well and takes a commercial approach to help resolve differences with the counterparty. He has a good bedside manner and cooperates well with others,” and ”He's very resourceful and he approaches the oil and gas and corporate sector with a true business sense."  Jonathan also was recognized in 2020 by Law 360 as an Energy Rising Star. 

Jonathan serves as Orrick's Recruiting Liaison to The University of Texas School of Law and in that role leads Orrick's Energy and Infrastructure Law 1L Fellowship Program. He is actively involved as an Advisory Board member of the Institute for Energy Law, co-chairing the Transactional Module of the 2021 Institute for Energy Law's 72nd Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference and the 2019 and 2020 Institute for Energy Law Young Energy Professional's Conferences. He also is an officer on the organization's Transactions and Compliance Committee.

Jonathan is an active supporter of the Houston Symphony, serving on the Houston Symphony Society's Board of Trustees and serving with his wife Ann Ayre as the chairs of the 2021 Houston Symphony's Wine Dinner and Collector's Auction.



  • Finance Sector
  • Supreme Court & Appellate
  • Intellectual Property
  • Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance
  • Antitrust & Competition

E. Joshua Rosenkranz Partner Supreme Court & Appellate, Intellectual Property

New York

Josh Rosenkranz is head of the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate Litigation practice.

A former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. and then-Judge Antonin Scalia on the D.C. Circuit, Josh has personally argued more than 200 appeals in state and federal appellate courts across the nation, including 20 before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Josh is the only lawyer ever named American Lawyer's “Litigator of the Year” twice. In 2012, the magazine dubbed him “the Defibrillator” based on his streak of appellate wins for companies that “appeared to be at death’s door,” and in 2017 it declared, he “still deserves the moniker we once gave him.”

Chambers USA has reported, “He wins accolades for his ‘brilliant analysis and judgment.’ Clients appreciate how he ‘rethinks every case from the ground up,’ and add: ‘He can take the most complicated legal or technological issue and present it in a way that seems like common sense.’” Another edition of Chambers USA added: “‘His briefs are quite simply beautiful,’” and “clients describe his courtroom presence as ‘both commanding and accessible at the same time.’ He has the ‘perfect combination of persuasiveness, intelligence, wit, and deference.’”

Josh's practice covers a wide range of subjects, including securities, intellectual property, antitrust, federal preemption, insurance law, corporate governance, criminal law and constitutional litigation. Among his recent clients are Credit Suisse, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Facebook, Genentech, Gilead, JPMorgan Chase, Kleiner Perkins, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Oracle, and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Clients turn to Josh to win the highest stakes appeals, including appeals in cases that threaten the very survival of a business. He represented Microsoft in an international cause célèbre in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the U.S. Government’s claim that it can serve warrants for emails stored overseas. He represented DISH Network in one of the most high-profile patent appeals in the country, successfully overturning an injunction that threatened the company's life. He represented Facebook in the high-profile battle waged by the founder's Harvard classmates, the Winklevoss twins, who laid claim to the idea for Facebook, winning a ruling from the Ninth Circuit to end the lawsuit.

In 2005, he successfully represented Merck KGaA in a Supreme Court case that the National Law Journal described as “the most significant patent infringement case to confront the biotech and pharmaceutical industries in a generation.” He represented 36 law schools in a high-profile Supreme Court case against the Department of Defense. He also won a landmark victory in a Supreme Court case that rescued the estimated $60 billion U.S. market of copyrighted goods manufactured abroad.

Josh was the founding president and CEO of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, one of the country’s foremost public interest firms. Over the course of eight years, he was the Brennan Center’s chief strategist on litigation and public policy advocacy. Under his direction, the center represented parties in connection with more than 50 cases (including three at the U.S. Supreme Court). Before creating the Brennan Center, Josh founded the Office of the Appellate Defender, a public defender office specializing in criminal appeals.

Josh has published numerous books, monographs, chapters and scholarly articles. He has also authored 18 op-eds or articles in major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Time, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Monthly, The Boston Review, The National Law Journal, and The American Prospect.