David E. Kronenberg


David Kronenberg is a leading energy finance attorney who represents energy companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, and private equity firms in energy transactional matters, bankruptcy and restructuring matters, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory and transactional matters involving carbon markets and renewable energy credits.

David has significant experience negotiating and drafting physical and financial energy commodities transactions using ISDA, NAESB, and EEI documentation; credit documentation serving as security for lien-based hedging transactions; and hedging agreements involving chapter 11 debtors and related hedging and trading orders. David also advises clients regarding secured energy transaction terms and structures.

He represents debtors, lenders, and creditors in a range of matters in oil and gas, retail energy, and power generation bankruptcy cases as well as drafts legal opinions or memoranda regarding the application of the Bankruptcy Code safe harbors to energy derivatives. He also advises with respect to various midstream issues, including the rejection of transportation service agreements and the enforceability of gathering agreement dedications in bankruptcy.

Additionally, David advises clients in transactions involving the acquisition or disposition of energy and other assets as well as counsels on registration and compliance requirements under carbon cap-and-trade programs and transactions involving carbon allowances, renewable energy credits, and the use of carbon offset project registries.

David previously served as a leading energy and financial restructuring attorney at Am Law 100 firms in Washington, D.C. and New York.

He frequently authors articles and provides commentary for leading legal publications and industry journals, as well as presents at industry conferences.


  • 2014–2015, Rising Star, New York Metro, listed in Super Lawyers
  • 2017–2022, Rising Star, Washington, D.C., listed in Super Lawyers



  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Professional Activities

David is actively engaged in pro bono service and has counseled nonprofit organizations on immigration and other matters. Notably, he has represented, in conjunction with The Constitution Project, various former appellate judges as amicus curiae in support of the petitioner—an inmate on death row—in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Williams v. Pennsylvania. He has also assisted President Obama’s 2014 Clemency Initiative.



  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York


  • Brooklyn Law School, JD, cum laude
  • Washington University in St Louis, BA, cum laude