Patrick B. McRorie

Clients say Patrick is instrumental in helping them achieve their business objectives. He works collaboratively and understands every client's business and needs. One oil and gas client representative said, "Patrick understands our business and the challenges we face. His face-to-face meetings are invaluable, breaking down barriers and facilitating effective communication. Our initial discussions have paid off considerably." [Patrick is] "an irreplaceable part of our team." The land supervisor of another energy client said, "Patrick is one who always offers creative solutions. We've been able to rely on him and the team to produce consistent work product."

Patrick's deep understanding of and proficiency in the energy sector make him an indispensable partner to the land departments of large, independent and public Exploration and Production (E&P) companies navigating the complex world of energy law. A member of Lathrop GPM's executive committee, Patrick leads the firm's Energy team and is Partner in Charge of the Denver office.

He excels in nurturing relationships with clients, establishing long-term, meaningful and substantive partnerships that go beyond mere formalities. Instead of simply functioning as a lawyer, Patrick sees himself as a passionate business partner who delivers honest, straightforward advice, even when the conversation may be challenging.

When working with oil and gas clients, Patrick is regularly relied upon to provide many types of legal counsel. He:

  • Advises clients of the implications of complex working interest assignments and contracts.
  • Counsels clients on efficiencies around surface location consolidation to lower surface impact and enable clients to bring oil and gas to market more efficiently.
  • Provides counsel related to potential risks in anticipation of drilling large development projects prior to necessary regulatory approvals.
  • Manages large scale acquisition due diligence.

In his pursuit of excellence, Patrick drives himself and his team to improve continuously, to communicate openly and efficiently with clients, and to be as impeccable as possible. He is dedicated to understanding clients' needs, including being licensed in nine states, and proactively sets clients up for success. Patrick works tirelessly to make clients' lives easier which is a cornerstone of his work ethic. Clients appreciate Patrick's unwavering commitment to delivering the highest quality results.

Patrick continues to shape the energy sector in Denver and beyond. Despite his many responsibilities, he never loses sight of what really matters—the relationships he builds and the value he provides to clients. His work has made him a trusted figure in the energy sector.


What inspires you about the practice of law?

The practice of energy law has always inspired and intrigued me on several levels. As a child, I was drawn to the complexities of law and the analytical challenges it posed. It fascinated me to interpret, analyze, and provide counsel around societal guidelines - showing me the power and responsibility of the legal profession. However, what truly resonates with me is the energy aspect of my law practice. This field is not just about laws and regulations; it's about powering our communities and making a tangible impact on the world. We provide the infrastructure for cities, counties, and states, and create numerous jobs across Colorado and throughout the West and Midwest. It's rewarding to know that our work positively affects so many lives and contributes significantly to the economy. Furthermore, the energy industry is filled with passionate, dedicated individuals who inspire me daily. Their commitment to this crucial sector and the difference they make is truly remarkable. I am proud to be a part of this community and contribute to its continuous growth and development.

What do you do outside of work?

When I am not engaged in the intricate world of energy law, I find solace in the outdoors, often spending my free time mountain biking and hiking with my family. These activities allow me to unplug and recharge and offer an opportunity to delve deeper into the natural beauty that Colorado offers - a reminder of the importance of our work in the energy sector. In addition, I am actively involved in the academic journey of my children. As a part of the booster club for their Catholic school, I take pride in contributing to their educational environment, reinforcing the values of learning and growth that I deeply cherish.


Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Association of Oil and Gas Title Lawyers, President, 2010
  • North Dakota Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Wyoming Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Impact Denver, Class of Spring 2017


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  • Denver

    675 15th Street
    Suite 2650
    Denver, CO 80202
F: 720.931.3201


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Court Memberships

  • Colorado
  • California
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Wyoming
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming


California Western School of Law, J.D., 2006

University of Oklahoma, B.A., 2004