John DeGroote

John DeGroote

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Dallas, TX

DeGroote Partners, LLC
 | 501 S 2nd Ave, Dallas, TX 75226
Phone: 214-887-3484
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006, 2018 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Attorney Profile

    John DeGroote is a former global company general counsel now serving as an arbitrator and mediator in complex commercial, technology, and business matters involving parties and interests around the country and beyond.  He believes early case assessment, proactive matter management, and the right questions -- at the right time -- drive results. 

    Prior to becoming a mediator John spent over 10 years at KPMG Consulting, ultimately known as BearingPoint, Inc., a $3 billion technology consulting firm with over 15,000 employees worldwide, where he served as Chief Litigation Counsel and, later, as the company's Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

    Since leaving BearingPoint John has been appointed to serve as the neutral intermediary, outside board member, escrow agent, or trustee for companies and situations requiring a trusted outside advisor around the country.  Through these engagements John served as the Trustee to the BearingPoint, Inc. Liquidating Trust and has managed nationally recognized coal supplier Contura Energy, Inc., the Hawker Beechcraft Salaried Plan Settlement Fund, and CONMEBOL USA, Inc., which is the U.S. arm of the South American Football Confederation.

    John is a past Chair of the State Bar of Texas' ADR Section, a past Chair of the Dallas Bar Association's ADR Section, and a past Chair of the Duke Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors.

    John earned his law degree from Duke Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University.

    About John DeGroote

    Admitted: 1990, Texas

    Professional Webpage:


    • Member, American College of Civil Trial Mediators
    • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
    • Global Leader: Mediation, Who's Who Legal
    • Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine
    • Inaugural Member, ADR Champions List, The National Law Journal
    • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Commercial Panel Member, American Arbitration Association

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Past Chair, State Bar of Texas ADR Section
    • Past Chair, Dallas Bar Association ADR Section
    • Past Chair, National Litigation Committee, Association of Corporate Counsel
    • Past Chair, General Counsel Forum, Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter
    • Past Chair, Duke Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors
    • Past Chair, Duke Law School Future Forum
    • Past Trustee, St. John’s Episcopal School Board of Trustees
    • Past Director, Dwell with Dignity Foundation
    • Member, Association of Attorney-Mediators

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Missed Opportunities and More: 3 Mediators' Perspectives on Advocacy at Mediation," Dallas Bar Association (March 2019)(Panelist).
    • "The Mediator's Proposal - An Advanced User's Guide," TexasBarCLE (January 2019) and ABA Committee on Women in Dispute Resolution (October 2018).
    • "What I Wish My Mediators Knew," ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Webinar (March 2017)(Moderator).
    • "Mediation 4.0: Using Technology and Neuroscience to Improve Outcomes", TexasBarCLE Webcast (April 2016)(Co-Presenter).
    • "Making the Best of a Bad Situation: Successful Strategies for a Bankruptcy Mediation", Dallas Bar Association ADR Section (January 2016)(Moderator).
    • Early Case Assessments, in Inside Counsel: Practices, Strategies, and Insights, 307-318 (Marc I. Sternberg and Stephen B. Yeager, 2015).
    • Negotiation, Mediation and Settlement, in Texas Litigator’s Guide to Departing Employee Cases, 129-46 (Mark A. Shank, 2014).
    • High-Low Agreements and More: Definitive Tools to Break Impasse in Mediation, in Definitive Creative Impasse-Breaking Techniques in Mediation, 177-94 (New York State Bar Association, 2011).

    Educational Background:

    • J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1990
    • B.A., Mississippi State University, 1986
    • John received his mediation training from Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in 2005 and arbitration training from the AAA in 2012, and he has served as a mediator and arbitrator in significant disputes since 2013.
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    Office Location for John DeGroote

    501 S 2nd Ave
    Dallas, TX 75226

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