John's fee schedule is available at degrootepartners.com/mediation-arbitration.John De Groote is a member of our TX chapter, The Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, the state's premier roster of attorney mediators and arbitrators.To the contrary, requiring the Trustee to endure the procedural hurdles in starting (but evidently, not finishing) the litigation in the bankruptcy court, which the Targets have wholly ignored, can hardly be said to be in the interests of justice.The facts underlying this controversy are not in dispute, and neither side requested an evidentiary hearing.Liquidating Trust by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, where he has managed the wind-down of the company's operations, subsidiaries, and assets on a global basis. P., and First USA, Inc., a nationwide financial services concern.Prior to his tenure at KPMG Consulting/Bearing Point, John practiced at Mc Kool Smith, P. He received his mediation training at the Pepperdine University School of Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in 2005, and is a graduate of Duke Law School and Mississippi State University.
John was subsequently appointed to serve as the Liquidating Trustee to the Bearing Point, Inc.On balance, I don't think I can find it to be in the best interests of the estate for the estate to release away these claims now based on the amalgam of the consideration or perhaps more properly, lack of consideration provided to date and the investigation that took place before giving up these claims. at 269, in a case that to be sure, had a materially higher level of creditor aggressiveness and discord and which involved claims that might have been asserted vis-a-vis a different stage in the Chapter 11 process, I'll be able to tell the difference between legitimate claims on the one hand and harassment, retaliation or frivolous litigation on the other. I listened very carefully, especially to the modifications to the plan. To the extent that the liquidating trustee determines as a jurisdictional matter, that he wants to sue somebody and can only get jurisdiction in state court, can you consider supplementing your direction to modify the plan, such that a scenario such as that would come to you first for the determination of the propriety of the claim? I will not be the trier of fact, at least in any way that is dispositive.But once more, I can and will find it to be in the best interests of the estate to modify the plan, which in light of the way the plan was structured, I don't believe requi[r]es re-solicitation to provide that any such claims if they are to be brought, be brought before me or a district judge in this [district] for at least several reasons that I articulated before. And though the Targets then try to expand my knowledge of Bearing Point affairs into some kind of knowledge by the district judges in this district as well, do not assert (nor do I think that they could) that any of the 38 or so district judges in this district has any knowledge of the "surrounding facts," even assuming that such knowledge could be appropriately utilized.John De Groote serves as a mediator and arbitrator in complex business, technology, and intellectual property matters involving parties and interests around the country and beyond -- often before litigation is filed.Separate from his practice as a neutral, John also serves as an independent director, court appointed trustee, and court approved settlement administrator.to John's assistant, Jonna Rollins 3) You will receive a response by email or phone, usually within 1 hour, confirming the specifics of your requested appointment.