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.
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., the U.S. arm of the South American Football Confederation. Prior to his tenure at KPMG Consulting/BearingPoint, John practiced at McKool Smith, P.C., Jackson & Walker, L.L.P., and First USA, Inc., a nationwide financial services concern.
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.
Outside his professional life, John serves as the Scoutmaster to Boy Scout Troop 70 and has served on a number of nonprofit boards. As a youth he earned the Eagle Scout award and served as a Majority Floor Page in the United States Senate.
John lives in Dallas with his wife and three boys.
John received his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law in 1990 and his B.A. from Mississippi State University in 1986. He 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.