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Our Team

Because who you work with makes a difference.

The DeGroote Partners Team brings over 75 years of combined business expertise and legal experience to the problems your business is facing. It matters who serves as trustee, who you choose as your representative, and who makes the decision you need made.

Based in Dallas but with a national reach, DeGroote Partners has hands-on corporate experience in significant, high-pressure matters. They have been there when a “bet the company” case wouldn’t settle; they have lived through a reorganization and successful liquidation from the inside; and they know what unexpected recoveries can mean to everyone involved.

It’s difficult to find practical legal experience, proven project management expertise, and genuine accounting capabilities in one place, but DeGroote Partners combines all three. Take a minute to meet a few of the people who can make a difference in your case:

John DeGroote

John Degroote

John DeGroote is a former global company general counsel now focused on special business situations, significant matters, and efficient dispute resolution as a trustee, mediator and arbitrator. He believes that hands-on leadership, early assessment, and aggressive project management drive results. In 2009, John was appointed to serve as Trustee to the BearingPoint, Inc. Liquidating Trust by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. In this capacity, John has successfully presided over the post-bankruptcy wind-down of the company, acting to liquidate remaining assets and preserve and distribute those financial assets to creditors.

John has served as the neutral intermediary, outside board member or trustee in numerous disputes around the country, and as a mediator and arbitrator in significant litigation. John earned his law degree from Duke Law School and his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University. His abbreviated resume can be downloaded here.

Read John DeGroote’s full bio here.

Susan Hartman

Susan Hartman

Susan Hartman is a finance executive with forensic accountant training who is called on when a deeper dive into a company’s or individual’s financials is required to identify issues, unlock hidden value or resolve disputes. Susan has been head of M&A for two public companies, CFO of a venture-backed start-up, and a consultant in the Financial Advisory Services practice of AlixPartners. At AlixPartners, she specialized in forensic accounting investigations and litigation support engagements. Susan is an expert in valuing companies, resolving complex accounting issues, and quantifying damages. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner, with an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Tulane University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Gaynell Methvin

Gaynell Methvin

Gaynell Methvin and John DeGroote co-mediate select patent and technology disputes, and Gaynell also serves as mediator, arbitrator, neutral advisor, technical advisor and special master for U.S. District Courts in intellectual property and technology litigation. Gaynell spent over 30 years as a trial attorney handling primarily intellectual property — with a focus on patents — and technology-related disputes. He was an associate and a partner at Fish & Neave (1967 to 1973); a partner at Johnson & Gibbs (1974 to 1994) where he was head of a 50-person litigation section while working on intellectual property and other technology-related disputes; and, finally, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher until 1997. His abbreviated resume can be found here.

Carol Pratt

John Degroote

Carol Pratt is a senior executive and consultant with hands-on experience overseeing and managing multiple facets of business operations. Carol has supported DeGroote Partners since its inception, providing program management structure to achieve efficient and effective wind-down of all aspects of business operations for our clients.

Tracey McAllister

Tracey McAllister

Tracey McAllister is a Senior Paralegal and Consultant with 20 years of legal support experience in the areas of corporate matters, litigation support, and compliance. She understands key business issues and provides fast, efficient solutions to the tasks at hand. Tracey has worked with John for much of the past 20 years and has supported DeGroote Partners since its inception.

Jonna (Brown) Rollins

Jonna (Brown) Rollins

Jonna (Brown) Rollins serves as an executive assistant to John DeGroote. Jonna and John began working together in 1993 and have worked together for much of the time since then. Jonna is responsible for scheduling, office administration and special projects when requested by clients.