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John E. Mitchell

Partner 
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3600
Dallas, TX 75201
 
Tel:
214.720.4344
Fax:
214.981.9339
 
1300 Post Oak Boulevard
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77056

With a practice devoted to all facets of commercial restructuring and reorganization, John Mitchell has significant experience with complex bankruptcies, out-of-court workouts and sales, voluntary liquidations, asset sales, and general insolvency related litigation. He represents lenders, creditors, debtors, trustees, and committees across the United States in receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, and asset sales.

John advises clients in the energy, oil and gas, power, food service, retail, commercial and consumer finance, shipping, and vehicles and heavy equipment sectors. Ranked in multiple leading industry publications, Chambers USA notes that John is "excellent, good with clients and has a good knowledge of bankruptcy law."
 
Representative Experience
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Buffets LLC: Represented the corporation and its affiliated debtors that collectively owned and operated approximately 330 restaurants across the United States in their Chapter 11 case.
 
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CDX Gas: Represented a coal bed methane producer as lead lead counsel in Chapter 11 restructuring of over $800 million in debts and successful sale of assets in distressed M & A process.
 
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TRICO Marine Services, Inc.: Represented an offshore service and supply company and its subsidiaries as lead counsel in the restructuring of $1 billion in debts through both Chapter 11 and out-of-court exchange process.
 
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Mt. Gox: Represented world's largest Bitcoin exchange in Chapter 15 foreign representation proceeding.
 
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Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital: Represented Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital in wind down restructuring process.
 
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GE Healthcare Finance: Represented GE Healthcare Finance in bankruptcy of regional sleep disorder chain.
 
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GE Healthcare Finance: Represented GE Healthcare Finance in bankruptcy and litigation related to chiropractic and dental advertising agency.
 
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DHB Enterprises/ In Re: SS Body Armor Inc.: Represented Official Equity Committee in Chapter 11 of leading body armor manufacturer and pursuit of restitution claims in excess of $100 million.
 
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Davis Oil Bankruptcy Case: Represented Bank of America as senior secured lender for claims in excess of $30 million in the Chapter 11 case of an offshore oil and gas exploration, development, acquisitions, and production company.
 
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Represent Midstream oil and gas company in multiple Chapter 11's and potential Chapter 11's throughout the United States.
 
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Cathay United Bank and Bank Sinopac: Represented multiple foreign lenders in commercial shipping Chapter 11 restructuring and retiring over $200 million in debts.
 
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Furr’s Cafeterias: Represented a leading cafeteria/casual restaurant chain in the Southwest in Chapter 11 and sale of 25 retail locations and food processing/distribution centers with debts in excess of $40 million.
 
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Represented national consumer finance company in the multi-million dollar litigation through the use of Chapter 11 claims process for multi-location car dealerships.
 
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Houlihan’s Restaurants: Represented Fleet National bank as agent bank in $70 million syndicated loan facility restructured through the Chapter 11 of a major Midwest restaurant company.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Chambers USA 2015-2017, Ranked in Texas for Bankruptcy/Restructuring
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2014, Listed in Texas for Bankruptcy
 
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International Turnaround of the Year Award, Turnaround Management Association, 2012
 
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Robert B. Wilson Distinguished Service Award, State Bar of Texas - Bankruptcy Law Section, 2007
 
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Texas Monthly, Listed in 2005 and 2007 as a "Texas Rising Star"
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA) 2017 Annual Conference, Speaker, "Structured Dismissals," June 2017
 
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American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting, Panelist, “Why Are My Favorite Restaurants Closing? Review and Forecast of Restaurant Case Issues,” April 2017
 
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Texas A&M University School of Law, 8th Energy Symposium, Panelist, "Bankruptcy Issues in the Energy Sector," March 23, 2017
 
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Dallas Bar Association, Energy Law Section, Presenter, "Two Years In…A Look Back, Distress Today, and a View Toward the Future," July 20, 2016
 
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Texas Aggie Bar Association, Annual Conference, Presenter, March 6, 2016
 
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Texas Aggie Bar Association Annual Conference, Presenter, "The Bankruptcy Courts and Code: Procedural, Ethical and Other Considerations for the Non-Bankruptcy Lawyer," March 2, 2013
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
 
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Turnaround Management Association, Member
 
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State Bar of Texas, Bankruptcy Section, Member
 
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Dallas Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, Member
 
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Texas Aggie Bar Association, President
 
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Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Association, Member
 
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Master: Honorable John C. Ford American Inn of Court, Member
 
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Dallas A&M Club, Member
 
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Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation, Director
 
Related Professional Experience
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United States Army, Lieutenant, 1988-1992, PATRIOT Launcher Platoon Leader and Tactical Control Officer, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Provide Comfort (Kurdish Refugee Relief Effort); Parachutist Badge; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal
 

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John E. Mitchell

Practice
Bankruptcy & Reorganization
Education
J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 1996; magna cum laude
B.B.A., Texas A & M University, 1988; Distinguished Military Graduate; Texas A&M Corp of Cadets
Bar Admissions
Texas
 
 
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