John E. Mitchell is a partner with Vinson & Elkins in Dallas. His practice covers all facets
of restructuring and reorganization,
including the representation of lenders,
creditors, debtors, and trustees. He
is experienced in prebankruptcy
workouts, voluntary liquidations,
receiverships, assignments for the
benefit of creditors, and asset sales.
efforts, the team was recognized
with TMA’s 2012 Turnaround of
the Year Award – International.
Mitchell was part of a team that
undertook the successful turnaround
of Trico Marine Group (TMG), one
of Europe’s most widely recognized
brands in the subsea-services industry
and which later became DeepOcean
Group Holding AS (DOGH). For its
A TMA member since 2005, Mitchell
holds a law degree from the Texas
Tech School of Law and a bachelor’s
degree from Texas A&M University,
where his participation in the school’s
Corps of Cadets led to a commission
as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
MITCHELL When I went to law
school, all I ever wanted to do was be a
trial lawyer. Everything I focused on was
doing trial work. I really had no interest
in restructuring work. In all honesty, I
really wasn’t fond of my bankruptcy
class. I clerked and interned for a law
firm in Dallas and didn’t spend any time
with the bankruptcy group or the
insolvency group and, instead, spent it
all with the commercial litigation group.
Q How did you gravitate into turnaround/restructuring work?