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John R. Rowlett represents businesses in a variety of complex corporate and commercial transactional matters.  His clientele includes hedge funds, private equity firms, banks, operating companies, holding companies, and other dynamic businesses which transact business in the United States and internationally.  John (who goes by “J.R.” to his friends) has particular expertise in distressed asset transactions, as well as secured lending, private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, and commercial contracts.

In addition to his significant law practice experience, John brings valuable experience from the corporate sector, and holds an M.B.A. from one of the country’s top universities.

Practice Areas

  • Distressed Debt Trading
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Commercial and Real Estate Lending
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Transactions
  • Debt and Equity Investments
  • Business Entity Formation and Planning
  • Law of Business Entities

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1993


  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law
  • M.B.A, Southern Methodist University
  • B.B.A., The University of Texas

Published Works

  • Representing Secured Lenders in Private Practice Management Bankruptcy Cases, Bankruptcy Strategist, 2000
  • The Chilling Effect of FIRREA: Has Congress Gone Too Far?, American Journal of Criminal Law, 1993
  • Reforming the U.S. Banking System: Lessons from Abroad, North Carolina Journal of International Law & Commercial Regulation, 1993

Professional Memberships/Leadership

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Board Member, Park Cities YMCA
  • Alumni Board Member, St. Marks School of Texas

Pro Bono Work

  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program

Prior Work Experience

  • Bellinger & DeWolf, LLP
  • Patton Boggs, LLP
  • MBank Dallas, N.A. (now JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.)
  • The Sanwa Bank, Ltd. (now The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.)