While it is not common practice some chapter 11 cases have trustees appointed. A recent decision from the 4th Circuit goes into the appointment of a trustee. (In re TP, Inc.) In that case the creditors convinced the court that the company had been mismanaged and the Debtor-In-Possession failed to properly file monthly reports or otherwise cooperate with the U.S. Trustee or creditors. Let this be a warning that if you choose to file for chapter 11 protection you should be ready to do what is required to stay in the chapter 11.