Eric Van Loon

Eric E. Van Loon, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Julia Pyle
T: 617-228-9168
F: 617-228-0222
One Beacon Street, Suite 2210, Boston, MA 02108


Eric Van Loon brings years of experience to every resolution. A full-time dispute resolution professional since 1989, he has more than 20,000 hours of experience in 42 states and eight countries as a mediator, arbitrator, speaker, and trainer specializing in complex, multi-party, high-stakes disputes and is listed in "Best Lawyers in America" for Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Van Loon has experience managing and deciding complex arbitrations as a sole arbitrator, panel member, panel chair, and party-appointed arbitrator in a wide variety of matters, including commercial, construction, class action, environmental, franchise, health care, software, and multi-million dollar intellectual property and public policy matters.

Representative Matters

  • Class Action. Arbitrated more than 300 claims under federal court settlement of African-American farmers' nationwide discrimination suit against U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
  • Commercial. Party-appointed panelist in corporate joint-venture dispute re distribution of synfuel tax benefits. Sole arbitrator in eight-figure contract dispute between two multinational corporations. Sole arbitrator in tri-state company $10+ million claim against a nationwide firm for contract breach, fraud, Robinson-Patman, and state statutory violations.
  • Construction. Chaired panel re responsibility for multiple NFL Ford Field construction and design claims. Contractor-property owner dispute concerning road/foundation work, water supply, contract terms, work value, satisfaction, and discharge. Public construction project contractor-subcontractor dispute re amount/quality. High-end residential contractor dispute.
  • Employment. Sole arbitrator in international parent company dismissal of U.S.-subsidiary CEO.
  • Environment. Party-appointed panelist in high-eight-figure dispute among large corporate PRPs at upper-midwest NPL superfund site. Sole arbitrator re responsibility for LA petroleum refinery remediation. Conducted proceeding in USDOJ-sole PRP med/arb re complex national security statutory defense. First allocator in USEPA Superfund Allocation Streamlining Pilot Program, including among federal (DOD), municipal, and private defendants. Six-month process included data gathering (including witness interviews) and directing neutral technical analyst.
  • Health Care/Insurance. Panel chair for two hospitals' $20+ million contract/statutory claim against a major insurer regarding claim-handling procedures and determinations.
  • Intellectual Property. Chaired U.S. Copyright Office arbitration panel to set first artist/record company royalty rates for Internet-streamed music. 30+ parties (webcasters, broadcasters, performers, record companies) presented 60+ witnesses; 41 hearing days; 135-page decision.
  • Landlord-Tenant. Dispute between landlord and commercial tenant regarding collateral damages allegedly resulting from lease termination.
  • Software System. Party-appointed panelist in an eight-figure energy company claim against the developer/provider of an integrated ERP software system.
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Recognized internationally by Who's Who Legal: Mediation, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2022
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Association of Mediators
  • Named "Entertainment Industry Power Mediator" by Hollywood Reporter Esquire
  • Elected Town Moderator, Concord, MA
  • Member: ABA Sections on Dispute Resolution, International Law; Association for Conflict Resolution; FDIC, USEPA Superfund Pilot Program, and Library of Congress Copyright Arbitration Royalty panels
  • Board Member: MA Bar Foundation, Schweitzer Fellowship, Jericho Road Project
  • Lecturer on ADR at national/international forums: ABA, American Corporate Counsel Association, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, International Bar Association, World Economic Forum Mid-East North African Qatar Summit, Nigerian International Insurance Summit keynote, and in Canada, Hong Kong, Japan; published in ABA Dispute Resolution magazine
  • Massachusetts Undersecretary, Economic Affairs; Assistant Secretary, Environmental Affairs
  • Seven-year federal litigation legal practice
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1971
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics, 1968
  • A.B., Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1967

Counsel Comments

    • "The tenacity, energy and diplomacy you brought to the negotiation allowed you to be successful where many earlier efforts had failed."
      - COO of Major Company





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