Eric E. Van Loon, Esq.

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Insurance
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 successfully mediated and arbitrated a wide variety of insurance-related claims including homeowner claims, professional liability, D&O, environmental remediation, a statewide class action, and multiple layers of insurance and reinsurance, including by London underwriters.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitration. Chaired three-member panel which resolved multiple coverage claims stemming from construction of the $400 million Detroit Lions Ford Stadium. Involved professional liability coverage for 20 design professionals, settlement without consent, unilateral policy amendment.
  • Director and Officer. Multiple matters involving D&O coverage for CEOs, executives, and board members in a wide variety of business litigation.
  • Environmental Coverage Under Disputed Policies. Multi-million dollar claim by company insured against trade association carrier regarding environmental damage under 25-year-old policies. Issues included policy existence and terms, claims handling, pollution exclusion, owned property, expected/intended versus sudden/accidental, other carrier partial payment.
  • Fen-Phen. Multi-day co-mediation of 60+ party coverage coordination by diverse defendants.
  • Health Care. Chaired three-arbitrator panel for two hospitals' $20+ million contract/statutory claim against a major insurer regarding claim-handling procedures and determinations.
  • London Underwriters' Architect/Engineer Coverage on a $1.7 Billion Project. Resolved dozen+ claims totaling more than 1.5 times the face value of four-tier "wasting" policy. Claims arose from a major construction project with design professionals from multiple countries. Issues included broker representations, owner representations about project technology, claims handling, underlying claims merits, and shifting syndicate contributions through tiers.
  • Multi-State Insurance Agency Dissolution. Emotional federal court dispute between multi-state insurance agency founders/software program creators/partners regarding insurance software ownership, clients, revenues, compensation packages, competence, and controls.
  • Professional Liability Multiple Fields. Medical (failure to diagnose/treat accurately), legal (failure to protect client interest), accounting (failure to indicate accurate GAAS financials), and design professionals (architects/engineers in diverse types of construction disputes)
  • Toxic Tort with Multiple Defendants. Eleven-party dispute among residential complex owners/ residents/architect/engineer/contractor/plumber/water tank seller/ producer/lining manufacturer re contaminated water supply. Issues re regulatory compliance, do-not-drink directives, policy existence, multiple carriers in different years, defunct business coverage, comparative negligence.
  • Workmans Comp. Assisted state insurance agency in court-ordered rehabilitation to resolve litigation involving 3000-member statewide workers comp self-insurance program.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as one of the 2016 Best Lawyers in America for ADR
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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

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