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Eric van Ginkel

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206 Maxwell Way
Austin, TX 78738
(310) 569-9505
Fax: (310) 815-0255


Description of Practice

Eric van Ginkel, J.D., J.D., LL.M., mediates and arbitrates complex contractual and tort disputes. Areas of concentration include the resolution of business disputes, (joint ventures, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions), licensing agreements, distributorship and agency agreements, and commercial real estate transactions. Eric also mediates and arbitrates disputes arising out of hi-tech business transactions and intellectual property disputes (including biotech, IT and entertainment law). Eric specializes in domestic and international commercial mediation & arbitration. Eric is also qualified to assist in the design of preventative ADR systems, drafting multi-tier dispute resolution clauses and mediation at the contract formation stage.

Professional Background

Eric van Ginkel is an Adjunct Professor in Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Investment Disputes, and International Commercial Arbitration at Pepperdine University School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He holds JD degrees from both Leiden University's Faculty of Law in the Netherlands and Columbia University School of Law in New York; Eric also holds Certificate and LL.M. degrees in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law, aggregating more than 1,000 hours of dispute resolution training and education.


Eric has mediated more than 375 cases, with a remarkably high success rate. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in more than 65 cases.


Law Faculty of the University of Leiden, the Netherlands (JD Equivalent) Columbia Law School, New York (JD) Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law (LL.M. in Dispute Resolution)


Eric aims to create a climate in the mediation process that lends itself to understanding each other's position, needs and interests and that encourages a meaningful dialogue that leads to satisfactory resolution of the dispute. He brings integrity and more than 30 years of negotiating experience to the table. He listens with empathy to all parties and uses facilitative and evaluative approaches as circumstances suggest. He is particularly skilled in breaking impasse.


Eric encourages the use of his FREE pre-mediation conferences. Eric's hourly, half-day and all-day rates are available on request. All-day fees include preparation time and travel time within Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. His mediation cases are administered by the Agency for Dispute Resolution (

Other Information

In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, Los Angeles Magazine and Law and Politics Media honored Mr. van Ginkel as one of a small group of "Super Lawyers" in Southern California in the “ADR Arbitrator/Mediator” category. Eric's international background and extensive travels throughout Europe and Asia have given him a sensitivity to cultural differences--irrespective of the part of the world the parties may be from. Eric is fluent in Dutch, French and German, and conversant in Italian. Eric acts as mediator and/or arbitrator for the AAA, ICDR, ICC, WIPO and ACICA, as well as for the U.S. District Court for Central California, the California Superior Court and the Court of Appeal.

Areas of Practice

  • Art
  • Bioethics
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • Cross Cultural
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Foreclosure
  • General
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Native American
  • Natural Resources
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Patent
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Technology
  • Trademark

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Systems Designer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Counselor
  • Facilitator

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