Eric van Ginkel is a highly experienced arbitrator and mediator, with full law degrees from both civil (the Netherlands) and common law (United States) countries, as well as a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School, among the top-rated dispute resolution
institutes in the United States.
From his offices in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Austin, Texas, Eric handles disputes worldwide, involving Business Contracts, Energy (including oil & gas, solar and wind), Intellectual Property, Pharmaceutical/Biotech/Life Sciences, IT, Entertainment and Commercial Real Estate.
Eric and his wife Carol live in Austin, Texas. When Eric is not arbitrating, mediating, teaching or blogging, he enjoys playing and listening to classical music, attending the theater with Carol, and practicing meditation and yoga. Eric is a citizen of The Netherlands and a permanent resident of the United States. He often visits The Netherlands to give lectures, conduct mediations and visit with family and friends.
Arbitration and ADR Experience:
Eric is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA), an international, elite
invitation-only fellowship of experienced commercial arbitrators. He also a Fellow of the
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), a leading professional organization of alternative
dispute resolution practitioners worldwide. It has over 16,000 members located across 149 countries supporting all forms of private dispute resolution worldwide.
In 2017 and again in 2018 Eric was selected by the prestigious Who’s Who Legal’s global
survey as one of the leading international arbitrators in the United States and the Netherlands. Global Arbitration Review’s Who’s Who Legal – Arbitration says: “Eric van Ginkel is a prominent arbitrator and mediator with a wealth of experience handling complex disputes in the corporate, real estate, intellectual property and energy sectors.”
Eric is of counsel to Schonewille & Schonewille, the legal mediation and arbitration firm with offices in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, giving him a base from which he serves as arbitrator and mediator in Europe and Africa.
Throughout his legal career, Martindale-Hubbell has recognized Eric van Ginkel as an AV®
rated attorney, lately with a “Judicial AV Preeminent” ranking, now the highest such rating
available. Before moving to Texas in December of 2016, Eric resided in California, where for ten years Los Angeles Magazine and Law and Politics Media honored Eric as one of a small group of "Super Lawyers" in Southern California in the “ADR Arbitrator/Mediator” category.
Eric is a former Assistant Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He is a former member of the Executive Committee and the Board of the California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC). He is also a former member of the Arbitration and Mediation Committees (Co-Editor of the Mediation Newsletter, 2009-2010), and a past Senior Vice-Chair of the Committee on Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law, of the International Bar Association.
teaching Arbitration Law, Negotiation and ADR Survey (i.e. an overview of Negotiation,
Mediation and Arbitration).
Pepperdine University School of Law (since 2004), where he has taught courses in ADR
Survey, (US Domestic) Arbitration, International Commercial Arbitration, International BusinessTransactions, International Commercial Dispute Resolution, International Investment Disputes, Introduction to the Legal Process, and the Mediation Clinic (in alphabetical order).
Eric coached teams of Straus Institute students who participated in the First International
Commercial Arbitration Moot at American University Washington College of Law in 2012 (on a subject involving international investment arbitration), and the 20th, 21st and 22nd Vis Moot Competitions in Vienna, respectively in 2013, 2014 and 2015 (on subjects involving international commercial arbitration), and has acted as Vis Moot arbitrator in several sessions both in Hong Kong (Vis East) and Vienna, including most recently in 2016 and 2018.
Eric is a frequent speaker and trainer on subjects involving arbitration and mediation.
- A dispute between a US manufacturer of integrated circuits and its distributor in an EU country, concerning alleged wrongful termination of the distribution agreement.
- A dispute between a Spanish biotech company and a US cGMP manufacturer, concerning
- A dispute between a French car-seat manufacturer and its US distributor, concerning alleged breach of the distribution agreement.
- A dispute between a Canadian recruiting firm and a US information technology company (as employer), concerning alleged breach of the recruitment services agreement.
- A dispute between a US product data collaboration software company and its distributor in an EU country, concerning alleged breach of the distribution agreement.
- A dispute between an Indian software and technical support company and a Canadian hardware and software outsourcing company, concerning alleged breach of a technical support services agreement and my jurisdiction as arbitrator.
- A dispute between a Caribbean concert organizing company and a US talent agency and a
- A dispute between a US agricultural research and distribution company (including of
- A dispute between a US wine manufacturer and its distributor for Africa, concerning alleged wrongful termination of the distribution agreement.
- Adispute between a Canadian manufacturer of video surveillance equipment and software and a Korean patent licensee, concerning alleged breach of the patent license agreement.
- A case between the US owner of certain biotechnology (pharmaceutical) patents and the US licensee, concerning the alleged breach of the patent licensing agreement.