John Paul Erler, Of Counsel

After more than 50 years of practice, Jack Erler has reduced his workload and become Of Counsel. He transitioned his practice to Rebecca Klotzle and will continue to work with her, providing advice based on his extensive experience.

During his active years, he represented businesses; quasi-public and non-profit entities; and associations with an emphasis on youth camps and programs. He worked to solve complex legal problems in child related matters, as well as legislative, regulatory, employment, corporate, commercial, taxation, environmental, land use matters. Using his litigation experience, he also provided alternative dispute resolution services to individuals, businesses, insurers, governmental and non-profit entities; helping them find fair and legally sound resolutions to disputes.

Jack is a member of the American Bar and Maine Bar Associations. He is a member of American Camp Association, American Camp Association – New England, Maine Summer Camps, and Maine Youth Camp Association. He served on the Board of Governors of the Maine Alternative Dispute Resolution Professionals, now Maine Association of Mediators. He was a member of the New England Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution. He chaired the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the Natural Resources & Environmental Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association. He served on the Board and as the President of the Board of Directors of the Sacopee Valley Health Center.

Jack’s greatest love in his practice has been and remains his work with Maine youth camps, assisting them to enrich the lives of millions of children from Maine, across the United States and around the world. He will continue to work with Maine Youth Camp Association and Maine Summer Camps. As the result of his work with youth camps and associations, Jack is the recipient of the ACA Special Recognition, ACA New England Community Honor Recognition and the Maine Halsey Gulick Awards.


  • Advanced Mediation Training—Harvard University
  • J.D., cum laude—University of Connecticut Law School
  • B.A., Psychology—Grinnell College

Bar Admissions and Memberships

  • Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • American Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association