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Bill Eddy

High Conflict Institute

Bill Eddy is an attorney, therapist, mediator, author, and the co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the High Conflict Institute. He pioneered the High Conflict Personality Theory (HCP) and is a leading expert on managing disputes involving people with high conflict personalities. He was the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center for 15 years, a Certified Family Law Specialist lawyer representing clients in family court for 15 years, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker therapist with twelve years’ experience. He serves on the faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law in California and is a Conjoint Associate Professor with the University of Newcastle Law School in Australia. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 30 U.S. states and 10 countries and is the author or co-author of sixteen books (as of 2020) and has a popular blog on the Psychology Today website with over 4 million views.

As an attorney, Bill was a Certified Family Law Specialist in California. Prior to becoming an attorney in 1992, he was a Licensed Clinical Social worker with twelve years’ experience providing therapy to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics. 

He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including:
  • 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life
  • High Conflict People in Legal Disputes, 2nd Ed.
  • It’s All YOUR Fault! 12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything
  • SPLITTING: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • BIFF: Quick Responses to High Conflict People, Their Personal Attacks, Hostile Email and Social Media Meltdowns
  • So, What’s Your Proposal?
  • Don’t Alienate the Kids
  • Dating Radar
  • It’s All Your Fault at Work

He is also the developer of the New Ways for Families® method of managing potentially high conflict families in and out of family court, and a method for managing potentially high conflict employees, New Ways for Work. He has also developed and trained hundreds of mediators with his New Ways for Mediation method.