Bill (William) Eddy

Bill Eddy

Senior Fellow, Monash University

William A. ("Bill") Eddy is an attorney, therapist and mediator, and the President of the High Conflict Institute based in San Diego, California. Mr. Eddy provides training on the subject of high-conflict personalities to attorneys, mediators, collaborative law professionals, judges, mental health professionals, guardians ad litem, human resource managers, ombudspersons, hospital administrators, college administrators, law enforcement, homeowners' association managers and others. He has presented in over 25 states and several provinces in Canada, as well as Australia, New Zealand, France and Sweden.

As an attorney, he is a Certified Family Law Specialist in California, where he has represented clients in family court and provided divorce mediation services for the past 20 years. Prior to that, he provided psychotherapy for 12 years to children, adults, couples and families in psychiatric hospitals and outpatient clinics as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  He is currently the Senior Family Mediator at the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego, California.

Mr. Eddy is the author of several books, including: The Future of Family Court: Structure, Skills and Less Stress; It's All Your Fault!:12 Tips for Managing People Who Blame Others for Everything; High Conflict People in Legal Disputes; and Managing High Conflict People in Court. He is the developer of the New Ways for Families method for potentially high-conflict families, which is being implemented in several family court systems in the United States and Canada. He is also the co-developer of the HCI Pattern Viewer computer method of presenting high conflict behavior and numerous documents in a simple visual format to professionals and the court.

He is presently on the part-time faculty at the Pepperdine University School of Law and on the part-time faculty of the National Judicial College. He taught Negotiation and Mediation at the University of San Diego School of Law for six years.  He has served as a Special Master and as a Settlement Judge.  He has presented at judicial conferences in California, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Virginia, Minnesota and judicial conferences in Canada. He has spoken at numerous state bar conferences and at state and international conferences for several organizations.

He obtained his law degree in 1992 from the University of San Diego, a Master of Social Work degree in 1981 from San Diego State University, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology in 1970 from Case Western Reserve University. His website is: