Dr. Ed Ergenzinger

Mental Health Advocate, Educator, Writer, and Speaker


About Dr. Ed Ergenzinger

Ed Ergenzinger, JD, PhD, is a patent lawyer, neuroscientist, and adjunct professor whose personal experience battling bipolar disorder motivates and informs his mental health advocacy, writing, teaching, and speaking.

After a cycle of mania and depression left him hospitalized, unable to work, broke, and owing a mountain of taxes and debt, Dr. Ergenzinger collected Social Security Disability benefits as he struggled to regain his health. With medication and therapy, he has been able to return to the practice of law and has become a mental health advocate and educator.

As a lawyer, Dr. Ergenzinger has practiced patent law for over 20 years, serving clients ranging from solo inventors and start-up companies to world-class research universities and Fortune 500 companies. He has worked at two AmLaw 100 firms, an AmLaw 200 firm, a large regional general practice firm, boutique IP firms, and a solo practice, as well as in-house for an academic research institute and for a start-up company. 

Dr. Ergenzinger regularly writes and speaks about mental health issues, and is developing a course on mental health and wellness for attorneys and law students for Wake Forest University School of Law. 


Mental Health Advocacy and Education


Dr. Ergenzinger writes about mental health topics in a number of venues, including as a contributor and blogger for Psychology Today and the International Bipolar Foundation. 

He is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific and legal publications, including articles in Business Insider, Legal Times, The Scientist, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Biotechnology, and Nature Reviews Neuroscience.

He is accepting commissions for mental health-related writing projects. 

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From keynote addresses and invited talks at international conferences and top universities, to presentations at community and church groups, Dr. Ergenzinger has been a frequent speaker on a variety of scientific and legal topics.

Particular areas of interest and expertise include mental health and wellness in the legal profession, alternative emergency response programs for mental health crises, and living with serious mental illness.

Book Dr. Ergenzinger as a speaker for your next mental health-related program. 

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Dr. Ergenzinger has taught within undergraduate, graduate, medical, and law school curricula, including serving as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University, Campbell University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

He also has extensive experience preparing and presenting continuing legal education courses, including programs sponsored by such organizations as the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Book Dr. Ergenzinger for a continuing education program or workshop for your organization. 


“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”

John Green