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Susan E. Guthrie

Susan E. Guthrie

Breaking Free Mediation, Inc.
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce, Family Law
  • California, Connecticut
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Susan Guthrie, recently named again by Lawyers of Distinction as one of the Top Family Law and Mediation Attorneys in the country, has been helping individuals and families navigate separation and divorce for almost 30 years. Susan and fellow top attorney, Rebecca Zung, are the Co-Founders of Breaking Free Mediation, the first family law mediation centers in the country to offer a mindfulness track to help divorcing parties to negotiate their issues peacefully. Susan is an online mediation expert and Breaking Free Mediation offers online mediation services nationwide. As a Divorce Innovation Specialist, Susan has created Divorce in a Better Way (www.divorceinabetterway.com) as a curated resource for those seeking the latest tips and advice in navigating the divorce process.

Susan is also the co-host, with Rebecca, of the iTunes Top 10 podcast, Breaking Free: A Modern Divorce Podcast, which is revolutionizing the conversation around divorce. The podcast has appeared several times in the iTunes Top Ten and was recently features in the “New & Noteworthy” listings. Podbean regularly features the show on it’s “Recommended” list. The show recently reached 800,000 listens in just under 8 months.

As a leading dispute resolution professional, Susan is proud to be the incoming Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution’s Mediation Committee, a Co-Chair of the Planning Committee for the ABA’s Advanced Mediation Skills Institute and an editor of the ABA e-magazine, “Just Resolutions”. In addition to her roles with the ABA, Susan is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and is the Co-Chair of the SCMA Communications/Membership Committee. Susan is regularly published in industry and divorce resources and presents several times a year at conferences and institutes around the country.

Practice Areas
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    30 minute introductory consultation offered for new clients.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I also accept Paypal and Venmo.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
Connecticut
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founder and Principal
Breaking Free Mediation, Inc.
- Current
America's first family law mediation centers offering a mindfulness track to help divorcing parties to manage the difficult emotions encountered during the process.
Founder and Principal
Divorce in a Better Way, Inc.
- Current
The website of Attorney Susan E. Guthrie, America's Divorce Innovation Specialist with curated tips and tools to streamline your divorce experience.
Owner/Founder
La Jolla Mediation Services
- Current
Founded family law and mediation practice in La Jolla, California.
Owner/Founder
Law Offices of Susan E. Guthrie
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Founded family law and mediation practice.
Partner
Gentile, Chiota & Guthrie, LLC
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Partner in firm handling all family and divorce matters.
Associate Attorney
Gentile & Chiota, LLC
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Education
Wayne State University Law School
J.D. (1990) | Law
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
B.A. (1987) | English
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Honors: Honors College
Awards
Top 10% of Lawyers in US - Family Law, Mediation
Lawyers of Distinction
Top 10% of Lawyers in US - Family Law, Mediation
Lawyers of Distinction
Recognized the top 10% of attorneys in their respective fields in the United States.
Professional Associations
Connecticut State Bar
Member
Current
Southern California Mediation Association
Committee Member - Family Mediation Institute
- Current
Activities: On the planning committee for the First Annual SCMA Family Mediation Institute to be held in June, 2018.
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Member
- Current
Southern California Mediation Association
Member
- Current
American Bar Association
Member - Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections
- Current
American Bar Association
Incoming Co-Chair of the Section of Dispute Resolution's Mediation Committee
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Southern California Mediation Association
Board Member
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Fairfield County Bar Association
Co-Chair Women in the Law Committee
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Publications
Articles & Publications
How Selling My House Convinced Me to Sell My Old Engagement Ring on Worthy.com
Worthy.com
The Future is Online: Why You Need to Add Online Mediation Services to Your Practice
ABA Section of Dispute Resolutions eMagazine "Just Resolutions"
Harry Macklowe Divorce: Mogul Plasters Photo of New Wife on Skyscraper
Divorce Magazine
What Moms Need to Know About Custody & Child Support According to Divorce Attorneys
She Knows
3 Common Misconceptions About Divorce Mediation
Divorce Magazine
3 Ways a Consulting Attorney is Worth the Expense in Divorce Mediation
Divorce Magazine
3 Ways for Divorced Parents to Keep Halloween from Being Scary for their Kids
Divorce Magazine
Susan Guthrie of La Jolla Mediation Services Provides a Better Way to Divorce
My Business Magazine
How to Find the Best Divorce Lawyer
Splitcorner
Speaking Engagements
"How I Made It", Webinar Series, Webinar
Southern California Mediation Association
Unique webinar series aimed at helping mediators build a viable practice by getting tips and advice from those "who have made it"
Online Mediation: Practical Tips and Best Practices, SCMA Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA
Southern California Mediation Association
Presented on the best practices and ethical considerations when adding an online platform to your mediation practice.
Mediator Mishaps - Avoid the Nightmares and Sleep Easy, APFM/ADFP United Catalyst Conference, San Diego, CA
Academy of Professional Family Mediators
Presented on a panel of professionals reviewing common mediator mistakes and pitfalls with an eye to prevention.
Growing Your Practice in New Ways - Expand Your Practice With Online Mediation Services, SCMA Family Mediation Institute, Orange County, CA
Southern California Mediation Association
Presented on the best practices and ethical considerations when adding an online platform to your mediation practice.
Certifications
Certified Mediator
Mediation Matters
Certified Guardian ad Litem
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
Certified Attorney for Minor Child(ren)
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
Websites & Blogs
Website
Divorce in a Better Way, Inc.
Social Media
Contact & Map
Breaking Free Mediation, Inc.
1749 N. Winchester Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
USA
Toll-Free: (203) 295-3388
CT Family Law Online
1749 N. Winchester Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
USA
Toll-Free: (203) 295-3388