About Us

Breaking Free Mediation Charter

Rebecca Zung, Susan Guthrie and this brand (BFM), (collectively “our”, “we” or “us”), are a powerful expression of what’s possible for people. We are a profound influence and the difference that makes the difference in empowering people through the challenges of life’s transitions and difficulties, through our mediation process, our materials, our products, our masterclasses, our speaking engagements, our published writings and through national media. Our knowledge, expertise and compassion creates a positive lifelong transformation for people. 

We stand for that all people can be transformed. Many, while hopeful for change, come to us resigned by the difficulties and issues they have known. We acknowledge and appreciate the strength, courage and integrity necessary to triumph over challenges. We inspire people to let go of patterns and ways of being and acting that no longer work within the context of healthy relationships or healthy futures. 

Through our diverse background in law, finance and teaching, we bring extraordinary insight into every facet of relationships and living a vibrant, healthy life. A cornerstone of what makes us successful is a commitment to bringing people together and making things happen. We are committed that our ideas become a powerful resource. 

As a source of inspiration and guidance, we are responsible for creating a world of integrity. In being actively engaged in what is important to people, we listen to the concerns of others with warmth, compassion and thoughtfulness. 

Our audience benefits by obtaining a quality of life that had been lost or was never known. Each person embraces a new future, confident with the new found ability to live a vibrant and healthy life. Our commitment to our consumers and audience is that, even in the most challenging of circumstances, they are left empowered, whole and inspired to create new beginnings and new futures. 

Rebecca Zung, Esq.

 U.S. News and Best Lawyer in America honoree, Rebecca Zung, has been revolutionizing the conversation® about divorce since 1999, and has been privileged to guide thousands who were stuck in divorce, drama, trauma and chaos to step into lives of freedom, possibility, prosperity and purpose. Now based in Los Angeles, she is continuing to serve the divorcing population through Breaking Free Mediation.

*Author of bestselling book Breaking Free: A Step-by-Step Divorce Guide for Achieving Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Freedom, Rebecca is also acknowledged by her peers and the judiciary as one of the top 1%* of divorce attorneys in America. In her book and keynote presentations, she shares the lessons that she learned in her own transformational journey starting as a college dropout, who married at 19 and had three children by the age of 23, who was divorced by the age of 29, to becoming one of most highly respected and celebrated divorce attorneys in the country, as well as a bestselling author, top podcast host, successful entrepreneur and keynote speaker. 

*A sought after major media contributor, Rebecca is comfortable speaking to intimate groups, arenas of thousands, as well as national audiences about empowering ways to take life by the tail and win. Her perspectives are in high demand, as she has been featured in or on Extra TV, Forbes, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Time, Dr. Drew, NPR Talk Radio, Good Day New York and CBS Los Angeles among others.  She is also the founder of Breaking Free: A Modern Divorce Podcast. 

*AV Pre-eminent Rated in Family Law by Martindale Hubbell, Top One Percent by National Association of Distinguished Counsel; inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report for 2018 and 2019; U.S. News Top Law Firms in the United States; named as Legal Elite by Trend Magazine; and AVVO rated 10/10. 

 

Susan Guthrie, Esq.

 Susan Guthrie, recently named as a 2018 Top Attorney in the USA in the fields of Family Law and Mediation by Lawyers of Distinction, is a divorce innovation specialist focused on helping couples to divorce and separate in a respectful and efficient manner. In her almost 30 years of practice she has worked with thousands of individuals and families, helping them to navigate their way through the difficult process of divorce in order to move forward with their lives in the best way possible. Susan, along with her co-host, Rebecca Zung, recently launched the iTunes top 10 Podcast, Breaking Free: A Modern Divorce Podcast which provides a fresh perspective on the divorce process and is revolutionizing the conversation around divorce.

In addition to her business endeavors, Susan is the on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and serves as Chairman of the Communications Committee and as a member of the Planning Committee for the SCMA’s Family Mediation Institute. In addition, Susan is an editor of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution’s E-Magazine “Just Resolutions” and is on the Planning Committee and Faculty for the ABA Annual Advanced Mediation Institute. She regularly presents at legal industry events and works with fellow family law professionals to enhance their negotiation and settlement skills through workshops and presentations.

Susan is a frequent contributor to several divorce publications including her latest articles “3 Ways a Consulting Attorney is Worth the Expense in Divorce Mediation” and “Three Common Misconceptions about Divorce Mediation” in DivorceMag.com. She was recently featured in My Business Magazine's article "Susan Guthrie of La Jolla Mediation - Provides a Better Way to Divorce.

PREFERRED PROFESSIONALS

Who are our "Preferred Professionals"?

As part of our "conscious" work in the area of divorce and relationship conflict resolution, we have made a choice to establish relationships with top caliber mindful professionals, and have secured a preferential rate for their services for our clients.   

Scott Picard, Meditation and Energy Expert

Trained as a dancer and gymnast in Montana, Scott Picard understood the intrinsic wisdom and power of the physical body from a very early age. 

Scott’s passion for this work of using the body and movement to gather insight into the myriad complexities of the human condition, allowed him to discover and expand his relationship  to the earth, others and himself. Using these principles he is able to access the humanity we each hold. Acting as a compassionate guide, he leads women and men of all ages and backgrounds to find a deeper connection to their own lives, to others, and to the  world around them.  His groundbreaking weekly class at  Knockout Studio was featured in Vogue and the LA Times

The inclusive power of Scott’s work welcomes people from all diverse walks of life. From teachers to CEO’s, actors to artists, Scott works with individuals, couples, groups and companies worldwide.

Nevin Sanli, Business and Income Valuation Expert

Mr. Sanli is President and Founder of Sanli Pastore & Hill, Inc.  He is responsible for the overall

 Mr. Sanli is President and Founder of Sanli Pastore & Hill, Inc.  He is responsible for the overall management of the firm, including client engagements, litigation support, expert witness testimony, strategic planning and relationship management.  Mr. Sanli, a member of the American Society of Appraisers, is an accredited Senior Appraiser, Business Valuation Discipline, and has been a financial consultant for nearly 25 years specializing in business valuations, litigation consulting, economic and financial research, statistical and investment analysis and mergers and acquisitions.Mr. Sanli has extensive experience in developing cash flow statements and financial projections, conducting industry and market research, analysis of financial statements and valuing businesses.

Parenting Plan Specialist

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Certified Divorce Financial Analyst

CEO of Collaborative Financial Consulting, Jason focuses exclusively on working with people during the divorce and transition process and then into their new lives.    The host of Women, Power & Money, with Kerri Kasem on KABC 790 Talk Radio, he is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University and is recognized as one of the Top 5%o of financial advisers in the United States.  

Parenting coordinator

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