The Learn to Mediate Online Podcast from Susan Guthrie, Esq.

Technology: The Bridge to Collaborative Coalitions with Thought Leader and Innovator, Larry Bridgesmith on The Learn to Mediate Online Podcast with Susan Guthrie, Esq. #205

March 2, 2021

In this episode, online mediation expert Susan Guthrie, speaks with dispute resolution professional and thought leader, Larry Bridgesmith, about the amazing opportunities for collaboration and change created in the wave of technological innovation sweeping the profession and the world.  

As a profession, dispute resolutionists and legal professionals have faced the difficulties of the pandemic and embraced the change and adoption of technology that became the lifeline for businesses worldwide.  A positive outcome of the wholesale adoption of technology is a new-found openess to the possibilities that technology offers for building bridges among disciplines and people around the world to effectuate positive change.  Larry offers a fascinating glimpse of the exciting possibilities that abound in our newly technologically accepting world.

More information about this week's Special Guest:  Larry Bridgesmith J.D., is President of Accelerate Insite LLC, CEO of LegalAlignment LLC and a practicing lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee. Larry is a member of the International Academy of Mediators. He chairs the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission.

He founded Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management. He teaches at Vanderbilt University School of  (where he co-founded the Program on Law & Innovation) Belmont University Massey Graduate School of Business, The Nashville School of Law and the Albany Medical School Alden March Institute for Biomedical Ethics. 

In 2013, Larry was awarded the Grayfred Gray Award for Public Service in Mediation by the Coalition for Mediation Awareness in Tennessee. In 2017, he received the Justice Janice Holder Award and the Tennessee Bar Association President's Award for technology innovation in the legal system. 

The American Bar Association chose his article Collaboration is the Future for its 2019 publication reprint.


About Our Host: Susan Guthrie, nationally recognized as one of the Top Family Law and Mediation Attorneys in the country, has been helping individuals and families navigate separation and divorce for 30 years. Susan also is one of the leading experts in online mediation in the country and trains other professionals in the practical and ethical considerations of conducting their mediations online through her business Learn to Mediate Online (

As a leading dispute resolution professional, Susan is honored to serve on the Executive Council of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section as the Membership Officer and to be a Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee


Susan recently partnered with mediation legend, Forrest "Woody" Mosten, to form the Mosten Guthrie Academy for Mediation and Collaborative Law Training to provide the gold standard of training for professionals in an online format.  Upcoming Mosten Guthrie trainings include:

Optimize Your Divorce Mediation Practice with Technology April, 2021

Advanced Mediation Training May, 2021

40-Hour Divorce & Family Mediation Training September, 2021

Consulting & Study Practice Groups ongoing

There are even opportunities to customize your own training program or consulting group with Woody and Susan!

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In addition:

The Learn to Mediate Online Training Program is NOW ON-DEMAND!  To date, more than 15,000 dispute resolution professionals have benefited from her online mediation training program which is available as an ON DEMAND COURSE!  The program will help you to transition your in-person mediation process to an online virtual proceeding via Zoom video-conferencing and more.  Go here to find out more:

Susan also offers additional training and webinars in (available on

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Susan also offers 1:1 private coaching and more.  Go to


Susan has been featured in and on media outlets such as CNBC, Market Watch, Forbes, Eye on Chicago, WGN, the ABA’s Just Resolutions Magazine, Thrive Global, The Nook Online among others. She is licensed to practice law in the States of California and Connecticut as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Susan's other Podcasts: After a year and half of co-creating and co-hosting the award winning podcast, Breaking Free: A Modern Divorce Podcast which reached over 3 million listeners, Susan current podcast, The Divorce and Beyond Podcast with Susan Guthrie, Esq. debuted on iTunes “Top Podcasts” List for self-help podcasts and is one of the leading divorce podcasts in the country. Divorce & Beyond is focused on pulling back the curtain on the mysteries of the divorce process and bringing tips and resources to help people to thrive and shine in their new future beyond divorce.


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