Phyllis Pollack

Phyllis Pollack

About Phyllis Pollack

Phyllis G. Pollack, Esq. the principal of PGP Mediation (www.pgpmediation.com), has been a mediator in Los Angeles, California since 2000. She has conducted over 1700 mediations. As an attorney with more than 35 years experience, she utilizes her diverse background to resolve business, commercial, international trade, real estate, employment and lemon law disputes at both the state and federal trial and state appellate court levels. Currently, she is the in­coming chair of State Bar of California’s ADR Committee. She has served on the board of the California Dispute Resolution Council (CDRC) (2012­2013), is a past president and past treasurer of the SCMA Education Foundation (2011­2013) and a past president (2010) of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA). Ms. Pollack received her BA degree in sociology in 1973 from Newcomb College of Tulane University and her JD degree from Tulane University School of Law in 1977. She is an active member of both the Louisiana and California bars. Pollack believes that it is never too late to mediate a dispute and recommends mediation over litigation as it allows the parties to decide their own solutions.
16 08, 2019

It Is All About Trust!

By |2019-08-02T10:18:22-07:00August 16th, 2019|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

The one thing I love about being a mediator is that it constantly brings new challenges and new insights into people. A recent mediation is no exception. In that mediation, for the first time, defense counsel advised that her client wished to proceed to trial because it believed that the alleged defect was not caused [...]

9 08, 2019

Should you Set A Goal?

By |2019-07-25T16:01:14-07:00August 9th, 2019|Research|0 Comments

The Harvard Negotiation PON’s recent blog raises an interesting issue: in a negotiation should you set a goal? In “The Anchoring Effect and How It Can Impact Your Negotiation”, it answers “yes”. Noting that the “anchoring effect is a cognitive bias that describes the common human tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece [...]

2 08, 2019

Process Before Substance

By |2019-07-23T16:21:13-07:00August 2nd, 2019|Research|0 Comments

As part of a book club group, I recently read Negotiating the Impossible: How to Break Deadlocks and Resolve Ugly Conflicts (Without Money or Muscle) by Deepak Malhotra (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. 2016). The thesis of the book is simple: to resolve any conflict, one must employ Framing, Process and Empathy. Framing is how to present [...]

26 07, 2019

California State Bar Proposes Allowing Non-Lawyers to Practice Law

By |2019-07-23T16:20:25-07:00July 26th, 2019|Odd stuff, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In 2018, the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California received a Legal Market Landscape Report  (commissioned by the Bar) (“Report”) to study the ever changing market for legal services. What the study found is that while the wealthy can afford legal services, the less well advantaged cannot. That is,  “…a growing proportion [...]

19 07, 2019

“Approving as to Form and Content” May Mean More Than Just That!

By |2019-07-15T11:05:45-07:00July 19th, 2019|Court Cases|0 Comments

The California Supreme Court has issued an opinion holding that depending on the provisions in a settlement agreement, attorneys who approve the agreement as to form and content may also be bound by the substantive provisions of the agreement. In Monster Energy v Schechter, Case No.  S251392 (July 11, 2019), Plaintiffs Wendy Crossland and Richard [...]

12 07, 2019

Civility Precedes Empathy!

By |2019-07-08T10:58:48-07:00July 12th, 2019|Conflict resolution|0 Comments

There can be no empathy where there is no civility. I was at a conference  recently during which one the presenters made this statement. It struck me as I had never thought about these concepts as being connected. But, indeed, they are. “Civility” is defined as “…the act of showing regard for others by being [...]

5 07, 2019

The Slippery Slope of Negotiations!

By |2019-06-17T16:39:05-07:00July 5th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

Every so often, I glance at the blog posts on the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School website and one caught my eye. It is  entitled “Ethics in Negotiations: How to Deal with Deception at the Bargaining Table”  written by the PON staff and posted on June 11, 2019.   I found it interesting since [...]

28 06, 2019

May I Talk to the Other Party ?

By |2019-06-28T10:02:06-07:00June 28th, 2019|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

I have said this before and will say it again: talking to the other party does wonders. After mediating more than 2,000 cases, I am still at a loss to understand why parties in litigation are afraid to sit down with each other and discuss the issues directly. ( I know the lawyers do not [...]