Phyllis Pollack

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Phyllis Pollack

About Phyllis Pollack

Phyllis G. Pollack, Esq. the principal of PGP Mediation (, 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.
17 08, 2018

What’s In a Name? Bias!

By | 2018-08-06T15:42:06+00:00 August 17th, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

In previous blogs, I have discussed the notion of implicit or unconscious biases which are “…social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing.” ( Such [...]

10 08, 2018

Past the Time Is the Right Time!

By | 2018-07-27T12:31:45+00:00 August 10th, 2018|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

Many, many years ago, someone once said to me that people do not begin to negotiate until it is past the time to negotiate. How true this can be as borne out by a recent mediation. The matter involved the purchase and sale of a condo. The mediation was held before any lawsuit was filed. [...]

3 08, 2018

It’s Hard To Let Go!

By | 2018-07-20T10:41:31+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

One of the hardest things about settling a lawsuit is for the parties to let go. They have spent all this time and energy (mental and emotional) as well as money on it over a period of months (if not years) and now, in the face of an offer to settle that is less than [...]

27 07, 2018

Simple Courtesies

By | 2018-07-27T09:50:43+00:00 July 27th, 2018|Odd stuff|0 Comments

When I took my very first mediation training course in 2000, the instructor emphasized the importance of introducing ourselves to each and every one in the room and shaking their hands when we-the mediator- walked into the room for the first time. I did not think much about it, and it has been a practice [...]

20 07, 2018

Is It Urgent?

By | 2018-07-20T10:40:28+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

To some extent (some of us more so than others), we all procrastinate or put off things. Sometimes, the task is important or urgent, and sometimes it is not. Often, we will do the not so important or not so urgent task first because…?   Our brain tells us to! In a recent New York Times [...]

13 07, 2018

Why Come To Mediation?

By | 2018-06-26T14:20:04+00:00 July 13th, 2018|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

It happened again.  A mediation that went nowhere fast when the defendant attended mediation “because” it was court-ordered. And… defendant offered zero in settlement. It was a property damage case. Plaintiff alleged her vehicle was side swiped while parked on the street overnight.  The automobile insurance company had an “expert” look at the damage and [...]

6 07, 2018

Doing Nothin’!

By | 2018-06-26T13:15:29+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

Slow down, you move too fast You got to make the morning last Just kicking down the cobble stones Looking for fun and feelin' groovy (The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) Simon and Garfunkel (1966)) These lyrics seem more important than ever. A recent article posted on  entitled “In praise of doing nothing” [...]

29 06, 2018

Dispute Resolution 101!

By | 2018-06-19T13:22:26+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Odd stuff|0 Comments

My husband’s stay in the hospital has taught me a very basic lesson:  knowing how to resolve disputes is a necessary tool in every aspect of life, especially in stressful situations such as hospital stays. This may get back to the notion discussed in an earlier blog, that some medical professionals forget that they are [...]