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.
6 12, 2018

Losing Sight of the Forest for the Trees!

By |2018-11-26T17:41:17+00:00December 6th, 2018|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

I had a really weird almost mediation recently. It was a lemon law matter. It cancelled at the last minute simply because plaintiff’s counsel (let’s call her Joan) was sending another attorney (let’s call her Janice) in her stead. The defendant did not like this substitution and so cancelled. It all started when defense counsel [...]

27 11, 2018

Every Dispute is Two Disputes.

By |2018-11-12T16:25:45+00:00November 27th, 2018|Mediations, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Several weeks ago, I attended the annual fall conference of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA).   While all the sessions were very good, one of them on emotional intelligence (presented by Harold Coleman, Jr. Esq, Debra Dupree MFT, Psy.D., and Matt Argue, Esq. entitled “The Modern Mediator: Interplay of Psychology and Mediation Strategy”)  got me [...]

16 11, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

By |2018-11-07T16:30:04+00:00November 16th, 2018|Odd stuff|1 Comment

Once again, Thanksgiving is upon us. Last year- 2017- I posted the blog below which I believe is as relevant today as it was last year. So, I would like to share it again. And.... again I want to thank each of you for such a great year. I  deeply appreciate your kindness, generosity and [...]

9 11, 2018

Forget the “Carrot and Stick” Approach!

By |2018-10-31T17:31:55+00:00November 9th, 2018|Negotiation Strategy|0 Comments

Over the years, many people have told me that they sometimes use the “carrot and stick” approach as a negotiation tactic.  Wikipedia defines this tactic as The phrase "carrot and stick" is a metaphor for the use of a combination of reward and punishment to induce a desired behavior. It is based on the idea that a cart driver [...]

2 11, 2018

How Do You Negotiate?

By |2018-10-24T16:03:10+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Negotiation Strategy|0 Comments

The art of negotiation seems to be very much in the news today, with issues involving trade, tariffs, immigration, arms sales, nuclear arms, et cetera. In preparing to teach a class on negotiation ethics as part of my Mediation Ethics course at USC Gould School of Law, it dawned on me that the leaders of [...]

26 10, 2018

Informed Consent in Mediations Taking Place in California

By |2018-10-27T09:33:23+00:00October 26th, 2018|Actual Mediations, Arbitration, Featured Articles, Legislature, Mediation|0 Comments

Informed Consent in Mediations Taking Place in California Originally published in the Daily Journal, September 28, 2018. Download the PDF Version of the Article Here Sometimes parties attend mediation without the proper preparation. If the matter is in litigation, their attorney may not have met with them beforehand to explain the process of mediation [...]

26 10, 2018

A Wise Use of Mediation

By |2018-10-26T11:51:14+00:00October 26th, 2018|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

One well known mantra of mediators is that it is always better to mediate prior to filing a lawsuit  than to incur the time and expense lawsuits entail. Most lawyers will tell you that litigation is the most expensive and least efficient way of resolving a matter; yet, they will typically file a lawsuit and [...]

19 10, 2018

Ethical Fading

By |2018-10-09T15:01:51+00:00October 19th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

I came across an article on negotiation ethics that intrigued me because I am co-teaching ADR Ethics at USC Gould School of Law this semester.   Typically, before I discuss the topic of mediation ethics with my students, I delve into the topic of “negotiation ethics” in general. The article, entitled “Negotiation Research Examines Ethics in [...]