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.
29 03, 2019

Silence is Golden!

By |2019-03-18T11:08:51-07:00March 29th, 2019|Negotiation Strategy|0 Comments

In cleaning up my office so it could be repainted and re-carpeted, I came upon an article in the July 2018 ABA Journal (volume 104) entitled, “Sounds of Silence” by Philip N. Meyer (pp. 22-23.)  ( "ABA Article"). The ABA article notes that a pause at the right moment can be a very powerful tool. [...]

22 03, 2019

Moral Disengagement, Part 2!

By |2019-03-18T15:28:04-07:00March 22nd, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

Several weeks ago, I posted a blog about moral disengagement regarding the bad call in the Saints- LA Rams game that effectively allowed the LA Rams to win a trip to the Super Bowl. ( As you know, the LA Rams lost to the New England Patriots- their sixth Super Bowl win!) This notion of [...]

8 03, 2019

What NOT to File with the Court!

By |2019-03-04T16:27:16-07:00March 8th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

No doubt you have had these same thoughts: after hearing or reading something, you wonder what on earth was the person thinking? Were they on drugs or something? Where was their self-restraint or the little person inside their head yelling “NO!NO!NO! DON’T DO IT!” This musing is brought about by a partially published opinion issued [...]

1 03, 2019

Mediator Inconsistency

By |2019-02-01T11:43:04-07:00March 1st, 2019|Mediations|0 Comments

In preparing to teach a class on mediation ethics, I read Mediation Ethics  edited by Ellen Waldman (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2011). In it, she makes a point I had never thought about: The Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators are inconsistent. (Id.  at 13-14.)  (“Model Standards”) While the Model Standards are not law, they are [...]

22 02, 2019

Negotiation Strategy 101!

By |2019-01-29T12:33:22-07:00February 22nd, 2019|Negotiation|0 Comments

  I recently read a blog post entitled, How To Make Decisions Like a Leader in 2019 appearing on the Leadership Freak website.  While the article talks in terms of making decisions as a leader, its strategies apply equally well to any negotiation. For example, first and foremost, the author notes that it is important [...]

15 02, 2019

Context Matters

By |2019-01-28T16:03:20-07:00February 15th, 2019|Research|0 Comments

Recently, I attended a training on cross cultural communication presented by Jason Harper as part of the Los Angeles County Bar Association training for mediators. During the presentation, Mr. Harper discussed “low-context” and “high -context” communications in terms of relationships vs rights. But first, some definitions: The concepts of high context and low context refer [...]

8 02, 2019

How SINS ful are you?

By |2019-01-29T12:43:35-07:00February 8th, 2019|Research|0 Comments

In a recent blog, I mentioned that I attended a seminar presented by Professor Blondell discussing ethical fading in mediation. At one point, she mentioned the SINS scale which I had not heard about. In 2000, Robert Robinson, Roy Lewicki and Eileen M. Donahue wrote an article, entitled, Extending and testing a five factor model [...]