Phyllis Pollack

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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.
27 07, 2018

Simple Courtesies

By |2018-07-27T09:50:43+00:00July 27th, 2018|Odd stuff|1 Comment

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+00:00July 20th, 2018|Research|1 Comment

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+00:00July 13th, 2018|Actual Mediations|1 Comment

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+00:00July 6th, 2018|Research|1 Comment

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 theconversation.com  entitled “In praise of doing nothing” [...]

29 06, 2018

Dispute Resolution 101!

By |2018-06-19T13:22:26+00:00June 29th, 2018|Odd stuff|1 Comment

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 [...]

22 06, 2018

Not Just Another Set of Lamb Chops!

By |2018-06-19T13:17:18+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Odd stuff|1 Comment

Someone once said to me that while to a butcher a pair of lamb chops is just another set of lamb chops, to a person who has not eaten in a long while, it will be the best meal ever. In sum, it is all a matter of perspective. I point this out because, once again, [...]

15 06, 2018

New Rules

By |2018-06-01T13:27:03+00:00June 15th, 2018|Legislature|1 Comment

After many years of study and discussion, the California Supreme Court has finally adopted a modified version of the ABA Model  Rules of Professional Conduct. By order entered  May 10, 2018, the Court approved the request of the Board of Trustees of the State Bar for approval of comprehensive amendments to California's ethics rules for [...]

8 06, 2018

Emotional Triggers

By |2018-05-17T11:04:19+00:00June 8th, 2018|Research|1 Comment

My office is in downtown Los Angeles.  I usually start my mediations at 10:00 a.m. For a reason: so that the parties do not have to fight rush hour traffic to be on time (even though rush hour seems to be never ending). I have found that if people walk into a mediation angry and [...]