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.
22 12, 2017

A Bias I Never Thought About!

By | 2017-12-07T16:26:51+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Research|0 Comments

Time tends to pass, and we do not even realize it.  In October, I received an invitation to attend my 40th law school reunion and did a double take; had it been THAT long? WOW! I decided to attend. During the weekend of festivities, Tulane put on two continuing legal education seminars since all of [...]

15 12, 2017

You Must Actually Ask For it!

By | 2017-12-07T16:28:57+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Court Cases|0 Comments

Many mediations end in settlement at which point the parties draft a settlement agreement. California law provides a summary procedure by which the parties can enforce the settlement agreement if the spirit of compromise does not continue after the mediation. Code of Civil Procedure Section 664.6 provides: 664.6.   If parties to pending litigation stipulate, in [...]

8 12, 2017

On to The Legislature!!

By | 2017-12-07T16:21:22+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Legislature|0 Comments

In a hearing on December 1, 2017 lasting one hour beyond the scheduled end time, the California Law Revision Commission (“CLRC”) gave its final approval to the Tentative Recommendation issued in June 2017 to create certain exceptions to mediation confidentiality.  Its final approval is subject to the chair and /or vice chair approving further language [...]

1 12, 2017

Anger Has Its Benefits !!

By | 2017-11-20T13:24:26+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Negotiation Strategy|0 Comments

In October 2015, I posted a blog about a then recent New York Times article on the benefits of anger in negotiations. In “The Rationality of Rage”, Matthew Hudson reviewed then recent studies indicating that in a balanced negotiation, anger tends to provide some leverage; it helped the angry negotiator gain better results in certain [...]

17 11, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

By | 2017-11-07T11:06:48+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Odd stuff|0 Comments

Once again, Thanksgiving is upon us. Last year- 2016- 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 [...]

10 11, 2017

I Apologize For Suggesting It !

By | 2017-10-27T11:33:54+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

Mediations and their participants never cease to amaze me. Recently, I mediated a personal injury lawsuit. It should have settled as liability was not an issue.  Defendant was not contesting her fault for making a left turn immediately in front of Plaintiff’s vehicle that was proceeding straight. Rather, the issue was damages or how much [...]

3 11, 2017

Listening Leads to Empathy

By | 2017-10-27T11:34:50+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

Have you ever sat back with your eyes closed and listened to music or someone speaking? Why did you do it? Probably, to appreciate more fully and deeply what you were hearing. By shutting down one of our senses, we allow ourselves to hone in more deeply to the music or conversation. Well, you are [...]

27 10, 2017

Three Conversations

By | 2017-10-11T13:33:19+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Conflict resolution|0 Comments

As part of a book club, I just finished reading Difficult Conversations [How To Discuss What Matters Most] by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen (Second edition, Penguin Books, New York, 2010). While its advice is geared towards the layman, as an experienced neutral, I found some interesting nuggets within its chapters. By “difficult [...]