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 1300 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.
26 05, 2017

A Bully in Real Life

By | 2017-05-10T14:53:35+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Odd stuff|0 Comments

Life’s lessons come when you least expect them, and my mediation training comes in handy at such unexpected times. Recently, my husband and I adopted another English springer spaniel- Buddy. He is about 6 years old, and my husband and I are still getting to know Buddy and his temperament. Last weekend, I was walking Cookie [...]

19 05, 2017

A Real Case of Prisoner’s Dilemma

By | 2017-05-13T07:39:55+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

One of the first things I Iearned about in game theory was the prisoner’s dilemma. As explained in Wikipedia, this theory was developed in 1950 by Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher while working at the RAND corporation. It explains why two rational beings may not cooperate even though it is in their best interests to [...]

12 05, 2017

What is your Goal?

By | 2017-05-13T07:39:55+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Conflict resolution|0 Comments

I just obtained a teaching position as a Lecturer of Law (aka adjunct professor) at University of Southern California Gould School of Law teaching the mediation ethics portion of an ADR Ethics class. One of the issues we will be discussing is the conflicting goals of the participants (that is, the parties, their attorneys, and [...]

5 05, 2017

Jack and Jill Go Up a Hill… And Argued No More (Part 2!)

By | 2017-05-13T07:39:56+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Conflict resolution|0 Comments

Several weeks ago, I posted a blog discussing two “lures of the Tribal Mind” set out by Daniel Shapiro in his recent book “Negotiating the Nonnegotiable.” (Viking 2016).  Those lures- Vertigo and Repetition Compulsion- struck me as the most common and ones to which we all can easily relate. However, there are others- Taboos (Id. [...]

28 04, 2017

You Decide!

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:01+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

While everyone agrees that it is always best to have the actual parties and counsel physically present at a mediation, this is not always possible. Often, the plaintiff may appear by telephone and at times, I may not even be able to speak to the plaintiff but only to her counsel sitting in my conference [...]

20 04, 2017

The CLRC Inches Towards the Finish Line

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:06+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Legislature|0 Comments

On April 13, 2017, the California Law Revision Commission (CLRC) met once again to discuss mediation confidentiality as well as other topics. In preparation for this meeting, Barbara Gaal, Chief Deputy Counsel posted Memorandum 2017-19 which contains the almost final version of the Tentative Recommendation that will probably be posted for public comment after the [...]

14 04, 2017

Some More Truths About Alternative Facts

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:09+00:00 April 14th, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

If you have not yet figured it out, this notion of “alternative facts” intrigues me. (This is my third blog about it!) I think it is because as a mediator, I witness “alternative facts” quite frequently. No party is “lying” to me; in telling her story to me, she is simply telling me the “facts” as [...]

7 04, 2017

Looking for Happiness!

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:11+00:00 April 7th, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

Well… we missed it again! International Day of Happiness was March 20, 2017, according to the United Nations High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being. But, perhaps, missing it was not such a bad thing. According to the report, Norway ranks first followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. The United States ranks 19th in contrast [...]