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.
31 05, 2019

Mediating My Own Disputes

By |2019-05-07T16:02:43-07:00May 31st, 2019|Odd stuff|0 Comments

There is  an adage that a person who is her own lawyer, has a fool for a client, meaning that representing yourself is a foolish. Why? You lose perspective,  objectivity and perhaps even credibility. Based on a recent event, it seems that this adage applies to mediators as well: one who mediates her own dispute, [...]

24 05, 2019

Overconfident: It is Always Better to Settle!

By |2019-05-07T16:01:30-07:00May 24th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

Several years ago, I read about a study which showed that lawyers tended to be overconfident in winning at trial.  The study (Insightful or Wishful: Lawyers’ Ability to Predict Case Outcomes by Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Maria Hartwig, Pär Anders Granhag and Elizabeth F. Loftus, published in 16 Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 133-157,  No. 2, (2010) [...]

17 05, 2019

The “ABC Test” is Retroactive!

By |2019-05-07T16:00:31-07:00May 17th, 2019|Court Cases|0 Comments

In 2018, the California  Supreme Court  drastically changed the employment law landscape in California by adopting the “ABC Test” for determining whether workers are employees ( and not independent contractors) under California wage order laws: Under this test, a worker is properly considered an independent contractor to whom a wage order does not apply only [...]

10 05, 2019

Parking Tickets and the Fourth Amendment!

By |2019-05-07T15:17:43-07:00May 10th, 2019|Court Cases|0 Comments

There is one thing about lawyers: they can be very creative. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion  in late April that, while having absolutely nothing to with mediation except to encourage brainstorming and “out of the box” thinking, is worth noting. So- spoiler alert- this blog has nothing to do with mediation [...]

3 05, 2019

Legislating Against an Implicit Bias

By |2019-04-30T15:58:09-07:00May 3rd, 2019|Legislature|0 Comments

In 2017, I posted a blog entitled, “A Bias I Never Thought About” which discussed an implicit bias against hair styles, most notably, Afros, Dreads, Twists, and Braids. It was based on a lecture given by Professor Wendy Green who is an expert on discrimination based on hair style. This all came back to me [...]

26 04, 2019

Should “Hostility” Be in my Toolbox?

By |2019-04-10T16:11:03-07:00April 26th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

The Cambridge online dictionary defines “mediator” as “…a  person who tries to end a disagreement by helping the two sides to talk about and agree on a solution.” Implied in this is that the mediator will be kind, helpful, friendly, respectful, and any other positive trait necessary to build trust and a relationship with the parties. The adage that “you catch more [...]

19 04, 2019

Will I Be Made Redundant?

By |2019-04-19T14:52:04-07:00April 19th, 2019|News articles|0 Comments

A great fear of mine is that with the blossoming of artificial intelligence (AI), my skills as a mediator will be replaced by a robot. This fear crept into my conscious again upon reading an article posted by Nick Hilborne on February 19, 2019 entitled , “Robot Mediator settle first ever court case.” Evidently, in [...]

16 04, 2019

Getting California Mediation Settlements Enforced Is Now Harder

By |2019-04-17T11:15:12-07:00April 16th, 2019|Actual Mediations, Arbitration, Featured Articles, Legislature, Mediation|0 Comments

Originally published in Law360, April 9, 2019 Typically, if a matter settles at mediation, the parties will enter into a settlement agreement then and there to ensure that the matter has indeed settled; there will be no buyer’s remorse or change of mind the next morning. Often included are provisions that the settlement agreement may [...]