Phyllis Pollack

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Phyllis Pollack

About Phyllis Pollack

Phyllis G. Pollack, Esq. the principal of PGP Mediation (, 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.
20 04, 2018

Over Confidence Can Kill!

By | 2018-04-05T12:45:34+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Bias|0 Comments

My husband is known as an “aggressive driver” who, being impatient, takes unnecessary risks in his driving. When I mention these attributes to him, he retorts that he has yet to have an accident after all of these decades. In sum, like many of us, he is over confident in his driving skills based on [...]

13 04, 2018

What is “Good Faith”?

By | 2018-03-23T15:49:44+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Mediations|0 Comments

Recently, I conducted a mediation in which defense counsel was very candid with me by advising that she was there only because the court ordered the mediation and  her client would just assume take the matter to trial.  In this connection, she further advised that  her  client has been taking a very aggressive approach to [...]

6 04, 2018

Different Ways of Seeing The Same Thing!

By | 2018-03-23T15:18:45+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

What do you see? In a March 13, 2018 post, contributor Jasmin Malik Chua published an article on the value of optical illusions. Entitled “What This Optical Illusion Reveals About the Human Brain”, Ms. Chua replicates a 19th century optical illusion which can be either a rabbit or a duck, but not both at [...]

30 03, 2018

Beware of Tweets

By | 2018-03-16T16:13:35+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

Once again, I return to the subject of “fake news”; this time because of a recent study just published in Science on March 8, 2108.  The study- conducted by 3 MIT scholars- Soroush Vosough, Deb Roy and Sinan Aral – found that “… false news spreads more rapidly on the social network Twitter than real [...]

23 03, 2018

Happiness Up To A Point!

By | 2018-03-09T13:18:54+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Research|0 Comments

Lawsuits are often about money. And the plaintiff often thinks that if she wins and gets all this money- she will be quite happy. And conversely, a defendant thinks that if she wins, she will save a whole lot of money which will make her happy! Well… as one might suspect, these aspirations are not [...]

16 03, 2018

Settlement Ethics 101

By | 2018-03-09T13:17:41+00:00 March 16th, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

As of last fall 2017, I am a Lecturer in Law at the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law teaching ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Ethics. I teach mediation ethics while my co-teacher covers arbitration ethics. With this perspective in mind, the recently filed lawsuit by Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump intrigued me [...]

9 03, 2018

The Medium Makes the Difference !

By | 2018-02-26T11:18:15+00:00 March 9th, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

Recently I came upon an older article written by Tammy Lenski entitled, “Face to Face negotiation better than e-mail.” (“Lenski”) While the article was originally published in December 2003, its points are probably truer today than fifteen years ago. The last decade and a half has seen an explosion in communication by every means imaginable [...]

2 03, 2018

DOA: Exception to Mediation Confidentiality

By | 2018-02-26T11:55:15+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Legislature|0 Comments

In the spring of 2013, the California Law Revision Commission began its study K-402- on creating an exception  to mediation confidentiality for attorney malpractice and other attorney misconduct. In June 2017, it issued its Tentative Recommendation which I have extensively discussed in previous blogs. Although, the opposition  to the Tentative Recommendation was overwhelming , the [...]