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.
2 11, 2018

How Do You Negotiate?

By |2018-10-24T16:03:10+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Negotiation Strategy|0 Comments

The art of negotiation seems to be very much in the news today, with issues involving trade, tariffs, immigration, arms sales, nuclear arms, et cetera. In preparing to teach a class on negotiation ethics as part of my Mediation Ethics course at USC Gould School of Law, it dawned on me that the leaders of [...]

26 10, 2018

Informed Consent in Mediations Taking Place in California

By |2018-10-27T09:33:23+00:00October 26th, 2018|Actual Mediations, Arbitration, Featured Articles, Legislature, Mediation|0 Comments

Informed Consent in Mediations Taking Place in California Originally published in the Daily Journal, September 28, 2018. Download the PDF Version of the Article Here Sometimes parties attend mediation without the proper preparation. If the matter is in litigation, their attorney may not have met with them beforehand to explain the process of mediation [...]

26 10, 2018

A Wise Use of Mediation

By |2018-10-26T11:51:14+00:00October 26th, 2018|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

One well known mantra of mediators is that it is always better to mediate prior to filing a lawsuit  than to incur the time and expense lawsuits entail. Most lawyers will tell you that litigation is the most expensive and least efficient way of resolving a matter; yet, they will typically file a lawsuit and [...]

19 10, 2018

Ethical Fading

By |2018-10-09T15:01:51+00:00October 19th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

I came across an article on negotiation ethics that intrigued me because I am co-teaching ADR Ethics at USC Gould School of Law this semester.   Typically, before I discuss the topic of mediation ethics with my students, I delve into the topic of “negotiation ethics” in general. The article, entitled “Negotiation Research Examines Ethics in [...]

12 10, 2018

Another Attempt to Create an Exception to Mediation Confidentiality.

By |2018-10-01T12:09:54+00:00October 12th, 2018|Legislature|0 Comments

Several weeks ago, I posted a blog about the enactment of Senate Bill 954 as Evidence Code section 1129. This new law effective January 1, 2019 requires counsel to obtain a written acknowledgement from their clients as soon as is reasonably possible after agreeing to mediation or to a mediation consultation that they understand the [...]

5 10, 2018

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen!

By |2018-09-24T11:04:25+00:00October 5th, 2018|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

I just finished conducting a mediation (lemon law) which did not settle. And I think the prime reason was that there were too many different attorneys handling the matter. Although in the same firm, they apparently were not communicating with each other or the representative of the client handling the mediation. Plaintiff purchased a vehicle [...]

28 09, 2018

Mediate Early!

By |2018-09-12T12:32:13+00:00September 28th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

I stumbled upon an article in mediate.com discussing an empirical study conducted in the Singapore Courts about their use of mediation. The actual article, (How Should the Courts Know Whether a Dispute is Ready and Suitable for Mediation? An Empirical Analysis of the Singapore Courts’ Referral of Civil Disputes to Mediation.) appearing in the Spring [...]

21 09, 2018

Generating Multiple Options!

By |2018-09-12T12:32:42+00:00September 21st, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

Attending a mediation requires making difficult decisions. It also requires weighing options. Do we settle? Not settle? Under what conditions? Should we hold out for more favorable terms? Or settle now? And so on. Well… The New York Times published an article in its Sunday Review Section on September 1, 2018 that may help answer [...]