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.
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 [...]

12 09, 2018

New Mediation Confidentiality Law

By |2018-09-12T18:14:38+00:00September 12th, 2018|Legislature|0 Comments

On September 11, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed  SB 954 which (when it takes effect on January 1, 2019) will require attorneys to inform their clients of the confidentiality restrictions related to mediation and to obtain their clients’ written acknowledgment that this disclosure has been made to them and that they understand it. While this [...]

7 09, 2018

When Interrupting is NOT interrupting!

By |2018-08-27T14:53:48+00:00September 7th, 2018|Odd stuff|1 Comment

The other weekend, my husband and I were visiting some friends (husband and wife) whom we had not seen in a while. As we were leaving, the wife and I were avidly talking with each other, seemingly interrupting each other, or at least, not letting the other finish a sentence. My husband, overhearing our “conversation”, [...]

31 08, 2018

Don’t Take It Personally!

By |2018-08-27T15:12:56+00:00August 31st, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

Senator John McCain died last Saturday- August 25, 2018. And since then, tributes and remembrances have been pouring in from all over the world. Except for one person: The President of the United States. On Saturday, in a very terse tweet, he sent his condolences and sympathies to Senator McCain’s family, not focusing on the [...]

24 08, 2018

Revenge as a Learning Experience

By |2018-08-08T11:34:40+00:00August 24th, 2018|News articles|1 Comment

No doubt, at some point in your life, you have wanted to take revenge against someone who “did you wrong”. It may have been a casual remark that did not sit well with you or an action someone took that upset you greatly or perhaps someone “threw you under the bus” to further her own [...]

17 08, 2018

What’s In a Name? Bias!

By |2018-08-06T15:42:06+00:00August 17th, 2018|News articles|1 Comment

In previous blogs, I have discussed the notion of implicit or unconscious biases which are “…social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Everyone holds unconscious beliefs about various social and identity groups, and these biases stem from one’s tendency to organize social worlds by categorizing.” (https://diversity.ucsf.edu/resources/unconscious-bias) Such [...]

10 08, 2018

Past the Time Is the Right Time!

By |2018-07-27T12:31:45+00:00August 10th, 2018|Actual Mediations|1 Comment

Many, many years ago, someone once said to me that people do not begin to negotiate until it is past the time to negotiate. How true this can be as borne out by a recent mediation. The matter involved the purchase and sale of a condo. The mediation was held before any lawsuit was filed. [...]