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.
25 11, 2016

The Slippery Slope

By | November 25th, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

At one point or another in our lives, most of us have told “little white lies” if only to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. In telling that “little white lie”, we tell ourselves it is harmless and it will lead to nothing, and definitely, will NOT lead us to tell “bigger white lies”. However, as explained [...]

18 11, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving !

By | November 18th, 2016|Odd stuff|0 Comments

Thanksgiving is in a few days, and I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Turkey Day! I also want to take a moment to thank each of you- my readers and clients- for reading my blog each week and for allowing me to help you and your own clients resolve [...]

11 11, 2016

Preparing People to Be Influenced!

By | November 11th, 2016|News articles|2 Comments

One Sunday (October 23, 2016), I was glancing through the Los Angeles Times and came upon an article by Robert Cialdini, a behavioral scientist and author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion published more than thirty years ago. He has published a new book entitled, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade. He suggests [...]

4 11, 2016

A Different Form of Implicit Bias

By | November 4th, 2016|Research|0 Comments

Once again, The Economist published an interesting study on “why posh people spend less time noticing others.” In an article entitled “Your Class determines how you look [sic] your fellow creatures” in the science and technology section of the October 11, 2016 issue, the unnamed author recounts the experiments of Dr. Pia Dietz and Dr. [...]

28 10, 2016

Different Ways of Looking at the Same Thing!

By | October 28th, 2016|Conflict resolution|0 Comments

I attended the California State Bar Conference a few weeks ago. One of the panels, entitled Ten Common Mistakes in Mediation and How to Avoid Them, was presented by several speakers including Steve Mehta and Doug Noll. Both Messrs. Mehta and Noll discussed the neuroscience/ psychology involved in what it takes to resolve conflicts. Initially, [...]

21 10, 2016

Restorative Justice Works!

By | October 21st, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

In March 2012, I posted a blog about “restorative justice” after reading a concise 65-page book entitled, “The Little Book of Restorative Justice” by Howard Zehr with Ali Gohar (Good Books 2002). In this tome, the author emphasizes that “restorative justice” is not about forgiveness or reconciliation nor is it mediation nor is it designed to [...]

14 10, 2016

Why Is It So Difficult to Think “Outside The Box”?

By | October 14th, 2016|Research|0 Comments

I stumbled across an article in LiveScience.com which referred me to the actual article on theconversation.com entitled “Freaks, geeks, norms and mores: why people use the status quo as a moral compass” by Christina Tworek, a doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The article discusses a series of studies by the author [...]

7 10, 2016

Priorities

By | October 7th, 2016|News articles|0 Comments

I read an article today in the New York Times that I cannot get out of my mind.  Entitled “A Rabbi’s Enduring Sermon on Living Your Last Five Minutes” by Samuel G. Freedman (October 1, 2016), it is about Rabbi Kenneth Berger delivering a sermon on Yom Kippur in 1986 which he entitled “ Five [...]