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 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.
26 01, 2018

Avoiding Reciprocity

By | 2018-01-24T15:58:38+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Research|0 Comments

In December 2001, my husband and I acquired Argus- an English Springer Spaniel that we rescued from a shelter. As we both work, I immediately went about finding a dog walker and did so within a day. I will call the dog walker- Jane.  Up until last June, Jane has walked and dog sat not [...]

19 01, 2018

An “Unreliability” Admonition?

By | 2018-01-09T12:50:25+00:00 January 19th, 2018|News articles|0 Comments

An article last month in the New York Times got me thinking that perhaps in my mediations, I should warn people that their memories and perceptions may be unreliable, especially where the situation involves parties of different ethnicities. In To Curb Bad Verdicts, Court Adds Lesson on Racial Bias for Juries, Ashley Southall (December 15, [...]

10 01, 2018

Study K-402; Almost to the Legislature!

By | 2018-01-09T12:58:28+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Legislature|0 Comments

On January 5, 2018, The California Law   Revision Commission (CLRC) published it Pre-Print Recommendation on its Study K-402- Relationship Between Mediation Confidentiality and Attorney Malpractice and Other Misconduct. The Note at the bottom of the page cautions that that the CLRC has approved the substance of the report; minor editorial changes may be made before [...]

5 01, 2018

Registration Renewal Fees Denied Under  the Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act

By | 2018-01-04T12:00:13+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Court Cases|0 Comments

As I have mentioned quite a few times in my blogs, I mediate a lot of lemon law cases or cases filed under California’s Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (Civ. Code section 1790 et seq. (“Act”). In many of my mediations, once the defendant vehicle manufacturer agrees to repurchase the vehicle, the plaintiff demands that all [...]

22 12, 2017

A Bias I Never Thought About!

By | 2017-12-07T16:26:51+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Research|0 Comments

Time tends to pass, and we do not even realize it.  In October, I received an invitation to attend my 40th law school reunion and did a double take; had it been THAT long? WOW! I decided to attend. During the weekend of festivities, Tulane put on two continuing legal education seminars since all of [...]

15 12, 2017

You Must Actually Ask For it!

By | 2017-12-07T16:28:57+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Court Cases|0 Comments

Many mediations end in settlement at which point the parties draft a settlement agreement. California law provides a summary procedure by which the parties can enforce the settlement agreement if the spirit of compromise does not continue after the mediation. Code of Civil Procedure Section 664.6 provides: 664.6.   If parties to pending litigation stipulate, in [...]

8 12, 2017

On to The Legislature!!

By | 2017-12-07T16:21:22+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Legislature|0 Comments

In a hearing on December 1, 2017 lasting one hour beyond the scheduled end time, the California Law Revision Commission (“CLRC”) gave its final approval to the Tentative Recommendation issued in June 2017 to create certain exceptions to mediation confidentiality.  Its final approval is subject to the chair and /or vice chair approving further language [...]

1 12, 2017

Anger Has Its Benefits !!

By | 2017-11-20T13:24:26+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Negotiation Strategy|0 Comments

In October 2015, I posted a blog about a then recent New York Times article on the benefits of anger in negotiations. In “The Rationality of Rage”, Matthew Hudson reviewed then recent studies indicating that in a balanced negotiation, anger tends to provide some leverage; it helped the angry negotiator gain better results in certain [...]