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.
23 06, 2017

How To Cure Cognitive Dissonance? Apologize!

By | 2017-06-01T12:32:08+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Research|0 Comments

In its Smarter Living section on May 22, 2017, the New York Times published an article by Kristin Wong on cognitive dissonance entitled “Why It’s So Hard to Admit You’re Wrong.”. The article actually explains the confirmation bias that we all have, but I am getting ahead of myself. First, what is “cognitive dissonance? As [...]

16 06, 2017

Aren’t My Notes Confidential?

By | 2017-05-30T15:36:39+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Court Cases, Uncategorized|0 Comments

I stumbled across an article about a case filed in court, Jane Doe v Proskauer Rose LLP., U.S. District Court (D. C.), case No. 1:17-cv-00910-ABJ, that absolutely intrigues me as a mediator. Using the pseudonym Jane Doe, a female partner in the law firm's District of Columbia office sued the firm for gender discrimination, claiming, [...]

9 06, 2017

A Prisoner’s Dilemma- Part 2

By | 2017-06-01T12:31:29+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about a subrogation matter which I mediated. The facts were not complicated: A homeowner parked her vehicle in her garage in her home and the next thing she knew, the garage caught fire and there was extensive smoke damage throughout the house. After paying out on the [...]

2 06, 2017

The CLRC’s Almost Final Tentative Recommenation on Mediation Confidentiality

By | 2017-06-01T13:00:42+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Legislature|0 Comments

  On May 30, 2017, Chief Deputy Counsel Barbara Gaal, Esq. posted Memorandum 2017-30 containing most probably the final draft of the Tentative Recommendation of the CLRC on its study to create an exception to mediation confidentiality (Study K-402). While one or two issues remain for discussion at its June 8, 2017 meeting, the Commissioners [...]

26 05, 2017

A Bully in Real Life

By | 2017-05-10T14:53:35+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Odd stuff|0 Comments

Life’s lessons come when you least expect them, and my mediation training comes in handy at such unexpected times. Recently, my husband and I adopted another English springer spaniel- Buddy. He is about 6 years old, and my husband and I are still getting to know Buddy and his temperament. Last weekend, I was walking Cookie [...]

19 05, 2017

A Real Case of Prisoner’s Dilemma

By | 2017-05-13T07:39:55+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Actual Mediations|0 Comments

One of the first things I Iearned about in game theory was the prisoner’s dilemma. As explained in Wikipedia, this theory was developed in 1950 by Merrill Flood and Melvin Dresher while working at the RAND corporation. It explains why two rational beings may not cooperate even though it is in their best interests to [...]

12 05, 2017

What is your Goal?

By | 2017-05-13T07:39:55+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Conflict resolution|0 Comments

I just obtained a teaching position as a Lecturer of Law (aka adjunct professor) at University of Southern California Gould School of Law teaching the mediation ethics portion of an ADR Ethics class. One of the issues we will be discussing is the conflicting goals of the participants (that is, the parties, their attorneys, and [...]

5 05, 2017

Jack and Jill Go Up a Hill… And Argued No More (Part 2!)

By | 2017-05-13T07:39:56+00:00 May 5th, 2017|Conflict resolution|0 Comments

Several weeks ago, I posted a blog discussing two “lures of the Tribal Mind” set out by Daniel Shapiro in his recent book “Negotiating the Nonnegotiable.” (Viking 2016).  Those lures- Vertigo and Repetition Compulsion- struck me as the most common and ones to which we all can easily relate. However, there are others- Taboos (Id. [...]