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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.
3 03, 2017

On Apologies…. Once Again!

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:34+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|News articles|0 Comments

Several times in the past, I have written on the power of an apology, including the right and wrong way to do it. When I saw an article by Jane Brody (entitled, “The Right Way to Say, ‘I’m Sorry’”) in the New York Times (January 31, 2017) discussing this topic, I could not let the [...]

24 02, 2017

Will A Case Be Codified As Law?

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:39+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Legislature|0 Comments

In the context of a marital dissolution proceeding, is there (or should there be) an exception to mediation confidentiality (California Evidence Code section 1119) for financial disclosures “prepared for the purpose of” and used “in the course of … the mediation?” (Evidence Code section 1119). The Legislature believes so; On February 1, 2017, Senator Wieckowski [...]

17 02, 2017

Alternative Facts

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:41+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Bias|0 Comments

A few weeks ago, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway used the phrase “alternative facts” during a Meet the Press interview to defend President Trump’s assertion that the attendance at his inauguration was “huge”, the “largest” ever etc. despite aerial pictures of the crowd size showing the contrary. Several months ago and well before the [...]

7 02, 2017

Just about at the end!

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:46+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Legislature|0 Comments

On February 2, 2017, the California Law Revision Commission (CLRC) held its regular meeting in which it once again discussed mediation confidentiality. While the Commissioners seemingly did not make any great strides, at the same time, they did. I make this contradictory statement because at its September 2016 meeting, the Commissioners asked Staff Counsel to [...]

27 01, 2017

Emotions Do Carryover

By | 2017-05-13T07:40:56+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Negotiation Strategy|0 Comments

I saw a blog on the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School’s web page written by its staff (January 12, 2017) entitled “How Mood Affects Negotiators”. It caught my attention because I had just witnessed this effect in two of my mediations. Recently, I held two mediations on the same day- one in [...]

20 01, 2017

WOW! What a lot of laws!

By | 2017-05-13T07:41:01+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Legislature|0 Comments

Once again, the California Legislature was hard at work in 2016 passing 893 laws, most of which went into effect on New Year’s Day, 2017. While most of them are probably relevant addressing critical issues, there are a few that provide wonderment, invoking the question, “why?” and “what is the true motivation, here?” (or in [...]

13 01, 2017

Bite Size Pieces

By | 2017-05-13T07:41:06+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Negotiation Strategy|0 Comments

First and foremost- Happy New Year! May it bring you health and happiness and quick and peaceful resolutions to all of your disputes. On my first day back in the office, I read the Kluwer Mediation blog (January 2, 2017). The author- Geoff Sharp wrote on “Chunking Up and Down- advice for those preparing for [...]