The most sincere compliment I ever received was from opposing counsel in a medical malpractice trial. He told the jury that I was a “master of half-truth.” It is certainly better to be a master than a novice. Hence the compliment (more or less from a good divorce attorney st petersburg fl). I thought it better not to thank him then and there. Half-truth is the business that trial lawyers are in. We present what helps our case and try to exclude what does not. That is not unethical; it’s simply how the game is played. And it is a game. If we had abolished the right to jury trial in civil cases, as the British have done, even in child custody lawyer cases, the game would be played differently. But then, the plaintiffs’ lawyers could not settle cases of dubious liability as easily as they do now.