Friday, October 5, 2007

A Compliment

A lawyer represented the estate of a college student that sued an Eckard drug store from which a drug that caused the student's death had been stolen. She was asked a hypothetical at the oral argument before the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal and gave a candid answer that did not help her case. The court was impressed "lawyers who are candid with a court, and understand that concessions are necessary in order to maintain any semblance of credibility are much more effective advocates than those that are unwilling to give an inch." Of course, the key to maintaining such credibility while remaining a zealous advocate is avoiding conceding away your entire case. (Mike Frisch)

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