It takes a certain “My Cousin Vinny”-style boldness for a team of highfalutin lawyers from Chicago to try a case in South Carolina state court—and convince 12 Florence County jurors to side with oil and gas giant BP and against their own local government.

But that’s exactly what Kirkland & Ellis partners David Zott, Martin Roth and Dan Siegfried did last week (with a little help from local counsel Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough).

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