We will have a new winner in this year’s Coolest Law Firm contest. When Above the Law first ran this bracket back in 2008, you picked Latham & Watkins as the victor. This time around, they got… Lathamed, in the first round. Cravath crushed Latham by a 60% – 40% margin. That was the second-highest margin of victory among all of the first-round match-ups.

So, for those playing along at home, paying a spring bonus is “more cool” than not paying a spring bonus.

As we move into the Elite Eight, some of our readers are asking us to give a more clear definition of what is “cool.” We respectfully decline to do so. It’s up to you to tell us what makes a top law firm cool. Is it job security, making maximum bank, prestige points? It’s really up to you. Personally I think the coolest law firm would be the one most likely to represent bad-ass clients on the correct side of moral issues, but… eeek, that’s not really what Biglaw is all about.

So bring your own prejudices to the table when you vote in the next round of the Coolest Law Firm Tournament. Use whatever reasoning makes sense to you. Just don’t go with chalk because you can’t be bothered to actually form an opinion — don’t be boring, son….

Here is how the bracket now looks:

Law firms will advance to the next round based on the results of the reader polls below. Voting closes at 11:59 PM (Eastern time) on Tuesday, March 29. Vote early, and tell your friends.

Earlier: ATL March Madness: The Coolest Law Firm!

Which firm is cooler?

  • Wachtell (57%, 889 Votes)
  • Williams & Connolly (43%, 662 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,551

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Which firm is cooler?

  • Davis Polk (53%, 837 Votes)
  • Skadden (47%, 729 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,566

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Which firm is cooler?

  • Sullivan & Cromwell (56%, 880 Votes)
  • Kirkland (44%, 704 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,584

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Which firm is cooler?

  • Cravath (54%, 848 Votes)
  • Covington (46%, 719 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,567

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