Last week my NCAA bracket soared to the lead in our office bracket pool. And then crashed to reality when my New Mexico Final Four pick got cut down by Harvard. It was a bitter pill to swallow when I have to talk to Harvard grads daily.

At least the Ducks are still in the tournament.

Meanwhile, the ATL March Madness bracket rolls into the Sweet Sixteen. At least so far, you all love the chalk….

Here’s our updated bracket:

Every single favorite prevailed. Indeed, every favorite rolled their opponent by 60% or more except for one-seeded Cahill Gordon, which eked out a win over Akin Gump. Apparently everyone felt the most recent bottom line defined these firms for the foreseeable future.

The Brobeck bracket features a matchup of contrasting firms. Quinn Emanuel is less than 25 years old. At a spry 221, Cadwalader is just shy of two hundred years older. The newcomer is on top these days, but do readers think it has the chops to stay on top for years to come? And recent history has favored Boies Schiller, but can it thrive once when its high-profile founder eventually walks away?

It’s your turn to break down the match-ups and get voting. Voting closes next TUESDAY, APRIL 2, at 11:59 PM (Eastern).

DEWEY REGION

Which firm has the brightest future?

  • Wachtell (71%, 1,436 Votes)
  • Davis Polk (29%, 579 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,015

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Which firm has the brightest future?

  • Simpson Thacher (53%, 1,038 Votes)
  • Cleary Gottlieb (47%, 938 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,976

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HOWREY REGION

Which firm has the brightest future?

  • Cravath (56%, 1,163 Votes)
  • Skadden (44%, 904 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,067

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Which firm has the brightest future?

  • Gibson Dunn (73%, 1,452 Votes)
  • Cahill (27%, 534 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,986

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BROBECK REGION

Which firm has the brightest future?

  • Quinn Emanuel (80%, 1,592 Votes)
  • Cadwalader (20%, 406 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,998

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Which firm has the brightest future?

  • Kirkland (81%, 1,612 Votes)
  • Milbank (19%, 385 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,997

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HELLER REGION

Which firm has the brightest future?

  • Paul, Weiss (52%, 1,093 Votes)
  • Boies Schiller (48%, 1,002 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,095

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Which firm has the brightest future?

  • Sullivan & Cromwell (72%, 1,422 Votes)
  • Weil, Gotshal (28%, 559 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,981

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For those interested in the final results from the first round, they appear on the next page.


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