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ATL March Madness: The Law Firm With the Brightest Future — Round Three

Well, the tournament has been a “shocker,” right? I know folks from Wichita State and they are psyched to flash inappropriate gestures on national TV for another round.

Sadly, Oregon got bounced out of the Sweet Sixteen, which made me a little sad, though not as sad as my whole bracket getting bounced when Indiana lost by double digits. I’d finally put my faith in the Big Ten and they repaid me with that?!?

In any event, the ATL bracket finally got some action too, with a couple of upsets. Including my beloved Cleary…

Here’s our updated bracket:

So the favorites on the right side of the bracket held serve, but the left side got some madness. Two-seeded Cleary falls to Simpson in a minor upset that makes me pour a little out for my old firm, but the dethroning of the Howrey region’s top-seeded Cahill is the big story. Gibson Dunn rolls into the Elite Eight, where it will face off against two-seeded Cravath.

In the Dewey region, we see a clash of transactional titans: Wachtell Lipton versus Simpson Thacher. In the Brobeck region, two litigation heavyweights duke it out: Quinn Emanuel versus Kirkland.

Just like with the real tournament, the schedule now gets tighter. Voting closes for this round on SUNDAY, APRIL 7, at 11:59 PM (Eastern).

UPDATE (3:25 p.m.): An earlier version of this post had an incorrect match-up in the Heller region. We have fixed the error and restarted the poll, which pits Sullivan & Cromwell against Paul Weiss (not Weil Gotshal, which S&C previously eliminated). We apologize for the error.


Which firm has the brightest future?

  • Wachtell (73%, 1,458 Votes)
  • Simpson (27%, 544 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,002

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Which firm has the brightest future?

  • Gibson (56%, 1,416 Votes)
  • Cravath (44%, 1,130 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,545

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Which firm has the brightest future?

  • Kirkland (50%, 1,096 Votes)
  • Quinn Emanuel (50%, 1,087 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,183

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Which firm has the brightest future?

  • Paul Weiss (54%, 1,182 Votes)
  • Sullivan & Cromwell (46%, 988 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,170

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

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