Maybe we should all think of Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey as a victim of the times.

After all, until the 1980s partners tended to remain at their law firms for life, so that the issue of having to drop a name partner from a firm’s official moniker rarely came up — even after the partner’s retirement or death. It’s been decades, for example, since a couple of L.A. lawyers named Dana Latham and Paul Watkins began their little firm. But no one at today’s 950-lawyer L&W would even think of tampering with the brand name.