It’s been 20 years since then-associates Henry Farber, Ronald DiNicola, Danna Cook and Mitchell Gaswirth landed on the cover of a special report on associate life published by The American Lawyer. Their firm, Los Angeles’ Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, had just won the top spot in what became the first of The American Lawyer‘s regular reports on midlevel satisfaction. (The American Lawyer published its first survey in 1982 and made it a regular feature four years later.)

Today, none of the four lawyers practices at Mitchell Silberberg, and the firm itself has not participated in the associates survey for several years. (According to managing partner Thomas Lambert, the firm’s lack of participation has been due to an oversight.) But all four attorneys still say that Mitchell Silberberg’s 1986 ranking was well-deserved, and they point to their own careers as proof.

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