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A hero to associates everywhere, a savior from student loan default and amaster poker player, Bob Gunderson has managed to become possibly the mostpopular — and the most hated — attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area.Not only has the upstart chairman of Menlo Park, Calif.’s Gunderson DettmerStough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian sent shock waves through theCalifornia legal community — forcing firms to grudgingly match hisheretofore unheard — of $145,000 first-year salary, but Gunderson and hispartners in crime have also lit a fire under the swivel chairs of L.A.associates who are pacing like expectant fathers for the first sign ofraises. “They have one month,” writes an associate on the L.A. GreedyAssociates bulletin board. “No match [equals] gone.”

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