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It keeps coming back, and it’s stung both Gunderson Dettmer and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati — the itch to take a job with a client. Gunderson Dettmer partner Carla Newell is packing it in, after four years, and moving to Palo Alto, Calif. venture capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures. Starting in February as a partner, she will be working with fledgling enterprises much the same way she does currently. “We’ve become much more business counselors than legal counselors,” Newall said of lawyers in the Silicon Valley. Winding down his venture capital fund formation and deal-structuring practice at Wilson Sonsini is partner Jonathan Axelrad. Axelrad departs in February and is taking up with longtime client Idealab, the venerable technology company incubator that has fostered the likes of CitySearch and eToys. “Idealab gave me an opportunity which I couldn’t replicate from inside a law firm,” said Axelrad, who’s wrapping 10 years with Wilson Sonsini.

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