Top VC lawyer leaves WilmerHale

May 21, 2012, 7:22 PM UTC

FORTUNE — Thomas Beaudoin has stepped down as head of the fund formation practice at law firm WilmerHale, Fortune has learned. He had been with the firm for more than seven years, representing such clients as Khosla Ventures, Canaan Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners and Emergence Capital.

Beaudoin is expected to bring his relationships over to Goodwin Procter, where he serve as a partner in a fund formation group led by David Watson. In a brief phone interview, Beaudoin said that the move was prompted by his desire to be part of a larger platform.

“Goodwin Procter has a much larger client base and more experienced professionals for me and my clients to leverage,” Beaudoin explains. “Plus, they have a lot of focus on West Coast venture funds, which fits well into my practice, which is mostly venture and lower mid-market buyout funds.”

Beaudoin also will be reteaming with several former colleagues at Testa Hurwitz, the trailblazing corporate law firm that collapsed in 2004.

Sarah Rothermel will assume control of the WilmerHale practice. Her clients include Greylock, Highland Capital Partners and Matrix Partners.

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