Connecting Legal Talent

“They bring a level of expertise and excellence to the recruitment process that very few firms can match.” – Morrison Foerster

Edgewater Search Group is a leading legal search boutique specializing in high level partner placements and market consultation services. Our clients include the world’s most selective law firms, specialty and regional law boutiques, and corporate in-house departments.

Engagement with a Difference


When I met Nick, I was in my 13th year at my original firm and candidly had no intentions of ever leaving. But he nevertheless took the time to understand my career objectives very well and convinced me to take a call with his client, which has since transformed my practice. I got to know Nick throughout the process – he is an exceptional advisor and a consummate professional. He never applied undue pressure and was always available to counsel me at every stage. I am extremely happy with my new firm and would recommend Edgewater without hesitation.

Bonnie Lau
Partner at Morrison Foerster, Chair of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

I have known Nick for years and there is a reason I've maintained a relationship with him throughout my career: he is unequivocally among the best advisers in the market. The combination of relationships, intelligence, and responsiveness he brings to the process is extremely rare. Beyond that, he’s a genuinely good guy who earnestly cares about his candidates and that comes through in every interaction. Nick has become more than an adviser to me - he's also a friend. When it came time to make a move, he’s the only representative I called.

Michael Seiden
Partner at Greenberg Traurig

Nick is a fantastic recruiter and I recommend him very highly based on personal experience. He has a deep understanding of the legal market, really listens to candidates’ concerns and presents thoughtful, actionable ideas. He understands the time pressures that lawyers deal with and was always available to offer focused, informed advice at the right time. You are in great hands with Nick!

Jesse Cuevas
General Counsel at Upwell Water LLC

Nick is a thoughtful and responsive professional and I give him my  unqualified recommendation. His dedication to quality service was  clear in every interaction we had, from the beginning of my search  through my starting at a new firm. Most importantly, Nick offered reliable advice honed through deep knowledge of his market.

Devin Heckman
Partner at Kirkland & Ellis

I’ve known Nick for several years, and his responsiveness and results have been fantastic. He scours the market to help with searches, and where other recruiters failed to bring or brought less than qualified candidates, he has succeeded in not only identifying, but successfully placing high quality attorneys - including under time sensitive searches - in an exceedingly competitive market for talent.He’s calm, bright, and a great listener, and his knowledge of (and not just the Bay Area or California) the applicable legal market is outstanding. As a lawyer himself, Nick understands and is able to articulate opportunities to his recruits in detail, and in turn explain to the employer why and how the candidate fits the applicable profile. There is no hesitation on my part in heartily recommending Nick as a legal recruiter – he is, quite simply, excellent at what he does.

Bill Choe
Partner at Paul Hastings

Nick is a remarkably skilled recruiter. Where other recruiters tried to throw me everything under the sun, Nick instead spent time to get to know me and understand both my practice and personal goals. He provided me with purposeful advice and was very responsive. I could not be happier with the result – I recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone looking to explore the market.

Heidy Vaquerano
Partner at Fox Rothschild

Nick is superb. He listened carefully to both the recruiting law firm and to me to ensure that it would be a good fit. No time was wasted on extraneous interviews. That was a huge benefit when interviewing on top of an already busy work schedule.

Alexandra Fellowes
Counsel at Kobre & Kim

I have had the distinct pleasure to work with Nick as both a candidate and a client. His knowledge of the market and vast network of connections are second to none and one of the several reasons I look nowhere else for my hiring needs. Most important, he always acts with integrity – it is evident in every interaction that he genuinely cares about helping the lawyers and firms he works with succeed, even when that means advising both sides to wait for a better match.

Jamal Al Haj
Partner at Maynard Cooper

Nick is very knowledgeable, practical and responsive. I needed to relocate, and Nick’s advice and help were invaluable to me in identifying the best lateral opportunity.

Xiao Liu
Partner at Quinn Emanuel

Edgewater provides comprehensive, trustworthy and reliable service when navigating the legal market. Nick, in particular, was instrumental in helping facilitate a challenging and particularly long process for me to relocate from New York to the West Coast. Throughout the process, he was a tremendous resource, providing sound advice and counseling at every turn. Most importantly, he was consistently forthcoming and transparent about potential employers, and he always elevated my interest above his own. As Nick put it, the most important thing is to a build long term relationship and do what’s best for the candidate. He continues to be a close confidant and friend. I’ve referred some of my closest colleagues who needed advice to Nick – he’s tremendous.

Ryan Ball
Associate at Jones Day

Edgewater is one of the best firms in the business. They take time to understand our culture and bring a level of expertise and excellence to the recruitment process that very few firms can match. I’ve known Nick, in particular, for several years and can say with confidence he is my most trusted advisor in the market.

Bridget Salazar
Manager at Morrison Foerster

It is a pleasure to work with Nick and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a recruiter. He is extremely responsive, reliable, and professional. In addition, he is very knowledgeable about the legal market and well connected in the legal community. Nick was very helpful during the whole transition process, and I am so grateful for his excellent advice.

Alyssa Ohanian
Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Nick was great at helping me through my job search process. He was detail oriented and worked to find positions that met my criteria. He also helped by providing guidance throughout the interview process.

Mangesh Kulkarni
Commercial Counsel at Dropbox

I have been in touch with Nick for several years as I have transitioned between both jobs and cities. Nick has given thoughtful, tailored advice as my goals have changed over time; he has been an enthusiastic and reliable advocate for as long as I have worked with him. Highly recommend Nick for market insights, strategic guidance, and stress-relieving chats!

Luke Rachlin
Counsel at Atrium

Edgewater provides world class service for our lateral needs. I’ve worked with Nick for years – there is perhaps no one I trust more in helping us locate compatible matches for our firm. He is honest, reliable, and his finger is squarely on the pulse of the lateral placement market in California. He takes the time to understand his clients’ needs and consistently presents quality talent.

Tina Russell
Senior Manager at Reed Smith

Nick was great to work with — knowledgeable about the process, industry, and firms in both Northern and Southern California. He was on top of new opportunities as they became available, set up a great slate of interviews, followed up, and was responsive throughout. 10/10 would buy again. Thanks Nick.

Marc Child
Associate at Paul Hastings

Nick Goseland was terrific to work with. I really appreciated his expertise, dedication and insightful advice as I was looking into making a lateral move. If you're looking for a recruiter who will really listen and help you find the job that's the right fit for you, I highly recommend Nick!

Caryn Horner
Associate at Sheppard Mullin

Nick helped me make a very difficult change, moving from San Francisco to London. Despite being based in SF, Nick facilitated a number of interviews for me at top firms in London and I ended up with a number of excellent options. He was always on top of things, smoothly handled every aspect of my interaction with the firms and helped keep me patient when the lateral market was slow during my search. Most importantly Nick was an extremely nice person to work with, which I think is an underrated and sometimes rare quality in this industry.

Robert Glass
Associate at Withers Tech

Working with Nick was a great experience- he was thoughtful, highly responsive, and always available. He kept me well-apprised of the situation at each stage of the recruitment process and kept me informed regarding a variety of opportunities.

Jacob Eisler
Professor at Southampton Law School, formerly at Herbert Smith

Nick is the best recruiter I've run across in my five years in the legal industry. He's a pleasure to work with, and very responsive, friendly, "chill", and effective. He very often was the first to call me with new job posts and only moved forward with opportunities I felt comfortable with. He stayed on the line when I was having difficulties with a phone interview, and even solicited feedback for me to better my interviewing skills. I would not hesitate to hire Nick again or recommend him for any recruiting needs.

Tiffany Duong
Advocate at Non-Profit

Nick really put my interests first throughout the whole process. Very professional recruiter.

Jing Wang
Legal Counsel at Junson Capital


As part of our efforts to give back, Edgewater donates 5% of all profits-after-tax to charitable organizations selected by our clients and candidates. Please feel free to inquire about the list of organizations we have supported.

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Placing People First

“It is evident in every interaction that Nick genuinely cares about helping the lawyers and firms he works with succeed, even when that means advising both sides to wait for a better match.” – Jamal Al-Haj, Partner, Maynard Cooper

At Edgewater, we prioritize confidentiality and deliver unmatched market knowledge and connections, giving our candidates total control and visibility over their career transitions.

Our Talent is Finding Yours

“There is perhaps no one I trust more in helping us locate compatible matches for our firm.” – Tina Russell, Reed Smith

Edgewater brings nearly a decade of industry experience helping law firms and companies source compatible talent for their hiring needs. We purposefully remain lean to mitigate conflicts, allowing us to provide clients with the most comprehensive search available in the marketplace.

Expertise with Integrity

“There is no hesitation on my part in heartily recommending Nick – he is, quite simply, excellent at what he does.” – Bill Choe, Partner, Paul Hastings

Nick Goseland
Founder and Managing Principal owner

Edgewater’s team of specialists is led by its founder, Nick Goseland, one of the top legal search experts in the nation. His deep understanding of the national market, along with his considerable connections with both firms and companies throughout the US, has led him to be recognized by numerous prominent institutions and legal publications, including Harvard Law School, Bloomberg Law, Above the Law and Law360.

Before starting Edgewater, Nick was a Principal and Executive Committee member with an international recruiting firm, where he led the company in attorney placements and helped oversee client services. Nick practiced law for two years with a top Chambers-ranked litigation boutique and previously spent several years as a corporate trainer in Shanghai. Nick earned his J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of San Diego School of Law, and his B.A. from the University of Colorado. He speaks and reads Mandarin.

Eric Rabichow oversees Edgewater operations and specializes in high-level in-house and strategic private practice placements. He is the former COO of a private equity backed consumer goods company where he helped to drive unprecedented growth, leading to its sale in 2016. Leveraging his first-hand experience hiring top talent, Eric forged a niche in Recruiting as a CPG hiring specialist before joining Edgewater.

Eric earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, holds a certificate in Executive Coaching, and is fluent in Spanish. He is a member of the COO Forum, a professional association for COO’s and second-in-command executives.

Eric Rabichow
Director owner