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

General Counsel at AHV Communities

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

We asked around before selecting a search firm and I have to say, we could not be more thrilled by the quality of the representation. As a growing firm with a unique value proposition, we felt it was important to partner with a search firm that sincerely cares about making meaningful matches for their clients and candidates. Throughout our working relationship, I have been thoroughly impressed with their expertise, integrity, and professionalism.

Hash Zahed

Co-Founder at SPZ Legal

Eric helped me make the perfect transition! I truly appreciated Eric’s guidance throughout the entire process. Eric challenged me to reflect on what I want out of my career and get placed with a firm that checks all the boxes! Eric is thoughtful, prompt, thorough, and genuine!

Becky Stifter

Startup Counsel at SPZ Legal

Eric provided me with empathy and realistic advice as I weighed options and navigated a worthwhile transition.

Suzanne Span

Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

It was a pleasure working with Eric and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a skilled and compassionate recruiter. His knowledge and connections in the legal market were invaluable to me as I made a strategic career transition during a difficult market. Eric’s diligence and willingness to go the extra mile, at every step, made all the difference and I’m excited to start this next chapter!

Kristen Arabaci
Associate at Dentons

I would recommend Aayush to anyone looking for a recruiter for placement. He truly goes above and beyond what other recruiters usually do. He didn’t just try to place me as quickly as possible but really went to great lengths to understand me on both a personal and professional level to help place me in a situation that would be most ideal for me. He offered sage advice during the entire process (including contemplating whether to stay put) at all hours and for any length of time. And even when we were not in communication, he was working behind the scenes for my benefit in communicating with multiple contacts to ensure the right result for me. I’ve had experience with many recruiters in the past but as long as Aayush is in the business, he’ll be my last one.

Eric Lee
Partner at Loeb & Loeb

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's responsiveness, market knowledge, and commitment to his candidates is unmatched. We stayed in touch for several years before I ultimately moved and he was always generous with his time and advice, and particularly mindful of considerations relevant to moving as a diverse candidate. He provided me with sage counsel at every turn, you would be hard-pressed to find a better representative in the market.

Jonathan Tong

Associate at Ropes & Gray

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

Nick is truly a rarity among legal recruiters. From the moment we began working together, it was clear he actually cares about his candidates. At every step of the process, he provided honest and detailed guidance to help me navigate a move to the West Coast, even when that meant advising me to wait for an opportunity that better aligned with my values and goals. He is always responsive and applies zero pressure, which is especially hard to find these days. Above all else, he’s a genuinely good person. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone interested in understanding their options in the market.

Drew Nichols

Associate at Gibson Dunn

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

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

Senior Counsel at Dropbox

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

I've only moved once in my career and I can say without hesitation I chose the right representative. Nick is honest, dedicated, and very well connected. He was incredibly upfront and had great intuition about what opportunities seemed to be a good fit (or not), and he guided me into an opportunity that has been an exceptional fit both for my professional and personal goals. I'm very grateful that we had a chance to work together!

Gea Kang

Associate at SPZ Legal

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

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 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

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
Counsel at Orrick

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
Senior Counsel at Lime

I worked with Aayush to secure my position at my current law firm. From my experience, one of Aayush's key strengths is his strong relationships with internal recruiters at AmLaw 100 law firms. This is a huge advantage, because unlike many recruiters, he's will not blindly send your application out just because he sees a job posting. He has the ability to call up the internal recruiter and gain real insight into the candidate that the firm is looking for, so when he does send your application, it is tailored and suited to the right position, thereby increasing the odds of landing an interview.
In short, Aayush was an excellent find, and he is really skilled at his job. If you are looking to switch jobs, Aayush is a fantastic resource.

Barzin Pazandam

Associate at Goodwin

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

Aayush is an incredible recruiter, and I could not recommend him highly enough. He is dedicated, knowledgeable, and insightful. He helped me identify what I wanted and didn’t want in my future job, and then assisted me in finding my ideal firm. Aayush provided invaluable guidance and advice, drawing from his years of experience. Thanks Aayush!

David Hankin

Associate at Stradling Yocca

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

Jing Wang

Legal Counsel at Sequoia China Equity Partners

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

Aayush is a highly skilled and resourceful recruiter, with a breadth of knowledge of the legal market both in California and nationally. He approached my search with the perfect balance of market expertise, professionalism and personal attention. He was well-prepared, thorough and knowledgeable from day one. Above all, Aayush makes clear that his primary drive is to place clients in a position where they will succeed and be happy. We spent a substantial amount of time discussing my goals, concerns and preferences. I will undoubtedly use his services for my next career move, and recommend him to anyone looking for a new position.

Zuzanna Knypinski
Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells

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