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.
Corporate Partner at Loeb & Loeb
Tad is exceptional at what he does. As an associate looking to lateral and retool my practice, Tad was instrumental in helping my dreams become a reality. From day one, I knew Tad had my best interest at heart. He is an extremely good listener who provides honest, thorough, and helpful feedback. He was eager to be helpful and went above and beyond to make sure I felt ready for every stage of the recruiting process.
On top of all of the ways in which Tad is an all-star recruiter, he is also truly a good person. He is funny, genuine, and down to earth; he’s the kind of person everyone wants to be friends with, which makes him the ideal person to have in your corner. I am so grateful to have worked with Tad, and I have and will continue to recommend him to anyone looking for a new job.
Tech/IP Transactions Associate at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Aayush assisted me during two law firm moves and also advised me while moving in-house. He is thoughtful, conscientious, and will take the time to understand your goals and find the right fit. You couldn't pay me to work with another recruiter.
General Counsel & Chief of Staff at Time by Ping
Long before I met Karen, I was a huge fan. I followed her on Twitter and listened to her charming and insightful podcast regularly. So, when I heard she was joining Whistler Partners, it felt like fate.
Before reaching out to her, I had already spent several months (unsuccessfully) submitting applications through other recruiters and on my own and was starting to lose hope. However, I knew if anyone could help me, it was Karen Vladeck.
Not only did I tell her that I wanted to lateral to a different city as a very junior associate, but I also wanted to transition to a new practice group. Karen didn’t blink; she listened and immediately got to work tailoring a list of firms that fit my needs and preparing me for interviews.
Within weeks, I received and accepted an offer for my dream job as a corporate associate in Austin. Before starting this process, I didn’t know all of the benefits of working with a good recruiter like Karen, but her deep insider knowledge and powerful advocacy set me up for success.
She is responsive, kind, and wildly effective at her job. You will not find a better recruiter/therapist/friend than Karen Vladeck.
Corporate Associate at Haynes and Boone
If you’re thinking about calling Karen, just stop reading this and go call Karen. It will be the best thing you’ve done for yourself and your career in a long time. I know it was for me.
Here’s what you can expect once you’ve got Karen on your team: expert insider advice on the legal market – including not only the best options for you now, but the best options to position you for your next chapter; invaluable assistance with your resume and application materials; a cheerleader who will talk you up to all the right folks; a mentor who will prep you for interviews, debrief them afterwards, and provide solid advice all along the way; a national network of recruiters who will pitch in with advice on specific markets as needed; and – most importantly – a friend you can trust to help guide you during one of the most important decisions of your career.
Karen helped me land the exact position in the exact practice area in the exact location I wanted. I cannot imagine making a legal career move without Karen, and I hope I never have to.
Entertainment Associate at O'Melveny
I was impressed by Julieta from my first review of her profile on Linkedin and on the Whistler website as an expert in Bay Area recruiting. I saw that she recognized successful recruiting as akin to being a good "matchmaker" and ensuring the right people end up at the right place. As her profile really resonated with me, I reached out to her and the rest was history!
She was very responsive and set up a call with me right away to learn more about me as a candidate, the work I had done and what I was looking for in a future role. She streamlined and tailored the entire application and interview process to best suit my unique needs and goals, provided me with insight into potential interviewers and how to best market myself, as well as what to look for in a firm written offer and of course, made herself available for my many questions while remaining empathetic and supportive.
As a Canadian educated and trained lawyer lateraling to the Bay Area - she made the entire recruiting process painless and when I told her my goal was to move asap with a great position in hand - she made it happen and for that I am very grateful. Moreover, her help did not stop when I received and signed my offer with Latham & Watkins - she continued to guide me in relation to ending my term with my previous firm, beginning bar prep, and the administrative fyis of being a foreign trained lawyer moving to California. In short, Julieta went above and beyond in all respects and I would recommend her to others in a heartbeat.
Executive Compensation Associate at Latham & Watkins
Francis helped me secure a position at the perfect firm for me. His high energy level and unique insights into how specific practice groups operate made each conversation fruitful. Switching firms can be stressful and may feel like a full-time job in itself, but working with Francis made the process much easier to navigate.
Tech Transactions Associate at Davis Wright Tremaine
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.
Antitrust Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells
Josh leveled with me from the start. He never tried to sell me on a position, but rather took the time to talk through options and took a vested interest in my career. I was more than just a commission.
Whether you're trying to break in or move up in the ultra competitive tech or entertainment fields, Whistler can actually get you there. Whistler's industry focused networks and resources allow them to deliver where the other guys can't.
I recommend Josh to everyone because he delivered. He listened to where I wanted my career to go and then paved the road to get there.
Legal Counsel at The Kraft Group; New England Patriots; New England Revolution
I can recommend Julieta without reservation. Throughout my job search, she was extremely responsive and gave my (many) questions a great deal of thought. She also has excellent market knowledge and connections in the Bay Area. Her Bay Area expertise is especially valuable as I went to school on the East Coast and was less familiar with the West Coast EC/VC firms. Lastly, I thought of Julieta as a strategic partner, rather than someone trying to sell me on any particular outcome or firm, which earned my trust and respect.
Corporate and Securities (Startups) Associate at Gunderson Dettmer
I recently wrapped up a job search process with Julieta, and am utterly and completely impressed with Julieta. She made my job search and interview process, which is normally frustrating and daunting, so streamlined and manageable, to the point it was downright enjoyable.
Not only is Julieta a consummate professional with a deep and fulsome understanding of the market (including its dynamics and its players), but she is also unfailingly kind and empathetic. She took the time to truly get to know me and to help me figure out what I actually wanted for the next phase of my career. From day one, Julieta completely dedicated herself and her valuable time to get me to that next phase, from answering my many and varied questions, to allaying any of my concerns and doubts, to providing me with key insights into firms and its personnel, to helping me process all the information I was receiving from firms.
Julieta went above and beyond in all respects, ensuring that I was prepared for my interviews and that I was thinking pragmatically and strategically throughout the entire process.
Private Equity M&A Associate at Latham & Watkins
Working with Wolf was one of the better professional experiences I've had. He took the time to actually understand what I was looking for in my next job and how it aligned with my overall career goals. He provided me with tailored advice and opportunities, whereas, frankly, other recruiters seemed more interested in making sure I was placed anywhere they could find an opening (relevant or not). Wolf also took the time to be there for me on a personal level, and was a great sounding board when considering different offers.
I would recommend Wolf 10/10 times.
Corporate & Crypto Associate at Fenwick & West
I've known Amdie for over four years. I met him when he helped one of my close friends leave the firm we both worked for and watched him as he advised him about all aspects of his search, paying close attention to fit and long term goals as well as short term needs. Ever since, I've referred any of my friends who need it to Amdie for his advice. He's been invaluable as a source of knowledge about the market and career advice generally, with no pressure whatsoever. I absolutely trust that Amdie has my best interests at heart, and he is one of my go-to resources for career advice, big and small.
Litigation Associate at Cooley
There is no better recruiter to work with than Tad. Not only does Tad work tirelessly to make sure you are offered the best opportunities, but he also takes the time and effort to get to know you personally so that he can make sure he’s placing you somewhere that fits your vibe, rather than trying to rush you through the process.
To put it simply, I will never work with anyone else. I am positive that there’s no better recruiter out there who cares as much as Tad, and the Whistler team as a whole, to make sure you end up somewhere where you’ll be satisfied at a professional level and, more importantly, happy at a personal level.
Private Funds Associate at Proskauer Rose
Tad and the rest of the Whistler team are absolutely top-notch. They know the legal market inside and out and will go way above and beyond for clients (e.g. fly across the country to meet and make sure a new firm is working out for a client they’ve placed). Anyone looking for something different (in the best way possible) in their recruiting experience, I highly recommend working with Tad/Whistler - they are hands down the best in the business.
Sports, Media & Emerging Growth Associate at K&L Gates
From the start, Tad listened carefully to understand what I was trying to accomplish in my lateral move and shaped and drove the search process advising me at every step of the journey. He is an excellent negotiator with prospective firms and tells it how it is to his clients. He made certain that I had all of the information and considered every angle before accepting or turning down an offer. We worked very well together and I have and will continue to recommend him to friends exploring a lateral move.
Financial Restructuring Associate at King & Spalding
Tad took the time to learn about my career goals, and rather than simply sharing opportunities and openings, he took the time to discuss and prepare multiple plans and paths for me to achieve these goals. In the end, I ended up at a great firm that puts right on track for where I hope my legal career will lead. Aside from our professional relationship, Tad also took the time to get to know me personally and continued to check in even when our search had to be temporarily put on hold due to the pandemic.
Mergers & Acquisitions Associate at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Emily is a wonderful human being and that is what makes her an outstanding recruiter. The time and patience Emily took to help me figure my path was relentless yet supportive. This just shows how dedicated the team at Whistler is to your hopes and ambitions. Hands down the best experience with a recruiter ever. Keep it up team Whistler!
Healthcare Associate at Moses & Singer
Whistler and Josh Bilgrei supercharged a fairly languid lateral search into high gear and impressed me with their knowledge of the tech law firm landscape and we zeroed in quickly on what I wanted and where I could get that. A few years after my lateral switch, I can’t thank them enough and for anyone considering a similar career move, can’t recommend them enough.
Corporate, Emerging Growth Companies Associate at Goodwin
I wouldn’t be at my current in-house job right now without Jordan’s help with the intermediate steps. I can't recommend him more highly. He’s incredibly well versed in Big Law and is your secret weapon for interview prep — it seems like he knows everybody and he does a great job of helping you frame your move.
Deputy General Counsel at Stoke Therapeutics, former PE M&A and Emerging Companies at Fenwick & West
Francis is not only awesome at what he does, but also is an all around great person to work with and to know. He has been a trusted advisor for me throughout my process of lateraling to a new firm in all respects, and has helped me to navigate the business-related aspects of the move (interviewing, negotiating the offer, etc.) as well as talking me through the things that would affect my personal life and career objectives. He is an organized, responsive and well-connected “people-person” who goes above and beyond the typical role of a recruiter to make sure his clients are taken care of.
Early Stage and Venture Capital Associate at Latham & Watkins
Very dependable and responsive, Francis was instrumental in my search for a position in the media/tech transactions space. He took the time to understand what type of role I was looking for and provided invaluable guidance every step of the way.
Technology Transactions Associate at Covington
Josh and the Whistler team knew what I wanted before I did. Josh is warm, personable and thoughtful and made sure I was prepared for a series of interviews with what would quickly become my top choice. I am happy and thriving at my new firm because of Josh and the Whistler team.
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Associate at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Taylor made my dream job a reality. From our first call, I could tell that he had done his homework, genuinely cared about my career goals, and wanted to help me accomplish them. He understands the nuances of the media, entertainment, and technology legal market. Taylor thoughtfully and carefully curated potential lateral opportunities, found the perfect fit, and made the process seamless. I always felt that Taylor was invested in me for the long haul, and he has been a trusted adviser and friend.
Soft IP Litigation Associate at Covington
Taylor and Whistler know what they’re doing in this market. They took the time to get to know me and my career goals so we could focus only on positions that would make a great fit. They have live knowledge of what’s market and use it to time things just right. It’s clear they’re playing the long game with the professionals they work with, and I’d be happy to partner again with them in the future.
Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Associate at Orrick
Wolf and the Whistler team are a next generation team of legal recruiters. They are savvy, experienced and deeply entrenched in the right markets. I started working with Wolf even before I wanted a change because it was clear it was a relationship worth having, for both career and personal reasons. Later on, when a change was in the works, Wolf seamlessly led me through the process and helped me reach and even expand my goals.
Currently In-House, Former Capital Markets Associate at Latham & Watkins
Wolf was a straight shooter and a pleasure to work with as I traversed what I thought would be an uncomfortable process. Wolf helped me figure out what I wanted out of a job, gave me the lay of the land of where I could find what I wanted, and helped me land at one of those destinations. Couldn’t be happier with the process and the end result.
IP Licensing & Technology Transactions Associate at xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I have had such an amazing experience with Wolf and his team! As I was considering shifting into a new area of practice, Wolf listened intently to what I was looking for. Unlike recruiters I worked with in the past, Wolf only provided me with opportunities that were relevant to my goals. Wolf and his team listened to what I wanted in a new firm and provided instrumental advice during the interview process.
Most importantly, when I received my offer from xxxxxxxxxxx, Wolf didn't pressure me to take it. Instead, he told me to reflect on how this next move will fit into my overall career trajectory and think about those considerations before accepting. The Whistler team looks at the bigger picture and truly focuses on how to ensure you have the best experience and land the offer you really want!
Emerging Companies Associate at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I couldn't recommend Amdie more highly. He took a long-term approach, illuminated the whole market, and got me to the perfect practice group for me, helping me move my career to exactly what I wanted, and frankly, what I needed at the time. Not only that, but Amdie was the only recruiter who talked to me like a real human, helping me figure out what I was really looking for at the time.
White-Collar Associate at Wilson Sonsini
Tad and Emily helped me work through a difficult, risky transition - my practice group experienced several senior departures at once, and I had to decide quickly whether to go or stay, and if going, where to go. Lots of calls and meetings, and more than one kick in the ass later, all courtesy of my friends at Whistler, I landed on my feet, in a better situation than where I started. Thanks, again, for taking good care of me.
Asset Management and Investment Funds Counsel at K&L Gates
Working with Tad was such a delight. His positive energy and sense of humor made the recruiting process way more enjoyable, and on top of that, he was so well-versed in the ECVC field that I could always rely on his knowledge. He was always available - even when his baby was crying or sleeping in the same room. Thanks Tad and Whistler Partners!
Mergers & Acquisitions Associate at Fenwick & West
I am so thrilled to begin my new position at Latham & Watkins, and due to Julieta’s expertise and guidance, know this will be an excellent next step for me professionally and an excellent fit for me personally. Julieta was more than a top-notch and keenly intelligent recruiter: she was a negotiator, a sounding board, an advisor, a quasi-therapist and a true ally. I cannot thank her enough for all she did for me!
Corporate Associate at Latham & Watkins
Just wanted to say I hope you don't mind that I keep sending people your way. I know it's your job, but it still feels like you're doing me a favor whenever you take the time to connect with my friends.
If it wasn't already clear, I enjoyed working with you when lateraling myself and feel comfortable referring others to you since I know your approach isn't one that ignores people's personal goals just for the sake of placing them somewhere.
Hope you and your family are good otherwise!
Capital Markets Associate at DLA Piper
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.
Healthcare Associate at Stradling
I’ll always think of my legal career as BT / AT. Before Tad and After Tad.
More than a terrific agent, he’s the best mentor, coach and teammate a young lawyer could ever have. Beyond the experience, beyond the connections, beyond the strategy and the sheer amount of effort he puts in, what sets Tad apart is his genuine love for the work. Teaming up with Tad was more than successful, it was inspirational. Seeing his passion and drive made me want to be not only the best lawyer I can be, but also the best parent, friend and colleague.
When I was first introduced to Whistler Partners I mistakenly thought they were a VC firm themselves. But that’s how polished, professional, scrappy and successful his team is for their clients & candidates. They find opportunity and deliver for their partners like no one else.
Tad is Jerry Maguire, Bill Belichick, and Jerry Rice all rolled into one. More than a terrific agent, more than a legendary career coach, truly a teammate on the legal field. He knows the players, the strategy, and the competition, and won’t stop until he delivers. If you want to win, go with Whistler. They’re the Yankees, Patriots, Lakers, Red Wings, Jordan, Brady, Phelps, Woods of the industry and it's not especially close. Working with this team feels like a cheat code. “Unlocking” Whistler will catapult your career like nothing else.
Private Equity & Venture Capital Associate at xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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.
But beyond that, in working with Aayush I learned that he offers significant value in ways that I genuinely believe made a impact for me. For example:
1) He reached out to me regarding an unlisted position in a niche legal practice, and few other recruiters knew about this role;
2) He negotiated the logistics of interviews and meetings, saving me time and relieving stress;
3) He negotiated behind the scenes for a signing bonus; and
4) Once I received an offer, he continued to work with me and my firm to smooth out the on-boarding process (conflicts waivers, etc.).
In short, Aayush was an excellent find, and he is really skilled at his job. If you are looking to switch jobs, Aayush is an fantastic resource.
Tech / Life Sciences & Cannabis Associate at Goodwin