Nick Knipe, Web Developer in Los Angeles, CA, United States
Nick Knipe

Web Developer in Los Angeles, CA, United States

Member since January 8, 2020
Nick is a back-end-focused web developer with high-level expertise in Ruby frameworks. Nick places emphasis on building understandable and maintainable systems with extremely high test coverage. He also has an unusual background for a computer science graduate: he subsequently went to law school. He practiced law for several years before becoming the principal developer at a very early stage legal software startup, which was later acquired.
Nick is now available for hire


  • Clio
    Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, React, Sidekiq, Docker, Elasticsearch, MySQL
  • Lexicata
    Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Heroku, React, RSpec, Jest, PostgreSQL



Los Angeles, CA, United States



Preferred Environment

Linux, MacOSX, Docker

The most amazing...

...outcome I've had was to turn around a startup's test-less technical debt into an acquisition.


  • Development Manager

    2018 - 2019
    • Served as a manager and tech lead for a Los Angeles office's development team.
    • Oversaw and designed security features, massive data migrations, third-party integrations, and optimizations.
    • Managed and was responsible for multiple developer tools to accelerate team software development.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, React, Sidekiq, Docker, Elasticsearch, MySQL
  • Principal Developer

    2016 - 2018
    • Joined as the fifth employee to help resolve what was a large, buggy, completely untested codebase that needed to scale. Undertook years long refactoring process and test suite build to transform it into a reliable app worthy of acquisition.
    • Implemented necessary and constant software optimizations, microservices, and deployment configuration changes to scale for an extremely fast-growing SaaS company.
    • Executed a sprint development cycle with constant adjustments to optimize the development team working on multiple projects.
    • Oversaw and developed robustly tested API for React single page app.
    • Developed scaleable, detailed, and flexible reporting feature for client data.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, Heroku, React, RSpec, Jest, PostgreSQL


  • hello,drifter (Development)

    A long-running (pun intended) Ruby on Rails app that serves as a hub for designing and sharing long-distance running events. Its incredibly unique course maps are used by race directors around the world.

    • A rich API for customizing the look and feel of every map
    • Automated web scraping to ensure that the site is up-to-date with the latest races
    • Proprietary 3-D elevation technology
    • Map routing built from the ground up with more advanced features than anything else out there

    Technologies: RoR (Ruby on Rails), Vue.js, Sidekiq, Heroku, PostgreSQL


  • Languages

    Ruby, JavaScript, Java
  • Frameworks

    Ruby on Rails (RoR)
  • Libraries/APIs

    Sidekiq, Vue.js 2, Mapbox GL, React
  • Tools

    RSpec, AWS Rekognition, Docker Compose
  • Platforms

    Heroku, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker
  • Storage

    AWS S3, PostgreSQL, Redis, Elasticsearch, MySQL
  • Other



  • Juris Doctorate (JD) degree in Law
    2004 - 2007
    Georgetown University - Washington, DC, USA
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science
    1999 - 2003
    University of California, Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA, USA

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