Stacy L. Fode, Esq.

O: 619.292.0515
D: 619.292.0545


About Stacy

STACY L. FODE focuses her practice on employment litigation and advisement and business litigation. She specializes in representing business clients in all aspects of employment law including wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, whistle blower, employment agreement and trade secret disputes, and wage and hour matters, including class actions and PAGA matters. Stacy’s clients have included employers in the financial, insurance, retail, entertainment, technology, package delivery, telecommunications and energy industries.

Rated AV®-Preeminent by Martindale, Stacy has represented hundreds of clients before state and federal courts, appellate courts and administrative agencies such as the EEOC and DFEH throughout California. In addition, she regularly conducts employment-related training seminars for employers and employment lawyers, and investigations of employee misconduct and discrimination claims for her clients.

She also negotiates and drafts a variety of employment agreements for high-level executives and has extensive experience in matters involving the protection of trade secrets and confidential information. Stacy has been a frequent speaker on employment and diversity issues and has appeared on television segments on Fox News, NBC, and CBS.

A current member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Stacy is active in the community and committed to issues of diversity and inclusion. She is a past President of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, a bar association committed to advancing the status of women in the law and society with over 1,000 members, and a current member of its Advisory Board and Judicial Endorsements Committee. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Bar Association and member of its Leadership Outreach Committee and is active in organizations involving her two children and community of Point Loma.


AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale Hubbell

Recognized by Best Lawyers® since 2015.

San Diego Magazine Top Lawyer 2014

San Diego Metro Magazine “Mover to Watch” 2012

Recipient of San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Award 2009

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Professional Experience

Brown Law Group | San Diego, CA, Chief Client Officer | Partner 2008 - 2020
Brown Law Group | San Diego, CA, | Associate 2002 - 2008
Smaha & Daley | San Diego, CA | Associate 1999 - 2002

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Member
American Inn of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter
California Women Lawyers, Member
Defense Research Institute, Member
Lawyers Club of San Diego, President ; Advisory Board ; Fund for Justice, Member; Judicial Endorsements Committee 2005 - present
NAMWOLF, Board of Directors; Labor & Employment PAC, Member; Outreach Sub-Committee Co-Chair, ; Newsletter Editor 2009 - present
San Diego County Bar Association; Board of Directors; Secretary 2007 - 2010
San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Policy Committee



University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, OR, J.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA. B.A., Law and Society


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S.D.C. Southern District of California
U.S.D.C. Central District of California
U.S.D.C. Northern District of California
U.S.D.C. Eastern District of California

Civic/Charitable Activities

Board of Directors of the San Diego County Bar Association

Past President of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, bar association with over 1000 members

Active Member American Bar Association

Active Member California Women Lawyers

Active Member Defense Research Institute

Active Member San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

Pro bono legal services to I Love a Clean San Diego

Mock trial coach, University High School.

Recent Publications and Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • “The Workplace Transformed” Brown Law Group webinar, 8/2020
  • “Getting Ahead of the Curve – How Employers Can Manage Risk During These Challenging Times” Brown Law Group webinar, 4/2020
  • “Managing Employment and Privacy Risk in the Work From Home Environment, NAMWOLF L&E and IP PAC, 4/2020
  • “Annual Employment Law Update” Brown Law Group, San Diego, CA, 2013-2020
  • “Battling the Bully: My Way or the Highway” NAMWOLF Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 9/23/2019
  • “Leadership Development Summit” Lawyers Club of San Diego, San Diego, California, 11/15/2018
  • “Ban the Box Laws and Limits on Use of Criminal Background Checks and Arrest Records” SHRM Legal Insights at The Prado, San Diego, California, 11/7/2018
  • “Bridge the Gap: Best Practices for Pay Equity Audits” NAMWOLF Trials and L&E PAC Regional Event, San Jose, California, 8/23/2018
  • “Beyond the Headlines: The Practicalities and Corporate Response to #MeToo for all Employees” Xerox General Counsel Summit, Rochester, NY, 4/23/2018
  • “Blurred Lines: Cutting Edge Workplace Ethics for Employment Lawyers” NAMWOLF Labor & Employment Practice Area Committee Webinar, 6/6/2017
  • “Rear Window Investigation” San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, CA, 9/2016
  • “Rising Ethical and Demographic Changes that Will Impact the In-House Legal Industry in the Next Ten Years” Allstate Insurance Company, Northbrook, IL, 10/5/2016
  • “The ADA: 25 Years and Compliance is Still Tricky” NAMWOLF Labor & Employment Practice Area Committee Webinar, 4/6/2016
  • “Workplace Policies” Women in Law Conference 2015 Institutional Opportunities, San Diego, CA, 10/2015
  • “50 Shades of Grey: Ethical Rules Related to the Role of In-House Counsel” NAMWOLF Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 9/23/2014
  • “Hot Topics in Employment Law” – Recorded CLE presentation, Attorney Credits, Ongoing

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