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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|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|
|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|
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.
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