Executive Profile – Stacy Fode

Stacy L. Fode is a partner and attorney at Brown Law Group, a boutique business litigation law firm specializing in employment law.

The firm practices preventive law, which means that whenever practicable, it helps clients avoid lawsuits.


    • Essential business philosophy: Through an unwavering commitment to excellence and phenomenal teamwork, I seek to deliver exceptional legal advice and top-quality legal product to efficiently and effectively achieve my clients’ goals.
    • Best way to keep a competitive edge: Staying connected with your clients; remembering that the personal is the professional; and remembering that today’s work leads to tomorrow’s goals.
    • Guiding principles: Be authentic, always be prepared, trust your instincts, focus.
    • Yardsticks of success: Past-president of Lawyers Club, vice president of San Diego County Bar Association, partner at Brown Law Group, balancing being a mother and being a lawyer.
    • Goals yet to be achieved: Becoming an equity partner at BLG and building a substantial book of business, while having time for myself and my family



  • Best business decision: Joining Brown Law Group.
  • Worst business decision: Taking a client that isn’t appreciative and respectful.
  • Toughest business decision: With the expansion of the firm, choosing new lawyers from all the amazing talent is tough.
  • Biggest missed opportunity: Not doing business with my friends – it’s more fun to work with friends.
  • Mentor: Janice Brown.
  • Word that describes you: Tenacious.


  • What you like best about your job: Supporting the commitment and encouragement of diversity in the practice of law; having great clients and great colleagues.
  • What you like least about your job: Unnecessarily contentious opposing counsel.
  • Pet peeves: Drama.
  • Most important lesson learned: To trust your instincts.
  • Person most interested in meeting: President Barack Obama.
  • Three greatest passions: Encouraging the success of women lawyers; being a role model to my daughter; and supporting and encouraging other working moms.
  • First choice for a new career: Writer or entrepreneur.


  • Favorite quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  • Most influential book: “The Art of Power,” by Thich Nhat Hanh.
  • Favorite status symbol: My car.
  • Favorite restaurant: Bombay, Indian food.
  • Favorite place for business meetings: University Club Atop Symphony Towers and my office.
  • Favorite vacation spot: Kauai, Hawaii.
  • Favorite way to spend time: With my family and friends, yoga and travel.


  • NAME: Stacy L. Fode
  • COMPANY: Brown Law Group
  • TITLES: Partner, attorney
  • EDUCATION: B.A., UC Santa Barbara, cum laude, 1994; J.D., University of Oregon, 1998
  • BIRTHPLACE: Minneapolis
  • AGE: 37
  • FAMILY: Husband, Dr. Matthew Spydell, (oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography); daughter, Helena Grace, age 3


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