Brown Law Group: San Diego, CA

Managing Partner, April 2002 – Present (including its predecessor, Vantage Law Group)

Ms. Fode focuses her practice on employment litigation and advisement. She specializes in representing business clients in all aspects of employment law including wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, whistle blower, employment agreement disputes, and wage and hour matters, including class actions. Ms. Fode’s clients include employers in the energy, financial, insurance, retail, automotive, telecommunications and technology industries.

Smaha & Daley: San Diego, CA

Associate, April 1999 – April 2002


Press & Media:

Ms. Fode has been a speaker on employment and diversity related topics and has published articles on these subjects. She has appeared on television segments relating to Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination and Recent Developments in Employment/Labor Laws and has been featured on: CBS Morning News (San Diego affiliate), NBC Morning News (San Diego affiliate); and KGTV Morning News (San Diego affiliate).


Rated AV®-Preeminent by Martindale, Ms. Fode has been recognized as a Super Lawyer (2015), San Diego Magazine Top Lawyer (2014), a San Diego Metro Magazine Mover to Watch (2012), and a recipient of the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award (2009).


Community Involvement & Service:

Ms. Fode is very active in the community. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego County Bar Association and a past President of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, a bar association with over 1000 members. Ms. Fode is also an active member of many other professional and law-related organizations, including the American Bar Association, California Women Lawyers, Defense Research Institute, the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Ms. Fode provides pro bono legal services to I Love a Clean San Diego, and served as a mock trial coach for University High School.


Personal & Community Interests:

Ms. Fode is married to Dr. Matthew Spydell, an oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and they have two children. She enjoys yoga, golf, and walking in her Point Loma neighborhood.


University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1998
Awards: Dean’s Scholarship Award
Activities: Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, Associate Editor
Oregon Law Students’ Public Interest Fund, Co-Director
Certified Mediator: Small Claims Court Mediation Volunteer


University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., Law and Society, cum laude, March 1994
Honors: College of Letters and Science Honors Recipient
Law and Society Honors Recipient (Distinction in Major)
Dean’s List Scholar’s Award


Bar and Court Admissions:

Member of the California State Bar since December 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California