Liliya Stanik provides strategic advice and counseling to companies on a wide array of employment law issues. With distinctive capabilities and knowledge as an in-house counsel, she brings operational efficiencies to early stage start-ups, high-growth companies and those going through organizational change. She leverages her prior experience as associate general counsel for a leading financial technology company to serve as a solution-oriented business partner and adjunct legal advisor/fractional in-house counsel.

Based on her deep, first-hand understanding of business realities and operational considerations, Liliya delivers practical legal guidance that promotes her clients' business objectives. She regularly represents employers in the following areas:

  • Performance management and terminations
  • Workforce restructuring/reductions-in-force
  • Wage and hour compliance
  • Internal investigations related to allegations of ethics violations
  • Hiring practices
  • Compensation plans
  • Disability accommodation and interactive process
  • Leaves of absence
  • Employee privacy
  • Trade secret/noncompete issues
  • Employment diligence and integration related to mergers and acquisitions

Liliya is a co-founder of the San Diego chapter of SunLaw, a group of women in-house attorneys that addresses the unique needs of women lawyers in a corporate environment. Through her leadership role with this group, she further enhances her skills as an in-house legal advisor.

In addition to her advice and counseling practice, Liliya has successfully litigated cases before federal, state and appellate courts in California, including the following favorable results for employers:

  • Obtained defense verdict on behalf of a national retail chain in a five-week #MeToo sexual harassment trial
  • Won two successful rulings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in wage and hour class action
  • Halted class allegations on behalf of a national insurance company in wage and hour class action
  • Secured numerous summary judgment rulings obtained on behalf of employers

Liliya also has vast experience defending employers before state and federal administrative agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the California Employment Development Department and the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

Liliya’s extensive litigation background allows her to partner with clients to effectively identify, assess and proactively manage employment law risk. She regularly advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment litigation, including claims involving:

  • Harassment and discrimination
  • Wrongful termination
  • Retaliation, including whistleblower claims
  • Wage and hour
  • Protected leaves of absence

While in law school, Liliya gained valuable employment experience while clerking for Administrative Law Judge Michael Salvador at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as at the civil division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California. She also was a member of the San Diego Law Review.

Professional & Community Affiliations


San Diego chapter



San Diego County Bar Association


Professional Development Committee

National Human Resources Association, San Diego Chapter


Nominee, Rising Star



Nominee, Young Attorney of the Year

San Diego Daily Transcript


Recipient, CALI Award of Excellence in Employment Litigation

Recipient, Citation for Outstanding Performance in International Relations

University of California, Davis


  • J.D., University of San Diego, 2008
  • B.A., University of California, Davis, 2004With Honors


  • Russian

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California