Dessislava Day

Dessislava Nintcheva Day has practiced law in California for over 24 years, during which time she has represented employers in a wide spectrum of employment law disputes, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, whistleblower, trade secret violations, and representative actions.  She counsels employers on employee discipline, leaves of absence, accommodations, compensation, and employment agreements.  Ms. Day drafts and updates employment policies and handbooks, conducts workplace investigations and audits, and assists with HR compliance issues.  She has represented employers in all courts in the state of California, in arbitration proceedings, and in administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Labor Commissioner.

Ms. Day also has extensive experience defending complex business disputes, product liability, warranty, and elder abuse cases, and has represented businesses of all sizes and in most industry sectors.  Some of her representative matters include the successful defense of employment cases against one of the nation’s largest healthcare insurers and large retail establishments; commercial disputes on behalf of global energy and petrochemical companies; product defect cases against automobile manufacturers; and a public university in administrative mandamus proceedings.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Day is also actively involved in several professional organizations. She is the Vice Chair of the DRI Employment Law Committee and has served on the DRI Employment Law Steering Committee for over a decade. Ms. Day has assisted with planning the DRI Annual Employment Law Seminar, which is one of the preeminent CLE events for management side labor and employment practitioners, in-house counsel, and EPLI representatives nationwide. She also had the privilege of chairing the DRI Employment Law Seminar in Austin, Texas in 2016, and is a regular speaker at DRI Employment Law events. She is a prior Co-Chair of the Litigation Section of the San Diego County Bar Association, and a member of the Lawyers Club of San Diego, ABTL, and the American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter No. 9. In April of 2022, Ms. Day was honored as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders of San Diego for 2022.

Ms. Day graduated with her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina, School of Law in 1999, where she served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Law and Commercial Transactions, and was a Member of the UNC Law Moot Court/Trial Law Academy Team. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Management from Guilford College in 1995 and graduated with honors.


  • University of North Carolina, School of Law, J.D.
  • Guilford College, B.A. with honors, Political Science and Management


  • Labor and Employment
  • General Business Litigation
  • Class and Representative Actions
  • Product Defect


  • 2014 Co-Presenter, Firm Annual Employment Law Seminar: "Employment Law Update"June
  • 2013 Co-Presenter on "Practical Approaches to Handling Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Agreements" at Meeting of Association of Corporate Counsel in San Diego
  • 2011 DRI Annual Employment Law Seminar: "Medical Leaves of Absences: FMLA Update and Interplay between FMLA and Other Laws"
  • 2011 Co-Presenter, Firm Annual Employment Law Seminar: "Under the Radar Labor Code and Wage Order Provisions"
  • 2010 Co-Presenter, Firm Annual Employment Law Seminar: "Blogging, Facebook and Twitter"
  • 2009 Co-Presenter, Firm Annual Employment Law Seminar: "Investigation Pitfalls"
  • 2008 Co-Presenter, Firm Annual Employment Law Seminar: "Independent Contractor or Employee? Joint Employer Issues"
  • 2007 Co-Presenter, Firm Annual Employment Law Seminar: "Employment Law Update"