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Elisa D'Amico

Partner
+1.305.539.3315
Fax +1.305.358.7095

Elisa D’Amico is a litigation partner with a unique legal practice: helping businesses and individuals fight invasion of privacy, defamation, internet-based abuse, and other First Amendment violations. She counsels clients about myriad internet privacy, technology, and cyber harassment issues, including internet-based fraud, unfair and deceptive acts and practices, and internet marketing.

Ms. D’Amico is the co-founder of the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project (CCRLP), a global K&L Gates pro bono project providing legal services to victims of nonconsensual pornography (i.e., “revenge porn”) when their sexually explicit images are distributed and displayed online without consent. The CCRLP utilizes the firm’s elite cybersecurity and cyber forensics practices, allowing volunteers to deliver quality pro bono services to victims across the globe.  Since its inception in late 2014, the CCRLP already has removed thousands of offending images and videos from the internet, helping hundreds of victims fight back and reclaim their online identities.

Professional Background

Before joining K&L Gates, Ms. D’Amico practiced law in New York at another global law firm. She also has worked as a legal intern for a prominent criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer, aiding in numerous white collar criminal matters.

Achievements

  • ABA Young Lawyers Division, On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers (2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Rated, Litigation, Commercial Law, and Internet Law
  • Florida Super Lawyers® “Rising Star,” Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2017
  • Top Up and Comer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2016
  • The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award, 2016
  • Legal Elite Up & Comer, Florida Trend, 2015
  • Honoree, 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2015
  • Honoree, Leaders in the Law, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2015
  • Attorney of the Year, Inaugural ALM/Daily Business Review Professional Excellence Awards, 2015
  • HYPE® Miami Award - Difference Maker, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 2015
  • Honoree, 20 Under 40, Miami Herald, 2014
  • President’s Pro Bono Award, Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 2014
  • Certificate of Merit, Dade County Bar Association, 2010-2013
  • Empire State Counsel, New York State Bar Association, 2008
  • The Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award, Fordham University School of Law, 2006

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Co-Founder, Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, 2014-present
  • Uniform Law Commission, The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Committee on the Unauthorized Disclosure of Intimate Images, Observer, November 2015 to present
  • Founding Member, Advisory Board, Tyler Clementi Institute for CyberSafety at New York Law School, 2014-present
  • Member, Advisory Board, Dade Legal Aid, 2014-present
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Miami-Dade Chapter
    • Secretary, June 2017-present
    • Treasurer, 2016-June 2017
    • Newsletter Editor, 2015-2016
    • Director, 2012-2015
    • Chair, Pro Bono Committee, 2014-2015
    • Founder and Chair, Publications Quality Control Committee, 2014-2015
    • Co-Chair, CLE Committee, 2014-2015
  • Firm Chair, Legal Line Committee, Dade County Bar Association, 2012-2014
  • The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade
    • Member, Development Committee, 2014-2016
    • Co-Chair, Raise The Bar, 2011-2016
    • Site Visitor, 2013-2014
  • Fordham Law Alumni Association: Miami Chapter
    • Director of Community Outreach, January 2017-present
    • Vice President, 2013-January 2017
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association
  • Group Leader, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Privacy Law Bootcamp” 13th Annual Corporate Counsel Women of Color Career Strategies Conference, Hyatt Regency New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 27, 2017
  • Speaker, “Intersection of the First Amendment and Technology in Title IX Cases,” Constitutional Issues in Higher Education Symposium, University of Arizona, Tucson, 22 June 2017
  • Moderator, “Technology, Ethics, and the Art of Lawyering in the Digital Age,” CLE Program with Professor Jan Jocobowitz, Miami-Dade FAWL, and University of Miami School of Law’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program, Miami, April 2017
  • Speaker, “Ethics CLE,” Inaugural Everyone Counts Day 2017, Miami, 30 March 2017
  • Organizer, Speaker, and Moderator, The Legal Landscape – A Practical Guide to Representing Victims of Sexual Cyber Ethically and Effectively, Webinar Series on Sexual Privacy as a Fundamental Right in Partnership with the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Rights of Women Committee, K&L Gates HUB, 30 March 2017
  • Organizer, The Legal Landscape – Painting the Big Picture of Sexual Privacy, Webinar Series on Sexual Privacy as a Fundamental Right in Partnership with the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Rights of Women Committee, K&L Gates HUB, 1 March 2017
  • Speaker, “The First Amendment, Social Responsibility, and Changing the World,” Ethical Governance Day at iPrep Academy, Miami, October 20, 2016
  • Speaker, “Pro Bono Remarks,” The Florida Bar Practicing With Professionalism, Miami, August 2016
  • Speaker, United Way #LINCMiami "Drink & Think" Fundraiser, K&L Gates Miami
  • Speaker, “Pro Bono, Privacy, & Pokémon,” The Florida Bar Practicing With Professionalism, Miami, August 2016
  • Speaker, “Porn, the Project, Privacy, and Pókemon” National Legal Aid & Defender Association Student Legal Services Section Conference, Tampa FL, 21 July 2016
  • Speaker, “Trolls, Threats, and Online Free Speech,” RightsCon Silicon Valley, 1 April 2016
  • Moderator, “Social Media 2.0,” CLE program with Prof. Jan Jacobowitz, Miami-Dade FAWL and University of Miami School of Law’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program, Miami, April 2016
  • Speaker, “Pro Bono Remarks,” The Florida Bar Practicing With Professionalism, Miami, March 2016
  • Speaker, “The First Annual Tyler Clementi Internet Safety Conference: Combatting Cyberharassment,” New York Law School’s Innovation Center for Law and Technology, 3 October 2015
  • Speaker, “Revenge Porn and Online Identity,” Penn State Behrend, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 1 October 2015
  • Moderator, “Legally Social: the ethical use of social media in attorney advertising and the practice of law,” CLE program with Prof. Jan Jacobowitz, Miami-Dade FAWL and University of Miami School of Law’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program, Miami, February 2015
  • Moderator, “Ethics for the Modern Age,” CLE program CLE program with Prof. Jan Jacobowitz, Miami-Dade FAWL and University of Miami School of Law’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program, Miami, June 2014
  • Moderator, “Trial Tips & Professionalism: A View From the Bench," CLE program presented by Hon. Spencer Eig, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Miami April 2014

Additional Information

Television/Webcast/Radio
  • Interview, Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian Revenge Porn Dispute, NBC6 News Miami, 27 July 2017
  • Interview, "Targeted by anonymous porn sites," CBC News Network, 25 January 2017
  • Interview, “Revenge Porn,” The Security Brief, 3 July 2015
  • Consultant, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver,” HBO, 21 June 2015
  • Interview, “Revenge Porn Epidemic,” The Meredith Vieira Show, 4 May 2015
  • Interview and Consultant, “Revenge Porn: The Cyberwar Against Women,” CNN Money, April 2015
  • Interview, #FreeSpeechZone, HuffPost Live, 2 February 2015, posted with permission
  • Interview, “Women who code—and fight back,” MSNBC’s Code Forward, 2 February 2015, posted with permission 
Film Print/Online Publications
  • Counsel to treatment facility for various matters relating to online harassment, defamation, and other internet-based abuse
  • Counsel to a now defunct affiliate marketing network in an investigation by State Attorney General, and defending the network and its parent company--a global financial-services corporation--in an unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) lawsuit filed by the FTC and the State of Connecticut in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, accusing the network of encouraging the use of “fake news” sites to promote allegedly deceptive weight-loss claims by online marketers
  • Counsel to parent company of affiliate marketing network and advertising network, providing company with an evaluation and comprehensive review of the networks’ compliance programs. Also representation of the company in negotiations with inquiries from State Attorney General and FTC concerning enforcement of and compliance with Assurance of Discontinuance and Voluntary Compliance (AVC) and UDAAP
  • Counsel to major financial institutions for workout, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy matters including filing lawsuits to enforce notes, mortgages, security agreements, and loan documents
  • Counsel to an international diversified financial-services company in the prosecution of a commercial foreclosure lawsuit involving a default under a $20 million asset-based line of credit (with a $17 million balance) where automobile insurance premiums served as the collateral, and where principal and all interest were recovered on appeal
  • Counsel to an international diversified financial-services company, defending its federally reinsured crop insurance division in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding relating to the insurer’s request for repayment of overpaid crop insurance indemnity payments
  • Counsel to one of the nation’s largest tobacco manufacturers in a domestic arbitration regarding payments required under the Master Settlement Agreement
  • Counsel to an oil and gas transportation company in connection with investigations by the U.S. DOJ, the SEC, and the CFTC