The Up and Comers: Elisa D’Amico
Meet Elisa D’Amico of K&L Gates, an honoree in the law (Miami-Dade) category of the 2020 Up and Comer Awards
SFBW’s Up & Comer Awards honors young professionals who have achieved excellence in their careers, shown a commitment to their community and demonstrated leadership. To learn more about this year’s event, taking place Oct. 14, click here.
D’Amico is the 39th president of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (MDFAWL), a volunteer bar association that promotes the advancement of women in law. A partner at the Miami office of K&L Gates, she focuses on crisis and risk management, internet, media, and privacy law. She has extensive experience fighting technology-facilitated harassment, including sextortion.
D’Amico is a past recipient of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award (2016) and the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award (2019) for co-founding her firm’s Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, which provides pro bono legal help to those whose sexually explicit images are distributed online without consent.
With MDFAWL, D’Amico advocated for a Florida statute criminalizing the unauthorized distribution of sexually explicit images. In May 2015, Florida became the 16th state to criminalize this behavior.
Favorite quote: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg