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Elisa D'Amico

Partner
+1.305.539.3315
Fax +1.305.358.7095
Elisa D’Amico is a litigation partner and a founding member of the firm’s digital crisis planning & response (DCPR) client solution. In that role, she counsels corporations, educational institutions, and high-profile individuals in proactively planning for and effectively managing digital crisis situations, including PR crises, university scandals, social engineering, corporate imposter accounts and websites, and leaked confidential and proprietary information. In this role, she also fights technology facilitated harassment such as online harassment, sexual cyber harassment, sextortion, fraud, unfair and deceptive acts and practices, and other privacy violations.

Ms. D’Amico is well known for her work co-founding the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, a global pro bono project aimed at empowering and helping individuals whose sexually explicit images are distributed and displayed online without consent regain control of their digital footprints and their lives. She regularly writes and lectures about her work and she frequently is consulted by various media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, and Broadly./VICE on those topics. Among her many accolades, Elisa was awarded the Miami-Dade FAWL President’s Pro Bono Award in 2014; the Miami Herald “20 Under 40” emerging leaders in 2014; the HYPE® Miami Difference Maker” by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce in 2014; the inaugural “Attorney of the Year” by the ALM/Daily Business Review in 2015; The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Pro Bono Service Award in 2016; “On the Rise” by the ABA Young Lawyers Division in 2017; The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award in 2019, and the “Rising Star Award” from Fordham Law School in 2019. She also holds a AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell.

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

  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2020
  • Rising Star Award, Fordham Law School, 2019
  • The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award, The Florida Bar, 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers®, Super Lawyer Magazine, 2018
  • Florida Super Lawyers® “Rising Star,” Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013-2017
  • ABA Young Lawyers Division, On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers (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
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Rated, Litigation, Commercial Law, and Internet Law

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Co-Founder, Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project, 2014-present
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law, Digital Communications Committee
  • 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
  • President, Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • 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, 2017-present
    • Vice President, 2013-2017
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Dade County Bar Association
  • Group Leader, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Speaking Engagements

  • Organizer, Speaker, and Moderator, “Summer School: Content Moderation 101,” Part Three in a Three-Part Webinar Series with the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law’s Digital Communications Committee, K&L Gates HUB, 5 September 2019
  • Organizer, Speaker, and Moderator, “Summer School: Sextortion 101,” Part Two in a Three-Part Webinar Series with the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law’s Digital Communications Committee, K&L Gates HUB, 15 August 2019
  • Speaker, “Us Too? Bullying & Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession,” Dade County Bar Association, 25 July 2019
  • Organizer, Speaker, and Moderator, “Summer School: Blockchain & Crytpo 101,” Part One in a Three-Part Webinar Series with the American Bar Association Forum on Communications Law’s Digital Communications Committee, K&L Gates HUB, 18 July 2019
  • Speaker, “What Is a Digital Crisis and Are You Prepared?” K&L Gates HUB, December 2018
  • Speaker, “Cyber Harassment Investigations for University Administrators,” 28 September 2018
  • Speaker, “NSFW: Top Trends in Cyber Exploitation,” California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting 2018 Keynote Address, Business Law Section Annual Breakfast, 14 September 2018
  • Guest Lecturer, Privacy Law at Fordham Law School, 12 September 2018
  • Panelist, “Raising Healthy Kids in the Digital Age,” UCI Chief Executive Roundtable Women’s Forum, 28 June 2018
  • Speaker, “Trends in Revenge Porn Litigation,” Internet Law Leadership Summit, 17 May 2018
  • Panelist, “Nonconsensual Pornography (“Revenge Porn”): Theory and Practice,” National Association of Women Judges 2018 Midyear Meeting, 13 April 2018
  • 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 professional athlete whose social media accounts were hacked by overseas perpetrator
  • Counsel to religious organization concerning online defamation and internet-based harassment
  • Counsel to corporate client whose CEO fell victim to imposter social media profiles and other social engineering scams
  • Counsel to corporate client whose management and employees were being threatened and harassed online and in-person
  • 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 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 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