Miami lawyer pairs ‘revenge porn’ victims with free legal help.
Occupation: Commercial litigation attorney with K & L Gates in Miami
Family status: Married with a 3-year-old son and a 6-year-old stepson
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Most days, you will find Elisa D’Amico in the courthouse representing lenders in bankruptcy or civil lawsuits as a commercial litigator with K&L Gates in Miami. She also has a sub-specialty representing online businesses in suits involving Internet and technology law: “It’s interesting work and allows me to keep pace with the evolving changes in the law.”
But it’s D’Amico’s pro bono work that marks her as an emerging leader. Leveraging her expertise in Internet law, D’Amico has become a champion for victims of “revenge porn,” when sexual partners post revealing images online without their permission.
Earlier this year, D’Amico co-founded a global organization called Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project (cyberrightsproject.com), a website that links revenge porn victims with attorneys who will help them free of charge. “I realized that victims had trouble finding representation because of the few laws devoted to helping them,” she says. D’Amico personally recruited attorneys to participate. At issue are privacy, copyright law and Internet law. Sometimes all it takes to get a photo removed is a “take down” letter, she says.
D’Amico says part of tackling this growing problem involves education: “It’s not the victim’s fault if someone invaded his or her privacy. Sometimes, law enforcement is not educated enough to understand victims’ rights.”
D’Amico also serves as a director of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers’s Miami-Dade chapter and works on the Development Committee of the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade.
Originally from New York, D’Amico graduated from Cornell University and earned her law degree at Fordham University. Today, she is vice president of the Fordham Law Alumni Association’s Miami chapter and mentors Fordham students and graduates: “It takes hard work to brand yourself when you are not from here. This is an incredible powerful community and it is great to be a part of it.”
From D’Amico: “It’s rewarding being able to give back in way I’m good at and in which there is an area of need.”
About D’Amico: “Few lawyers are able to stand out among the many talented attorneys in South Florida. Elisa has solidified her reputation as both an accomplished attorney in an international law firm and a community leader.” — Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko