Member Spotlight

Our Member Spotlight Page is dedicated to highlighting the achievements of our members.  Please send Member Spotlight submissions to MDFAWL’s Newsletter Editor, Elisa D’Amico, at:

Elisa D’Amico , Miami-Dade FAWL Newsletter Editor

Elisa D’Amico , Miami-Dade FAWL Newsletter Editor, was featured in the Miami Herald for her work representing a victim of sexual cyberharassment. The defendant was criminally prosecuted by Thomas Haggerty, Chief of the Cyber Crimes Division of the Office of the Miami-Dade State Attorney. A settlement was reached wherein the defendant plead guilty and agreed to a short jail sentence, among other things. Elisa called the victim out as being extremely “selfless and incredibly strong.”

Lauren Brunswick, Kelly Peña, and Alicia Welch, Miami-Dade FAWL Directors

Lauren Brunswick, Kelly Peña, and Alicia Welch, Miami-Dade FAWL Directors, have been recognized by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) with the “Leaders in the Law” Award for their continuing commitment to their profession, their communities, their peers, and to FAWL. Lauren is a commercial, real estate, land use, and securities litigator with ShubinBass, P.A. Kelly is an employment attorney with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Steward, P.C. And Alicia is an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office.  These admirable women and leaders will be presented with their awards at FAWL’s annual awards gala and installation on June 16, 2016 in Orlando.

MDFAWL Treasurer, Katie Phang

MDFAWL Treasurer, Katie Phang, was recently nominated to receive the 2014 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida award! For more information about this life-threatening disease for which there is currently no cure, please go to

MDFAWL member, Tonya Meister-Griffith

MDFAWL member, Tonya Meister-Griffith, is a board certified admiralty and maritime attorney with MEISTER LAW, LLC. She was recently elected to a leadership position as Secretary of the American Association of Justice’s Admiralty Section. Ms. Meister-Griffith’s article, entitled Punitive Damages Update: Jones Act, Maintenance and Cure, and General Maritime Law, was recently published in the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal. Ms. Meister-Griffith can be reached at:

MDFAWL Member Steve Zuckerman

MDFAWL Member Steve Zuckerman Publishes His New Book Rain Power

 Miami-Dade FAWL provides many meaningful opportunities for its members to network, and we have all heard that we should “network” more.  Many of our young members find networking intimidating and overwhelming.  The general advice to “go out and network” is not useful in the absence of an appropriate strategy.  In Rain Power, Miami-Dade FAWL Member, Steve Zuckerman does an excellent job of providing a highly effective strategy that is practical and easy to implement.  He succinctly explains the importance and extraordinary benefits of networking in an altruistic and highly focused manner.  His proven methodology results in not only improved earning potential, but greater career satisfaction.  Mr. Zuckerman’s six-step plan is designed to maximize the limited time we have to network and to create behaviors that become part of our daily routine.  It’s a must read for all professionals, especially those at the early stages of their careers.  Mr. Zuckerman’s book can be found on Amazon.