Officers 2017-2018

Lara Bueso Bach, Esq.
President

Lara Bach is a senior associate in Weil’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice, where she has substantial experience in multidistrict litigations, consumer fraud and product liability class actions, alter ego and fraudulent conveyance litigation, and disputes arising out of restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings.

Ms. Bach is an active contributor to the community, representing children and victims of human trafficking, mentoring female law students, and participating in various philanthropic activities. In addition to serving as President of Miami-Dade FAWL, she also serves on the Board of Governors of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar.

In 2015, FAWL honored Ms. Bach as one of its annual “Leaders in the Law.” Also in 2015, Ms. Bach was selected as one of the 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers in South Florida by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2017 and 2018, she was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers. In 2018, she was honored with the Daily Business Review’s “On the Rise” award, recognizing attorneys under 40 years of age for “wielding influence and showing expertise in their practice areas and committing themselves to pro bono, charitable, and professional volunteer work.”

Ms. Bach received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and graduated from Rollins College with a degree in Political Science, summa cum laude.

Elisa D’Amico, Esq.
President-Elect

Elisa D’Amico is a litigation partner at K&L Gates’ Miami office, where she focuses on social media, technology, and internet law. She regularly counsels business clients concerning internet and technology law, including defamation, online harassment, internet-based fraud, and social media law. Elisa is frequently consulted by the media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, and Broadly./VICE on those topics. Among her many accolades, in 2015 the ALM/Daily Business Review named Elisa “Attorney of the Year”; in 2016 she was awarded The Florida Bar YLD Pro Bono Service Award; and in 2017 she was named an “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyer” by the ABA.

In 2014, Elisa co-founded the Cyber Civil Rights Legal Project (CCRLP) to provide victims of cyber exploitation with pro bono legal help. Since its inception and under her management, the CCRLP has helped thousands of individuals dealing with image-based abuse to stop harassment and regain their online identities. In 2018 the CCRLP obtained a $6.4M default judgment in a cyber exploitation case pending in a federal district court in California; in 2017, the CCRLP obtained an $8.9M jury verdict. These two wins represent the first and second-largest monetary judgment in “revenge porn” cases involving a non-celebrity.

Elisa sits on the Media & Communications Law Committee of The Florida Bar and is licensed to practice law in both Florida and New York. She is thrilled to serve as President-Elect for 2018-2019 and is even more excited to serve as the President in 2019-2010. You can either find Elisa chasing her young boys around Coconut Grove, or on Twitter @elisadamico.

Ardith Bronson, Esq.
Secretary

Ardith Bronson serves as Of Counsel at DLA Piper, where she primarily focuses her practice in complex commercial litigation in the healthcare industry and represents clients in wide-ranging litigations involving Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Statutes, ERISA, Medicare, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, RICO, and other claims impacting the managed-care industry. Ardith also has extensive experience handling bankruptcy litigation, derivatives litigation, as well as products liability actions.

Kristin Drecktrah Paz
Treasurer

Kristin Drecktrah Paz serves as Treasurer of MDFAWL. Kristin practices in complex commercial and international disputes with Shutts & Bowen LLP. She regularly counsels international clients, especially from Latin America, and she is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. In addition to MDFAWL, Kristin is Co-Chair of the ABA Section of International Law’s International Energy and Natural Resources Committee; serves on the Executive Council of The Florida Bar International Law Section; and currently sits as President of Miami’s young arbitration practitioners group, Future of Arbitration: Miami. Kristin is committed to pro bono work and has been representing indigent clients in dependency and immigration proceedings through the CABA Pro Bono Project.

Kelly M. Peña
Newsletter Editor

Kelly M. Peña serves as Newsletter Editor of MDFAWL. Kelly is a labor and employment attorney with the Miami office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Kelly’s practice focuses primarily on employment litigation. Kelly represents management in administrative proceedings, as well as all phases of litigation. She litigates discrimination claims, retaliation claims, and wage and hour claims, and also responds to Charges of Discrimination brought under the EEOC and Florida Commission on Human Relations. In addition to her MDFAWL work, Kelly serves on the Publications Subcommittee for The Florida Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and she serves as an attorney ad litem for abused and neglected youth through Lawyers for Children America. Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from Northeastern University, where she served as a fellow at Oxfam for the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy.

Katie S. Phang, Esq.
Immediate Past President

Katie S. Phang is a partner on Berger Singerman’s Dispute Resolution Team, where she represents a diverse group of clients in complex commercial and real estate litigation, marital law, and white collar/compliance matters. She has more than 16 years of trial experience in state and federal courts. As a former prosecutor and private practitioner, she has tried dozens of jury and bench trials throughout Florida, several of which as Lead Trial Counsel.

AV-Preeminent rated in Litigation, Bankruptcy, Family Law, and Criminal Law, Katie has been recognized several times as a Top Lawyer in Corporate and Business Law by the South Florida Legal Guide and Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, as a Florida Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, and as a Rising Star by American Lawyer Media/Daily Business Review and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of South Florida. In 2014, Katie was honored by the State Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) as a “Leader in the Law”, and currently serves as President of Miami-Dade FAWL for 2017-2018. She has served as the Chair of a Florida Bar Grievance Committee and on the Board of Directors for the Dade County Bar Association. Katie is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law’s Litigation Skills Program, the Vice-President of the Executive Board of Suited for Success/Dress for Success Miami, and the Advisory Board Chair for the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial High School. She also is the Vice-Chair of the City of Miami Beach’s Design Review Board.

The legal panelist for “On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren” on Fox News, and for Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” and “Mornings with Maria”, Katie frequently comments on the hottest, trending legal issues and cases. She also appears on other national TV and radio outlets, including NPR and WMAL, and for local TV programming such as WPLG/Ch. 10’s “This Week in South Florida” and CBS4.