Attorneys of Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Fariñas LLC
BERNADETTE RESTIVO, ESQUIRE
Bernadette Restivo, Esquire of Tavernier, Florida is the Managing Partner of Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Fariñas LLC. Restivo has been licensed to practice law in the State of Florida since 2001. She is also licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio, and is admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
Restivo received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Government and Communications from The American University in Washington, D.C. in 1982. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The University of Toledo, Ohio in 1987. Ms. Restivo received her Juris Doctorate from The University of Toledo, Ohio in 1999.
She is an active member of San Pedro Catholic Church in Tavernier, Florida where she is a member of the choir, and she also cantors Mass at Saint Justin’s Catholic Church in Key Largo. She is a member of the Key Players and has appeared in several musical productions over the last three years. She is a board member for the Upper Keys Christmas Project and is appearing in their upcoming production at Coral Shores High School. Additionally, she is a former board member of the Domestic Abuse Shelter and a member of the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce. She is the mother of 3 adult children.
Restivo was formerly the Senior Attorney for the Department of Children and Families in Monroe County, Florida and was counsel for the Guardian ad Litem Program of Monroe County. Prior to moving to Florida, Ms. Restivo was in private practice in the State of Ohio.
Restivo is a former chairman of the Lucas County, Ohio, Republican Party and the Lucas County, Ohio, Board of Elections. She was a member of the Republican National Committee Rules Committee in 2004, and was a Bush Delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention.
JESSICA REILLY, ESQUIRE
Jessica Reilly, Esquire, of Key Largo, FL, is a Partner in Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Fariñas LLC. Ms. Reilly has fifteen years of litigation and trial experience, which began in 1997 when she was an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County (she remained with the State Attorney’s Office until 2000). Ms. Reilly then worked on the landmark case of Buettner v. Bertelsmann AG, which was awarded the highest jury verdict in California in 2003. Ms. Reilly next worked in Manhattan with the boutique litigation firm of Engel & McCarney, LLC, where she defended hedge fund managers accused by then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer of “market timing.”
Reilly moved to Monroe County, FL in 2006 after she accepted a position in the local law firm of Hersoff, Lupino & Yagel, where she was teamed with the AV rated “preeminent” attorney Jay Hershoff until 2010.
Reilly is presently a board member on the Key Largo Preservation Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Montessori Academy of the Upper Keys, and is an Advisory board member of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.
Reilly received a Bachelor’s degree from the American University in 1992, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 1997. Reilly is a member of the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida. She and her husband are the parents of 4 children.
ELENA VIGIL-FARIÑAS, ESQUIRE
Elena Vigil-Fariñas is a graduate of the University of Miami Law School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. She has been practicing Criminal and Family Law for over 20 years in Miami and Key Largo. She has also been admitted to practice before the Federal Court in the Southern District of Florida.
She has donated hundreds of pro bono hours in the Family Division and has served as a Guardian ad Litem on many cases. A native of Cuba, she nows works closely with the Hispanic community in South Florida. She is one of only a few Bi-Lingual attorneys practicing in Monroe County.
Elena and her husband, Bernie, are the new owners of The Marlin Restaurant in Key Largo. They are the parents of 4 adults children and the grandparents of 3 beautiful children.
LORA DAMIANI, ESQUIRE
Lora Damiani, Esquire, of Key Largo, Florida, is Of Counsel with Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Fariñas LLC in Key Largo. Damiani has over twenty years’ experience as an attorney with a concentration in personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice and complex litigation, including the Engle class action lawsuit against the tobacco industry.
Damiani received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She practiced as a critical care nurse for over ten years in Miami, Florida and in Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree.
Damiani heads her own firm, Lora Damiani, P.A., and has practiced in collaboration with many nationally recognized firms in Miami, Florida as both a medical-legal specialist and a trial attorney. She has trial experience in all aspects of personal injury litigation including tobacco litigation. She was a member of a plaintiff’s trial team that defeated three major tobacco companies in trial in Broward County, Florida and obtained a verdict of over $15,000,000.00.
Damiani has been a resident of Key Largo for more than thirty-five years.
THOMAS HAMPTON, ESQUIRE
Thomas Hampton, Esquire, of Key West, Florida, is Of Counsel with Restivo & Riley, LLC, in Key Largo, Florida. Mr. Hampton has been licensed to practice law in the State of Florida since 2004 and previously practiced law in the State of Illinois.
Mr. Hampton received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas in 1994. He received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. Honors and distinctions received while in law school included: Editor in Chief of The Washington University Environmental Law Review; member of the Civil Justice Clinic; and Chairperson of the Justice Wiley B. Rutledge Moot Court Board, one of the oldest and largest moot court programs in the country.
Mr. Hampton is currently the Supervising Attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program for the 16th Judicial Circuit, in Monroe County, Florida. He was also an associate at the law offices of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A., in the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, where he practiced in insurance law, premises liability, and general liability defense.
Mr. Hampton is very active in promoting the Guardian ad Litem Program and in the recruiting of volunteer Guardians to do the important work of representing children under court supervision who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. He and his long time partner live in Key West, Florida with their two Labrador Retrievers.
WILLIAM “BOU” BOSSO, ESQUIRE
Born and raised in Jupiter, Florida, Bou visited Islamorada for the first time at the age of six months old. His family would make this a summer tradition that stands to this day. In Islamorada, Bou developed an immense passion for flats-fishing and began to fly fish at eight years old. At the age of 18, Bou obtained his captains license and began guiding during the summer months out of Papa Joe’s Marina in Islamorada.
In 2007, Bou graduated from the University of North Florida with a Hospital Administration degree and immediately moved to Islamorada to follow his passion and guide flats-fishing charters full time out of the La Siesta Marina in Islamorada. In 2009, he started law school at Florida International University while continuing to work as a flats guide full time.
Bou graduated from FIU law school in December of 2012 and passed the Florida Bar Exam in February 2013. Bou has been awarded the Guide to Grand Champion Award two times in the Islamorada Fall Fly Bonefish Tournament, as well as Guide to First Runner Up Award in the Outback Golden-Fly Tarpon Tournament. Bou plans to continue his fishing career combined with his new legal career.