Not many attorneys would describe themselves as an activist, but Giugi Carminati bucks the trend in more ways than one. After years in the business space at a large firm, Carminati stepped out on her own to create a practice to bridge the gap in legal services for marginalized individuals.
Now, Carminati is trying to change the way the law views sexual assault and domestic violence cases at a time when these incidents are being brought to the fore. Carminati aims to normalize the inclusion of sexual assault and domestic violence cases under the personal injury practice umbrella. She frames assault and battery against a victim as compensable injuries, an intentional tort. She primarily aims to represent women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community. Carminati opened her firm, The Woman’s Lawyer, last year.
“The most challenging part of it has been trying to balance that point where you have too much work to do it on your own but not enough work to hire someone,” she said.
Carminati worked on two sexual assault and domestic violence cases in Denver this year involving the same defendant. Her sexual assault case went to trial in federal district court, but lost. They settled in the domestic violence case. The cases earned her a nomination as a 2018 Colorado Rising Star in Personal Injury by Super Lawyers.