Recent Cases & News

MAY 02
Nick McNamara Published in The Florida Bar Journal

The May/June 2024 edition of the Florida Bar Journal features an article authored by Creed & Gowdy's Nick McNamara. The article discusses the Florida Supreme Court's express adoption of textualism and provides a brief primer on textualist advocacy.


MAR 06
Bryan Gowdy Argues Taxi Medallion Case in Florida’s Supreme Court

Bryan Gowdy went before the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 6th, for oral argument. The hour-long oral argument focused on whether taxi medallions, considered valuable assets by Hillsborough County transportation companies, should be recognized as "private property" under the Florida Constitution. Read here an article discussing the argument.

DEC 07
Bryan Gowdy to serve as the moderator for the 2023 ACS Supreme Court Review

Bryan Gowdy will serve as the moderator for the 2023 American Constitution Society's Supreme Court Preview. The one-hour seminar will cover the Florida Supreme Court's significant cases and rule amendments in 2023 and will discuss what to expect from the Court in 2024.  A former justice of the Court, Peggy Quince, will provide her perspective. Panelists include Peggy Quince, Rachel Furst, Benedict Kuehne, and Lance Curry. The Seminar will be held on December 7th at 12 noon via Zoom. Click here to view the recording of the presentation. 

NOV 29
Thomas Burns wins Appeal in the Eleventh Circuit

On November 29, of counsel Thomas Burns won a pain clinic appeal in the Eleventh Circuit. His client, a pain physician, had been convicted of one count of conspiracy and three substantive counts of illegally distributing opioids after a contentious 16-day jury trial in early 2019. Initially, after briefing and oral argument, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the convictions and sentence in December 2021. But in October 2022, the Supreme Court granted Thomas's certiorari petition, vacated that decision, and remanded the case for reconsideration in light of Ruan v. United States, 142 S. Ct. 2370 (2022). After supplemental briefing and a second oral argument on remand, the Eleventh Circuit issued a unanimous precedential 57-page opinion vacating the substantive counts and remanding for retrial and resentencing. The Court agreed with Thomas's argument that the jointly proposed jury instructions didn't qualify as invited error and were plainly erroneous because they misstated the crime's mens rea requirements.

OCT 28
Bryan Gowdy & Thomas Burns to attend the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence

Bryan Gowdy & Thomas Burns were invited to the Supreme Court of the United States to attend the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence. This Awards Ceremony celebrates individuals who have contributed their talent, time, energy, and resources to furthering the ideals of the American Inns of Court. The Honorable Susan H. Black, circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, was selected to receive the prestigious 2023 American Inns of Court Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics. 

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