Creed & Gowdy was one of four law firms representing a class of customers who sued Bank of America for charging overdraft fees. Creed & Gowdy served as lead appellate counsel for the class. The federal district court in the Southern District of California approved the class's settlement with the bank. In its order, the court stated the following about the law firms representing the class: "Class Counsel achieved this result through tenacity and great skill. In all of their written submissions and in their presentation at the Final Approval Hearing, Class Counsel's arguments were laudably clear and precise, no small feat given the complexity of the legal questions at issue here. It is clear that substantial preparation went into all of Class Counsel's work on this case."
Bryan Gowdy and of-counsel, Thomas Burns, have both been selected as Florida Legal Elite for 2018 in appellate practice by Florida Trend Magazine. This selection represents fewer than 1.2% of the active Florida Bar members practicing in Florida and is a peer recognition program.
We are proud to announce that every attorney in our firm was selected as a Florida Super Lawyer for 2018. Rebecca Creed was selected for Appellate Practice for the 13th year in a row. Bryan Gowdy was selected as Top 100 in Florida. Thomas Burns was selected for Appellate Practice, Gray Thomas was selected for Criminal Defense, and Meredith Ross and Daniel Mahfood were selected as Rising Stars. Read about more Super Lawyer designations here.
Thomas A. Burns, of counsel to Creed & Gowdy, won a $2.5m Medicare fraud conspiracy that went to a 10-day jury trial and then on appeal in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Thomas argued the case in April, and today was issued an opinion that reversed three of his client's convictions for insufficient evidence. Due to something called the "sentence-package doctrine," the 11th Circuit remanded for resentencing on the client's remaining counts. But, as a corollary of that doctrine, the district court will now be able to take into account any rehabilitation the client engaged in during her imprisonment. Read the entire opinion here.
In a 7 minute hearing on Tuesday morning, Terrence Graham's sentence was brought in to compliance with Florida law, requiring that juveniles serving lengthy sentences are allowed the opportunity to have their sentences reviewed for potential early release. His 25-year sentence will now be reviewable after he's served 20 years, which isn't until 2023. Bryan Gowdy, Graham's long-time attorney, plans to appeal this modified sentence. Gowdy believes that Graham should have a review in front of a judge at 15 years, which is at the end of this year, instead of 5 years from now. Read more about Graham and Gowdy's fight for a fair sentence here and here.