Recent Cases & News

AUG 31
Bryan Gowdy Argues to Florida Supreme Court on Appellate Rule Amendment

On August 31, 2021, Bryan Gowdy, on behalf of the Florida Justice Association and others, presented oral argument before the Florida Supreme Court.  He argued the implications of changing the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure to allow for the immediate appeal of orders granting or denying leave to plead claims for punitive damages.

 To listen to the oral argument, click here.

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AUG 27
Creed & Gowdy Obtains Reversal of $300,000 Fee Order

The Fifth District Court of Appeal granted a petition filed by Dimitri Peteves and Bryan Gowdy. The case involved an approximate $300,000 fee order stemming from a county court action. Mr. Peteves and Mr. Gowdy successfully persuaded the appellate court that the trial court exceeded the scope of its mandate in awarding attorney's fees. 

JUL 07
Creed & Gowdy Attorneys Named Super Lawyers for 2021

The Super Lawyers list for 2021 has been released, and four Creed & Gowdy, P.A. attorneys have been named.

Rebecca Creed and Bryan Gowdy have been Top-Rated Appellate Attorneys in Jacksonville, FL for over the past 11 years.  This year, Rebecca and Bryan were ranked  Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers for 2021.  Rebecca and Bryan have also been ranked  Top 25 Jacksonville Super Lawyers for 2021.  This list consists of the top-rated attorneys evaluated by peer recognition and professional achievement in their area of practice.

Thomas A. Burns, of Counsel, was selected as a  Top-Rated Appellate Attorney in Tampa, FL for 2021 for the third year in a row.

D. Gray Thomas, of Counsel, was selected as a  Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Jacksonville, FL.  Gray has been a Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorney for the last six years. 

Being selected to Super Lawyers is limited to a small number of attorneys in each state. As some of the few attorneys named Super Lawyers, Creed & Gowdy is proud of our attorney's continuous peer recognition and professional achievements!

JUL 07
Rebecca Creed Ranked Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyers Again!

Rebecca Creed has been ranked among the Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers List since 2006.  For the third year in a row, Rebecca has been ranked as  Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyers.

Creed & Gowdy is proud of her repeated peer and professional recognition.

JUL 02
U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari for Creed & Gowdy Medicaid Case

In March, Creed & Gowdy attorneys Bryan Gowdy and Meredith Ross, along with co-counsel, filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of their client, Ms. Gianinna Gallardo. Today, the Supreme Court granted the petition. To view the Supreme Court's order list, click here. Creed & Gowdy will now begin work on their merits brief.

The question presented is:  Under the Medicaid Act, may Florida and the other States recover Medicaid payments of a beneficiary's past medical expenses by taking from the portion of a beneficiary's tort recovery that compensates for future medical expenses? The Florida Supreme Court has answered "no" to this question and ruled that Florida may not take from such portions of tort recoveries. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled the opposite and authorized Florida to take such portions. Nationally, courts and state legislatures are divided on the answer to this question.  The petition asks the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve this conflict by answering the question as the Florida Supreme Court did and to ensure the Medicaid Act is applied the same in all the States to identically situated beneficiaries.

The case docket and petition for certiorari can be viewed  here and  here.

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