Creed & Gowdy successfully defended an appeal filed by the City of Jacksonville against a firefighter who missed work after his doctor advised him his hypertension and coronary artery disease required him to undergo catheterization. The City contended the days of work the firefighter missed during recovery from catheterization were not a result of his heart disease and should not be covered by workers compensation. In a written opinion, the First District Court of Appeal sided with the firefighter. Bryan Gowdy and Jennifer Shoaf Richardson handled the appeal. Read the opinion here.
Bryan Gowdy, Rebecca Creed, and D. Gray Thomas are all included in the newest publication of The Best Lawyers in America. Bryan and Rebecca are both listed in the area of appellate law. Gray is listed in the areas of Appellate Practice; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; and Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar law.
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Rebecca Creed & Bryan Gowdy were recently recognized in the 2014 edition of Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite. The list of honorees, published in the July issue of Florida Trend magazine, includes attorneys in private practice, as well as government and non-profit attorneys. Attorneys named as Legal Elite are chosen by a peer review process in which actively practicing Florida attorneys are asked to name the attorneys that they hold in highest regard. The entire Legal Elite report can be viewed here.
Creed & Gowdy represented a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case whose amended complaint included a count for corporate negligence. The hospital defendant challenged the amendment because plaintiff did not provide presuit notice, with a corroborating expert affidavit, for the specific claim of corporate negligence. Plaintiff had otherwise pre-suited the malpractice claim. The First District Court of Appeal dismissed the defendant's petition for writ of certiorari without opinion. Briefing was done by Bryan Gowdy and Jennifer Richardson. Jessie Harrell handled the oral argument. Thanks to the speed of the decision in this case, the trial could proceed as scheduled.
Associate Jenny Shoaf Richardson has been elected to serve as Membership Director on the Executive Board of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL). FAWL has over 3,000 members statewide and has the mission of promoting gender equality and leadership for members in the legal profession, judiciary, and community at large.