Super Lawyers has announced its selection of top Florida lawyers for 2014 and Creed & Gowdy has once again made the list. Partners Rebecca Creed and Bryan Gowdy were both named among Florida's top lawyers in appellate practice. Jessie Harrell was designated a "Rising Star" in appellate practice. Bryan Gowdy was also listed as one of the Top 100 lawyers in the state across all practice groups.
Creed & Gowdy successfully defended an appeal filed by two obstetricians against a mother whose child had been injured at birth. The obstetricians argued that they had given timely notice of the limited rights and remedies available to the mother under Florida's Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Act (NICA). The Fifth District Court of Appeal sided with the mother, affirming without opinion the administrative law judge's ruling that the obstetricians failed to give proper notice.
A trucking company contested venue in the plaintiff's selected forum. The trial court denied the defendant's venue-transfer motion; Creed & Gowdy defended that order on appeal. The Fourth DCA affirmed the decision without opinion and without oral argument. Jessie Harrell and Rebecca Creed handled the appeal.
Bryan Gowdy wrote an editorial in the Florida Times-Union supporting a legislative bill to fix Florida's juvenile sentencing laws that have been ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Read the article here.
The appeal concerned an order directing a party and his counsel to pay our client's attorney's fees. On appeal, the Fifth DCA affirmed our client's entitlement to fees and remanded only for a determination on the amount of fees. The appellate court also directed the party and his attorney to pay our client's reasonable attorney's fees spent on appeal. The opinion can be found here. (Motion for rehearing was also denied). Jessie Harrell handled the appeal.