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.
Rebecca Bowen Creed was recently selected as Chair-Elect of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Justice Association (FJA). She will begin her term as Chair of the FJA's Appellate Practice Section in June, 2015
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.