Recent Cases & News

JUL 11
Creed & Gowdy Clients Want the Arbitration Case in the Florida Supreme Court to be Finalized

Lualhati and Jose Crespo, represented by Creed & Gowdy, claim the May decision in Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark should not affect the December decision on their medical malpractice case. Women's Care filed a motion to recall the mandate on July 3, 2017, as their second attempt for the high court to reexamine the case. Creed & Gowdy responded on July 10, 2017 arguing that the Court should not recall its mandate because the Kindred decision does not announce new law changing the outcome of this case and the Petitioner's argument concerning the FAA does not apply. To read the full Law360 article, click here.

JUN 23
Creed & Gowdy Successfully Defends Georgia Judgment for Injured Railroad Employee

Nathaniel Ross suffered a permanent injury to his knee as a result of a Georgia railroad's negligence. After the jury returned a just verdict for Mr. Ross, the railroad appealed, raising several issues in an effort to escape the verdict. Jessie Harrell wrote the answer brief and argued Mr. Ross's case before the Georgia Court of Appeals. The appellate court affirmed the judgment in favor of Mr. Ross, ruling against the railroad on every issue it raised on appeal.   

Read the order here

JUN 15
It's Official - All Creed & Gowdy attorneys are "Super Lawyers"

Super Lawyers has announced its selection of top Florida lawyers for 2017 and we are proud to announce that Creed & Gowdy has again made the list. This year, all of our attorneys have made the Super Lawyers list. Rebecca Creed, Bryan Gowdy, and Jessie Harrell are all named among Florida's top lawyers in appellate practice. Bryan Gowdy and Rebecca Creed are also listed in the Top 100 lawyers in Florida across all practice groups. Rebecca Creed and Jessie Harrell are listed as part of an elite group of women in the Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyers. Gray Thomas was selected as a Super Lawyer in criminal defense law, while Meredith Ross and Thomas Burns have been named "Rising Stars" in appellate practice. 

Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Florida.  Attorneys are selected by peer nominations and evaluations, as well as third-party research. For more information on Florida Super Lawyers, click here.

JUN 13
Florida Arbitration Decision Appealed to the United States Supreme Court

Dr. Eileen Hernandez and Women's Care Florida LLC filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court, appealing the Florida Supreme Court's decision from December 2016. Creed & Gowdy represented Lualhati and Jose Crespo in their state court appeals. The Florida Supreme Court ruled to void two provider-patient medical malpractice arbitrations agreements. The Petition argues that the interpretation of the Medical Malpractice Act was inconsistent with the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). Bryan Gowdy explained to Law360 that the FAA was never included in the Clinic's argument until the Motion for Rehearing, which was denied on February 27th. To read the full Law360 article, click here

MAY 25
Florida Ends Tampon Tax

The law suit that Creed & Gowdy filed in July of 2016 on the unconstitutionality of taxing feminine hygiene products is finally seeing relief in Florida. Starting in January, feminine hygiene products will be tax-exempt in the state of Florida.  Joining 13 other states and the District of Colombia on tax exempting feminine hygiene products, Floridians will save an average of $11 million per year. Gov. Rick Scott signed the $180 million tax cut package bill on Thursday, May 25, 2017 after it was approved in the Florida House of Representatives and Senate.

To read more, click here to read the article in the Tampa Bay Times and here to read the article in the Huffington Post.