Thomas Burns has been named as a Florida Bar Board Certified Appellate Specialist. Board certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and also requires that the lawyer display the highest levels of professionalism and ethics in practice. Only seven percent of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified. Thomas is now the fifth member of the firm to achieve board certification in appellate practice, joining Rebecca Creed, Bryan Gowdy, Jessie Harrell and D. Gray Thomas. To learn more about The Florida Bar board certification rules, policies, and standards of becoming a board certified specialist, click here.
Gray Thomas will serve as co-chair of the 2016 Criminal Law Certification Review Seminar presented by the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers April 14th and 15th in Tampa. The seminar will provide an advanced level review course offered for prosecutors, judges and defense lawyers, including those preparing to taking the criminal law board certification exam given annually by The Florida Bar, addressing criminal trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts.
Gray Thomas was quoted extensively in a three-part series by writer Julie Delegal in Context Florida, an online network of articles and opinions that discusses issues and politics in Florida. Ms. Delegal's articles discuss how lawmakers ignored warnings about Florida's death-penalty sentencing law, and focuses on a death penalty sentencing procedure in which a unanimous jury decision is not required to impose a death sentence.
Bryan Gowdy will be speaking at the upcoming Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar on March 30th in Orlando, Florida. This year the Workhorse Seminar is celebrating its 30th anniversary. During the three day seminar, Mr. Gowdy give a presentation titled "The Six Most Impactful Case Law Decisions - (State and Federal) - in Product Liability Law in the Last 18 Months."
Rebecca Creed will co-chair the 2016 Florida Justice Association's Collateral Sources Webinar, to be held on May 5th. Ms. Creed will co-chair with Jason Lazarus of Synergy Settlement Services in Orlando.