Recent Cases & News

FEB 08
Successful plea deal reached

Gray Thomas and Bryan Gowdy, along with a team of other attorneys, assisted on a pro bono basis in the successful plea deal for Cristian Fernandez, who as 12-year-old was charged in adult court for first degree murder. You can read more about the resolution of the case at  

FEB 01
D. Gray Thomas joins Creed & Gowdy, P.A.

D. Gray Thomas joined Creed & Gowdy, P.A. as of counsel effective February 1,  2013. Mr. Thomas is a board-certified appellate specialist. With the addition of Mr. Thomas, Creed & Gowdy has three of the four board-certified appellate specialists in Jacksonville who are in private practice. Mr. Thomas, a 1992 graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law, has more than twenty years of legal experience. In addition to handling appeals and matters likely to be appealed, Mr. Thomas handles matters of criminal defense, civil rights, and bar admissions and discipline. Mr. Thomas will continue to maintain his own firm, the Law Office of D. Gray Thomas, primarily for his non-appellate work.

JAN 28
Bryan Gowdy to speak at Eleventh Circuit seminar

Bryan Gowdy will be a panel speaker at the Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute in Miami on February 7, 2013. The panel will be addressing electronic filing, expanded record excerpts, and other requirements in Eleventh Circuit practice.


JAN 04
Richardson spoke on a panel and authored an article on Bar involvement

Jennifer Shoaf Richardson served as a panelist for a professionalism CLE encouraging Tallahassee lawyers to get involved in The Florida Bar. Richardson currently serves as Florida Association for Women Lawyers liaison to the Bar's Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors.

Richardson wrote an article encouraging diverse members of the Bar to apply for appointments to Florida Bar Standing committee for the Business Section of the Tallahassee Democrat.  Read the article.

An article in The Florida Bar news, detailing how diveristy grants were used, quoted Richardson on the purposes of the Get Involved Tallahassee program.  Read the article.  

NOV 20
Bryan Gowdy elected JALA Board president

Bryan Gowdy was elected the president of the board of directors of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid for 2013.