Recent Cases & News

AUG 25
Nick Mcnamara & Dimitrios Peteves present at the Jacksonville Justice Association about common errors in preservation

Nick McNamara and Dimitri Peteves had the honor of presenting at the Jacksonville Justice Association's third quarterly meeting about common errors in preservation. Their presentation was designed to help trial attorneys preserve issues for appeal, and it was made from the perspective of two former appellate law clerks. Nick and Dimitri addressed preservation requirements that arise throughout the duration of a case-from the pleadings to post-trial motions.

AUG 24
Eighth Circuit Win for Creed & Gowdy

Dimitri Peteves and Bryan Gowdy successfully defended a jury verdict in a products-liability case that awarded the plaintiff $1,050,000 in compensatory damages and $2,500,000 in punitive damages. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the district court's denial of defendant's motion for a new trial and defendant's motion for judgment as a matter of law on the issue of punitive damages. The case concerned a metal-on-metal hip-replacement device, which the jury determined was defectively designed.

 

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AUG 18
Announcing the 2023 The Best Lawyers in America® Honorees

The 29th edition of The Best Lawyers in America┬« has been released, and three Creed & Gowdy, P.A. attorneys have been named. 

Rebecca Creed and Bryan Gowdy were named for the Appellate Practice category, while D. Gray Thomas, of counsel, was named for Appellate Practice, Criminal Defense: General Practice and Criminal Defense: White-Collar.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 12.2 million confidential evaluations by top attorneys.   Only the top 5.3% of all practicing lawyers in the U.S. were selected by their peers for inclusion.

AUG 17
Creed & Gowdy Wins Family Law Appeal in the First District Court of Appeal

On appeal from the trial court's verbatim adoption of Former Husband's proposed judgment, Rebecca Creed secured a victory for our client, Former Wife. The trial court misclassified and misvalued the parties' assets and liabilities in favor of Former Husband, unequally distributed those assets and liabilities again in favor of Former Husband, and then denied Former Wife's requests for alimony and attorney's fees.

While counsel for Former Husband argued that the lopsided distribution was within the trial court's power to do equity, the First District Court of Appeal disagreed. The Court ruled that the trial court should have considered and correctly applied "the steps outlined in the dissolution statute" before deciding  to unequally divide assets and liabilities. The case was reversed on every issue and remanded to the trial court.

To read the opinion, click here.

AUG 02
Creed & Gowdy Wins Appeal on Personal Jurisdiction

The First District Court of Appeal recently ruled in favor of Creed & Gowdy's client, Shaun Murphy. After his former wife filed a petition in Florida to clarify and enforce a 1999 out-of-state dissolution judgment, Mr. Murphy-a North Carolina resident-moved to dismiss the action for lack of personal jurisdiction. Although the trial court denied Mr. Murphy's motion, the First District reversed. Finding that the record lacked any basis to support jurisdiction over the former husband, the Court agreed with Creed & Gowdy that denial of the motion to dismiss was legal error. The First District instructed the trial court, on remand, to dismiss the former wife's petition. Rebecca Creed briefed the appeal.

Read the opinion here.