Recent Cases & News

MAR 19
Supreme Court of Florida Rules on Four Cases

The Supreme Court of Florida decided four cases ( Henry, Gridine, Falcon, and Horsley) that greatly enhance the rights of children who are convicted and sentenced in Florida's adult courts.   Bryan Gowdy wrote two amicus briefs for the Court, located here and here, on behalf of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.   You can read more about the cases at

JAN 15
Bryan Gowdy to serve as lecturer for the Florida Bar's Advanced Appellate Practice Section

Bryan Gowdy will serve as a lecturer for the Florida Bar's Advanced Appellate Practice & Certification Review 2015 in Tampa, Florida on January 15, 2015. Bryan's lecture will focus on Federal Appellate Practice in Florida.

JAN 07
Firm Prevails on Appeal Over Enforceability of Spousal Guarantee

Creed & Gowdy successfully defended an order finding that a wife was not discriminated against when asked to sign a personal guarantee for a corporate loan. The Fourth District Court of Appeal agreed that the trial court's order was supported by competent, substantial evidence; accordingly, the wife's personal guarantee was enforceable. Jessie Harrell and Bryan Gowdy briefed the appeal.  The opinion can be found here.

DEC 24
Firm Prevails on Adoption Appeal

Creed & Gowdy successfully overturned a trial court's ruling that denied a paternal grandmother the ability to adopt her grandchild. The Fifth District Court of Appeal held that the trial court applied the wrong standard when it dismissed the grandmother's petition for adoption and remanded for the trial court to appropriately consider the petition. Briefing was handled by Jessie Harrell and Bryan Gowdy. Bryan Gowdy conducted the oral argument.  The opinion can be found here.

DEC 19
Creed & Gowdy Wins in Tripping Hazard Appeal

Creed & Gowdy succeeded in overturning summary judgment in a trip-and-fall case. The Fifth District Court of Appeal held that the trial court erred in finding that a raised wooden plank on a busy deck during a Mardi Gras festival was an open and obvious condition. Briefing was done by Jennifer Shoaf Richardson. Oral argument was done by shareholder, Bryan Gowdy. The opinion can be found here.