Recent Cases & News

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.

JUL 11
Creed & Gowdy Attorneys Named Super Lawyers for 2022

The Super Lawyers list for 2022 has been released, and four Creed & Gowdy, P.A. attorneys have been named.

Rebecca Creed and Bryan Gowdy have been Top-Rated Appellate Attorneys in Florida for over 12 years. This year, Rebecca and Bryan were both ranked  Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers for 2022, while Rebecca was also named as one of the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Florida. And, the two have been ranked in the Top 25 Jacksonville Super Lawyers for 2022. These lists consist of the top-rated attorneys, as evaluated by peer recognition and professional achievement, in their areas of practice.

Thomas A. Burns, of counsel, was selected as a Top-Rated Appellate Attorney in Tampa for 2022 for the fourth year in a row.

D. Gray Thomas, of counsel, was selected as a Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Jacksonville.  Gray has been a Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorney for the last seven years. 

Selection to Super Lawyers is limited to a small number of attorneys. Creed & Gowdy is proud of our attorneys' continuous peer recognition and professional achievements!

JUN 24
Bryan Gowdy & Floyd Fagile Present at American Association for Justice Webinar

On June 24, 2022, Bryan Gowdy & Floyd Fagile presented at the American Association for Justice. The Webinar, titled "Medicaid Liens: How we got to Gallardo v. Marstiller and where do we go next?" was delivered over a video call. They reviewed the history of the Medicaid Act and its relationship to tort recoveries, and past litigation over Medicaid liens.  They focused specifically on the litigation history of Gallardo v. Marstiller and how decisional law on Medicaid liens changed as the case worked its way up to the Supreme Court level. More information about the presentation can be found here, along with a purchasable digital version of the Webinar.



JUN 06
U.S. Supreme Court Decides Gallardo v. Marstiller

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision today in Gallardo v. Martstiller, a case in which Creed & Gowdy represented a Medicaid beneficiary, Ms. Gianinna Gallardo.  Bryan Gowdy made this statement today in response to press inquiries:

We respect the Court's decision, though we are disappointed and agree with Justice Sotomayor's interpretation of the statutes. The decision, we believe, will harm Medicaid beneficiaries. We hope that Congress will consider amending the statutes.


MAY 26
Creed & Gowdy’s Client Prevails at the Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of Creed & Gowdy's client, Patty Davis.   The court held that the worker's compensation law did not preclude injured workers, like Ms. Davis, from filing suit under the Florida Consumer Collections Act against medical providers who improperly bill workers for medical services or items covered by worker's compensation insurance. Ms. Davis also was represented by Christa L. Collins of Collins Law PL and  Kristin A. Norse and Stuart C. Markman of Kynes, Markman & Felman, P.A., Tampa, Florida.