Bryan Gowdy

Bryan Gowdy

Curriculum Vitae

Sample Briefs

Gallardo v. Marstiller in the Supreme Court of the United States
Wilsonart, LLC, et al. v. Miguel Lopez, et al. in the Supreme Court of Florida
Tsuji v. Fleet In the Supreme Court of Florida
Graham v. Florida in the Supreme Court of the United States

Sample Oral Arguments

Wilsonart, LLC, et al. v. Miguel Lopez, et al. in the Supreme Court of Florida (10/8/2020)
Graham v. Florida in the Supreme Court of the United States (11/9/2009)
Gallardo v. Marstiller in the Supreme Court of the United States (01/10/2022)

Bryan Gowdy

Bryan Gowdy is a board-certified appellate lawyer.  His practice is limited to handling appeals, post-conviction motions, and trial support for matters likely to be appealed.  His practice encompasses all substantive areas of the law, including plaintiff's injury and products liability, commercial cases, criminal law, and family law. He has briefed and orally argued appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, several U.S. Courts of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Florida, and all five of Florida's district courts of appeal.  He is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been selected as a Top 100 in Florida Super Lawyer, Top 25 in Jacksonville Super Lawyer, and a "Legal Elite" by Florida Trend Magazine.   In 2019, Mr. Gowdy began serving as the Chair for the Florida Justice Association Amicus Curiae Committee.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Gowdy was with the national law firm of McGuireWoods LLP, where he primarily handled commercial litigation at the trial and appellate level.  Mr. Gowdy began his legal career as a law clerk for federal judges at the trial and appellate level.  Mr. Gowdy attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he was first in his class, a member of the Order of the Coif, and the management editor of the Florida Law Review. 

Before law school, Mr. Gowdy was an active-duty surface warfare officer in the United States Navy, and he graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Notable Cases:

  • Graham v. Florida.  Mr. Gowdy represented a teenager sentenced to life without parole for an armed burglary.  For the first time in its history, the U.S. Supreme Court categorically applied the Eighth Amendment's cruel and unusual punishment clause to a non-capital punishment, and it declared unconstitutional all life-without-parole sentences imposed on juveniles for non-homicides.  The ruling invalidated in part the juvenile sentencing laws of thirty-seven states, the federal government, and the District of Columbia.
  • Garcia-Bengochea v. Carnival Corp.   Mr. Gowdy represents a descendant of an American citizen whose property was confiscated by the Castro regime in 1960. In 1996, Congress enacted the LIBERTAD Act (a/k/a Helms-Burton Act). The Act allows owners of claims to properties confiscated by the Cuban government to seek compensation from a person who "engages in a commercial activity using or otherwise benefiting from [the] confiscated property." 22 U.S.C. ยง 6023(13)(A)(ii). The right to sue under the Act was suspended from 1996 until 2019, when the Trump administration ended the suspension. The case is still pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
  • Charles v. S. Baptist Hosp. of Fla., Inc.  Mr. Gowdy represented a patient who exercised her right under a state constitutional amendment, commonly known as Amendment 7, to request access to a hospital's adverse incident reports. The Supreme Court of Florida reversed a lower appellate court's holding that Amendment 7 was preempted by the federal Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act.
  • Adinolfe v. United Technologies Corp.  Mr. Gowdy represented hundreds of homeowners claiming damages for diminution of property value due to contamination from nearby industrial facility. The Eleventh Circuit reversed the district court's dismissal with prejudice by holding, among other things, that Florida law did not require homeowners to plead or prove actual contamination of their properties to seek damages for the diminution in their property values caused by the nearby contamination.
  • G.S. v. T.B.  Mr. Gowdy represented maternal grandparents who were seeking to adopt their orphaned grandchildren.  The Supreme Court of Florida answered a question of great public importance and ruled that a court may not deny an adoption petition simply to preserve the orphaned children's relationship with non-parental relatives who have not filed a petition for adoption.

Recent Publications:

  • What does your Amicus Committee do (and not do)?, Florida Justice Association Journal (September/October 2020)
  • Amendment 7 Lives Again But Be Prepared for More Attempts to Kill It, Florida Justice Association Journal (March/April 2017)
  • Get Your Client's Treating Physician Paid Reasonable Fees for Deposition and Trial Testimony, Florida Justice Association Journal (September 2014) (co-author: Jennifer Shoaf Richardson)
  • Dealing with the Media in a U.S. Supreme Court Case, The Defender (Summer 2014)
  • Four Years Later: Terrance Graham's Attorney on Issues Created by the Landmark Decision, The Defender (Winter 2013/2014)

Speaking Engagements:

  • "Medicaid Liens: How We Got to Gallardo v. Marstiller and Where Do We Go From Here?," American Association for Justice Webinar (June 24, 2022)
  • "Appellate Attorney's Fees," The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, Practicing Before the Florida First District Court of Appeal (April 8, 2022)
  • "U.S. Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy," University of Florida, Levin College of Law (March 22, 2022)
  • "Gallardo v. Marstiller," American Constitution Society, Florida Chapters (March 1, 2022)
  • Florida's Intrest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program," Jacksonville Bar Association, 2021 Presentation of Pins Pro Bono Celebration (June 5, 2021)
  • "2021 Annual Review & Legislative Case Law Update," Florida Justice Association Annual Convention, Orlando, FL (June 11, 2021)
  • "Supreme Court Preview: The 2020-21 Term," The Federalist Society Jacksonville Chapter Webinar (October 5, 2020) 
  • "How to Argue To A Textualist Judge," Florida Justice Association Appellate Practice Seminar (June 25, 2020)
  • "Constitutional Limits on the Emergency Powers of the Political Branches of Government - The COVID-19 Executive Orders," The Federalist Society Jacksonville Chapter Webinar (May 12, 2020)
  • "Practical Tips for Telephonic and Zoom Oral Arguments," Appellate Practice Section Webinar CLE (May 11, 2020)
  • "A Course in Legal Writing," Appeals for the Pro Bono Practitioner, Orlando, FL (February 5, 2020)
  • "57.105 Motions and Defense: Motions for Fraud on the Court," Florida Justice Association Webinar CLE (August 27, 2019)
  • "Then and Now: Graham v. State of Florida," Catholic Lawyers Guild Luncheon, Jacksonville, FL (May 14, 2019)
  • "Medical Malpractice Arbitration, Florida Justice Association," Masters of Justice Seminar (October 15, 2018)
  • "Getting You and Your Client Paid without having to Prove Bad Faith," Jacksonville Justice Association Annual Seminar (December 1, 2017)