Bryan Gowdy

Bryan Gowdy

Curriculum Vitae

Sample Briefs

Graham v. Florida in the Supreme Court of the United States
Mid-Continent Casualty Company v. James T. Treace and Angeline G. Treace in the District Court of Appeal, Fifth District of Florida

Sample Oral Arguments

Shaun Lesnik v. Duval Ford, LLC, a Florida corp. et al. in the Florida First District Court of Appeal (11/12/15)
Eileen Hernandez, M.D., et al., v. Lualhati Crespo, et al. in the Supreme Court of Florida (10/7/15)
Graham v. Florida Transcript in the Supreme Court of the United States (11/9/2009)
Graham v. Florida Audio in the Supreme Court of the United States (11/9/2009)

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, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Supreme Court of Florida, and 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 and a Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine.

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:

  • Charles v. S. Baptist Hosp. of Florida, Inc. Mr. Gowdy represented a patient who exercised her right under a state constitutional amendment, commonly known as Amendment 7, to request access to all of a hospital's adverse incident reports. The Supreme Court of Florida held, contrary to a lower court's decision, that Amendment 7 was not preempted by the federal Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act.  The U.S. Supreme Court denied the hospital's petition for certiorari.
  • Hernandez v. Crespo. Mr. Gowdy represented a patient and her husband who sued her physicians for medical malpractice. The Supreme Court of Florida held that the arbitration agreement between the patient and her physicians was unenforceable under Florida's Medical Malpractice Act.  The U.S. Supreme Court denied the physicians' petition for certiorari.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Recent Publications:

  • 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)

Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • "Electronic Brief Reading & Writing," Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute, Atlanta, GA (October 27, 2016)
  • "Amendment 7/PSO Privilege," Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Trail Lawyers Section, Tampa, FL (March 11, 2016 (co-presented with Andrew Bolin))
  • "Advanced Appellate Practice and Certification Review, Federal Practice," Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, Tampa, FL (January 14, 2016)
  • "Inside the First DCA, Appellate Attorney's Fees," Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section, Tallahassee, FL (April 10, 2015) (co-presented with Courtney Brewer)
  • "Lecture, Discussion of Adinolfe v. United Technologies Corp. 768 F. 3d 1161 (11th Cir. 2014)," Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville, FL (April 2, 2015)