Meredith Ross

Meredith Ross

Curriculum Vitae

Sample Briefs

Spa Crest Manufacturing, Inc. v. Darryl Waters, et. al. in the Florida First District Court of Appeal
City of Jacksonville v. Robert Ratliff in the Florida First District Court of Appeal
CSX Transp., Inc. v. Belcher in the Florida First District Court of Appeal

Meredith A. Ross

Meredith Ross joined the firm in 2015 after spending over seven years working as a federal law clerk. Meredith served as a law clerk to the Honorable Susan H. Black of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for six years. She then clerked for the Honorable Patricia D. Barksdale of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida for a year and a half. Prior to working as a federal law clerk, Meredith worked as an associate in the Environmental and Toxic Tort group at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham, Alabama. During her time at Creed & Gowdy, Meredith has been repeatedly nominated as a Florida Super Lawyers "Rising Star".

Born and raised in Mississippi, Meredith earned her undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia. She received her law degree with high honors from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of Washington and Lee Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif.

Notable Cases:

  • Spa Crest Manufacturing Inc. v. WatersThe plaintiffs, a family injured when the defendant's employee crashed into the rear of their vehicle, had asked the trial court for separate trials on their distinct and independent claims for damages. The trial court agreed that separate trials were appropriate, and the defendant filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to quash the order. The First District Court of Appeals summarily denied the defendant's petition.
  • City of Jacksonville v. Ratliff. Successfully defended an appeal filed by the City of Jacksonville against a firefighter who filed a petition for workers' compensation benefits and requested authorization to treat with a cardiologist for his heart and hypertension1 issues, compensability, and attorney's fees. Because he was a firefighter suffering from heart disease, a statutory presumption that his work caused the heart disease was available to him under section 112.18, Florida Statutes, which establishes that certain health conditions resulting in a firefighter's disability or death, including heart disease, "shall be presumed to have been accidental and to have been suffered in the line of duty unless the contrary be shown by competent evidence." ยง 112.18(1)(a), Fla. Stat. (2014). The City stipulated that there was no evidence of heart disease on the Claimant's pre-employment physical exam. In a written opinion, the First District Court of Appeal sided with the firefighter.
  • Gallardo v. Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida declared parts of a Medicaid reimbursement statute preempted and unconstitutional, and enjoined the State of Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) from using it to enforce its liens in personal injury cases. On behalf of the clients and their incapacitated daughter, Meredith Ross and Bryan Gowdy filed for summary judgment to obtain declaratory and injunctive relief against AHCA. The summary judgment motion sought to invalidate, on preemption grounds, a state statute that AHCA invokes to collect reimbursement of past Medicaid payments from portions of the recipient's personal injury award/settlement representing future medical expenses. The district court agreed with Plaintiffs' position and concluded the Florida statute is preempted by federal law to the extent it permits AHCA to seek reimbursement from payments for future medical expenses, and to the extent it requires Medicaid recipients to rebut an arbitrary statutory formula with clear and convincing evidence.