Rebecca Bowen Creed
Rebecca Creed is a Florida Bar board-certified appellate specialist who
has handled many appeals before the state and federal courts. She
is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed as
a " Legal Elite" in Florida by Florida Trend
magazine and as a " Super Lawyer," recognized among the top
5% of Florida lawyers, as designated by Law and Politics
Born and raised in North Carolina, Rebecca earned her
undergraduate degree in English from the University of Virginia.
She received her law degree with honors from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a staff member of the
North Carolina Law Review and was elected to the Order of the
After law school, Rebecca joined a Greensboro, North Carolina
law firm, where she first developed an interest in civil litigation
and appeals. Following her marriage to a coastal engineer, she
moved to Florida and joined the Jacksonville law firm of Baumer,
Bradford & Walters, P.A., where she focused on commercial and
appellate litigation in the state and federal courts. She became a
shareholder of Baumer, Bradford & Walters in 1998.
In the fall of 2000, Baumer, Bradford merged with the
established Atlanta law firm of Smith, Gambrell &
Russell, LLP. While a partner with Smith Gambrell, Rebecca
handled appeals in the state and federal courts on civil and
Rebecca joined the firm in January 2003 to focus exclusively on
appellate litigation. Since then, her practice has included civil,
commercial, criminal, and family law appellate matters, together
with medical malpractice and personal injury appeals. She became an
equal shareholder in the firm effective January 2007.
Rebecca has served as the chair of
the appellate law section of the Jacksonville Bar Association and
is an alumnus of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, where she was a
barrister. She served as the chair of the Appellate Practice Guide,
a publication of the Florida Bar's Appellate Practice
Section. She is a Master in both the First District Appellate
American Inn of Court and the Florida Family Law American Inn of
Court. In 2014, she received the Florida Justice Association's S.
Victor Tipton Award.
- Bennett v.
St. Vincent's Medical Center, Inc. Ms. Creed represented
parents of a severely brain-damaged infant. On appeal to the
Supreme Court of Florida, the parents successfully challenged an
overly broad statutory interpretation of Florida's Birth-Related
Neurological Injury Compensation Plan (NICA).
- Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v.
Harrell. Ms. Creed represented a privately-insured plaintiff
injured in an automobile accident by an underinsured
motorist. The First District Court of Appeal ruled that the
plaintiff had the right to present evidence to the jury of the
gross amount of her total medical bills - rather than the lesser
amount actually paid by the private health insurer.
- Overview and Analysis of Recent Changes to the Florida
Rules of Appellate Procedure, Florida Justice Association
Journal, January/February 2016.
- Discussion with the Florida Supreme Court: A Reminder of
Our Responsibilities as Florida Lawyers, The Record (Fall
- New Appellate Rule for Probate and Guardianship
Proceedings, Fla. Bar Journal, Sept.-Oct. 2012, at 58,
co-authored with Jennifer Shoaf Richardson.
- "Practice-Specific Trends and Recurring Issues: Family Law
Appeals," Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar: Practicing
Before the First District Court of Appeal 2022 (April 8, 2022)
- Moderator, "Panel Presentation on the New Summary Judgment
Standard," Jacksonville Justice Association Annual Seminar
(November 12, 2021)
- "Case Law Update on Proposals for Settlement," Jacksonville
Justice Association Third Quarterly Meeting (August 26, 2021)
- Panelist, "PFS Involving Insurance Companies," Florida Justice
Association: Proposals for Settlement Webinar (July 16, 2021)
- "Final vs. Non-Final Orders," Florida Family Law American Inn
of Court Appeals 101: Tips to Avoid Traps for the Unwary (January
- "Proposals for Settlement: Strategies of Settling a Case,"
Jacksonville Justice Association Annual Seminar (November 22,
- "Deposition Do's and Don'ts,"
Florida Justice Association Annual Convention (June 12,
- "Has the Proposal Been 'Beaten'?"
Florida Justice Association: Proposals for Settlement
Webinar (March 29,
- "Jury Selection: Case Law You
Need to Know for Great Jury Selection," Florida Justice
Association: Christian D. Searcy Voir Dire Institute (August 5,
- "An Appellate Perspective: What
Trial Lawyers Need to Know," Florida Justice Association: Advanced
Trial Skills Seminar (June 2018)
- "The Record-Perspectives on
Preservation from the Bench and Bar," Jacksonville Bar
Association's Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Seminar (Feb. 25,
- "Offers of Judgment: Proposals for
Justice Association CLE Webinar (Oct. 30, 2015)
- "The Right and Wrong Way to Select a Jury:
Tips from an Appellate Practitioner," Florida Justice Association Jury Selection
Seminar (Sept. 19, 2013)