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Bryan Gowdy is a Florida Bar board-certified
appellate specialist who has briefed and argued numerous appeals in
state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme
Court of Florida. AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell,
Bryan is listed as a “Legal
” by Florida Trend magazine and as a “Super
” in the top 5% of Florida lawyers by Law and Politics


Raised in Tampa, Bryan Gowdy received his undergraduate
degree in international economics from the School of Foreign Service
at Georgetown University, where he played NCAA Division I soccer and
was a scholarship Naval ROTC student. After graduation, Bryan served
as an active-duty naval line officer on ships home-ported in Italy and
Japan and deployed to the Persian Gulf. Bryan later entered the Naval
Reserves and became commanding officer of a 60-person reserve unit.


After leaving active-duty, Bryan returned home to Florida
and entered the University of Florida College of Law, where he graduated
first in his class. He also was inducted into the Order of the Coif
and served as Management Editor of the Florida Law Review.


After law school, Bryan served as a judicial law clerk,
first for Judge Maurice M. Paul of the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of Florida and then for Judge Susan H. Black of the U. S. Court
of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Following his clerkship with Judge
Black, Bryan joined the Jacksonville office of McGuire
, where he practiced primarily commercial litigation at the
trial and appellate level. Bryan handled appeals in state and federal
courts on commercial and class action matters, as well as some matters
of family law, post-conviction relief, and civil rights.


Bryan subsequently joined Rebecca Creed at the firm
to be a full-time appellate lawyer. In addition to his work in commercial
matters and class actions, Bryan’s substantive practice runs the
gamut from criminal to family law to personal injury and products liability
appeals. Bryan frequently lectures at legal seminars on appellate topics.


Bryan has devoted numerous hours to pro bono cases.
In 2009, he earned the Pro Bono Award from the Appellate Practice Section
of The Florida Bar. Currently, he is the chairperson of the pro bono
committee of the Florida Bar’s appellate practice section, and
he serves on the board of directors for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid.


Bryan is past chairperson of the appellate law section
of the Jacksonville Bar Association. He also is an alumnus of the First
District Appellate American Inn of Court and the Chester Bedell Inn
of Court. He was a barrister in both inns.


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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 100%



Hourly ($275-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Elizabeth Roehrig Ondriezek

    Although Bryan’s true field of expertise is Appeals, he is able and willing to help attorneys like me, at the trial level of a case. His litigation support helps trial lawyers present a case that would preserve any questionable issues for a possible appeal. He is fabulous at what he does!


    Elizabeth Ondriezek Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Creed & Gowdy, P.A.

865 May St
Jacksonville, FL, 322043310


FLMember in Good Standing199901/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Florida Trend MagazineLegal Elite2010
Florida Trend MagazineLegal Elite2009
Pro Bono AwardFlorida Bar2009
Florida Super LawyerUp and Coming Attorney2009
Florida Trend MagazineLegal Elite2008
Silver Medal For Pro Bono ServiceFlorida Supreme CourtN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCreed& Gowdy, P.A.2006 - Present
AssociateMcGuireWoods LLP2001 - 2006
Law Clerk, Hon. Susan H. BlackUnited States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit2000 - 2001
Law Clerk, Hon. Maurice M. PaulUnited States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Justice AssociationVice-Chair of the Appellate Section2010 - Present
Florida BarExecutive Council2009 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2009 - Present
First District Appellate American Inn of CourtBarrister2008 - 2009
Jacksonville Bar Association, Appellate Practice SectionChair2007 - 2009
Jacksonville Area Legal AidBoard Member2007 - Present
Florida Bar, Pro Bono CommitteeChair2006 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Chester Bedell Inn of CourtMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Graham V. FloridaAppeal that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court invoking the Eighth Amendment to categorically prohibit a non-capital sentence for the first time in its history– life without parole for juvenile offenders who did not commit homicides
Rando v. GEICOCertified question from U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit concerning interpretation of Florida’s uninsured motorist statute
Roberts v. Stidhamappeal of dismissal for untimely service of process
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Florida DefenderGraham v. Florida A Juvenile's Hope for Redemption2010
Louisiana Law ReviewLeniency Bribes: Justifying the Federal Practice2000
Florida Law ReviewShould the Federal Government Have an Attorney-Client Privilege?1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown UniversityInternational EconomicsOther - Bachelors1992
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NAACP ConventionJuvenile Life Without Parole Sentences2010
Florida Bar Appellate Practice SectionPractice Before the U.S. Supreme Court2010
Florida Bar Appellate Practice SectionArt of Objecting2010
Erhlich/Nimmons SeminarPreservation of Error and Practice Before the U.S. Supreme Court2010
In-House Counsel SectionAppellate Strategy for In-House Counsel2009
Florida Bar Appellate Practice SectionHot Topics2009
Criminal LawPreservation of Error2009
Telephonic SeminarRepresenting Pro Bono Clients2008
Telephonic SeminarAmicus Briefs2008
Ray Erlich SeminarPreservation of Error2007