Associate, C.J. Gomes
Partner C.J. Gomes

C.J. Gomes


Areas Of Practice

C.J. Gomes is a partner practicing in the Jacksonville office. Her practice focuses primarily on insurance defense, including pre-suit advisement and consultation on claims handling and complex coverage issues, insurer bad faith/extra-contractual liability, and appeals.

C.J. offers her clients a full range of insurance coverage services, including prosecuting or defending declaratory judgment lawsuits, providing coverage opinions, obtaining, and advising on, examinations under oath, and preparing reservation of rights and claim denial letters.  She advises insurers on a variety of coverage issues and investigations involving auto, property, umbrella, commercial general liability, homeowners, disability, employment practices liability, and professional malpractice policies.  C.J. routinely consults and advises clients on pre-suit claims handling issues or concerns, including claims involving alleged bad faith/extra-contractual liability, civil remedy notices, multiple claimants/inadequate limits, and settlement negotiations involving unique conditions.

In addition, a significant portion of C.J.’s practice involves assisting and advising insurers operating outside of Florida with handling and responding to claims arising within Florida, including responding to insurance disclosure requests, civil remedy notices, PIP lawsuits or demands, choice of law issues, extra-contractual liability allegations, general claims handling concerns, coverage issues, and more.

C.J. is an approved instructor through the Florida Department of Financial Services and is available to provide in-house training and seminars for insurers on various claims handling, coverage, and bad faith topics.  Specific seminars are also available upon request.

In 2000, C.J. began her legal career as a clerk at an appellate law firm in central Florida. She remained employed in the legal field through high school, college, and law school, giving her practical experience in addition to her education.  After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Legal Studies, C.J. attended law school where she served as the president of a nationally ranked Moot Court Honor Board. In addition to her duties on the executive committee, she was involved in five moot court competitions, winning six awards, including two Best Advocate awards. In addition, she interned with the United States Attorney’s Office, specializing in crimes against children. Upon graduation, she received an advanced legal research and writing certificate.

C.J. lives in Jacksonville with her husband and three young children. She is a lover of animals and an avid jogger, completing her first marathon in 2019.  C.J. is active with the Jacksonville Humane Society and several local organizations providing support to women and children.


  • Florida, 2011
  • United States District Court
    • Middle District of Florida, 2012


  • The Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association

Stephanie Carr-Williams


  • “Non-Florida Insurers and Florida Accidents,” published in the Fall 2020 issue of DRI’s In-House Defense Quarterly


  • 2022 Coverage Spotlight: Enforceability and Prevalence of the “Carrying Persons or Property for a Fee” Exclusion in the Era of Covid
  • Issues with Florida’s Disclosure Statute, 627.4137
  • Sidestepping Bad Faith Landmines: Duties when Dealing with Multiple Claimants & Inadequate Limits


  • B.S., University of Central Florida, 2007
  • J.D., Florida Coastal School of Law, 2011

Comprehensive Services

Many cases overlap several areas of law. As a full service law firm, we are able to recognize how one legal discipline impacts another. We work as a team on complex issues that require knowledge of a variety of state and federal laws. This multi-disciplinary approach allows clients to receive the large-firm advantage of access to multiple attorneys in a wide scope of practice areas as well as the hands-on customer service offered by a boutique law firm. In addition to civil litigation, employment law, workers’ compensation defense, commercial law, construction law and appeals, our firm also handles professional liability claims.

Our bilingual staff is available to assist with immigration matters, including consular and removal defenses.