Associate, C.J. Gomes
Senior Associate C.J. Gomes

C.J. Gomes

Senior Associate

Areas Of Practice

C.J. Gomes is a Senior Associate practicing in the Jacksonville office. Her practice focuses primarily on insurance defense litigation, including 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 coverage suits, providing coverage opinions, obtaining examinations under oath, and preparing reservation of rights and claim denial letters.  She advises insurers on a variety of coverage issues involving auto, property, umbrella, commercial general liability, homeowners, disability, employment practices liability, and professional malpractice policies.  C.J. routinely consults and advises on pre-suit claims handling, including claims involving alleged bad faith/extra-contractual liability, civil remedy notices, situations involving multiple claimants/inadequate limits, and settlement negotiations involving unique conditions.  She also assists insurers outside of Florida with claims arising in Florida.

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.

In 2000, C.J. began her legal career as a file clerk at an appellate law firm in central Florida. She continued to work in the legal field through high school, college and law school, giving her hands-on, 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, for her exceptional advocacy skills. 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, two young children and one incredibly lazy bulldog. 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.

Admissions

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

Memberships

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

Gretchen Middleton

Education

  • 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.