Trent Cotney

Representing the Construction Industry

Why choose us?

Trent Cotney is a board-certified construction lawyer by the Florida Bar and is licensed in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wyoming and D.C. He focuses his practice on all aspects of construction litigation and arbitration, including OSHA defense, lien law, bond law, bid protests, and construction document review and drafting. He routinely represents construction and infrastructure clients, including general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, architects, engineers, roofers, developers, and others in various matters.

Trent is recognized by his peers throughout the construction industry as one of the leading attorneys in his field of practice. He has received numerous honors and distinctions because of his dedication to the legal profession and his expertise in construction and infrastructure law.

Before joining Adams and Reese, Trent founded and served as the CEO of Cotney Attorneys & Consultants, named a Top 50 Construction Law Firm by Construction Executive Magazine. With over 20 offices, Cotney Attorneys & Consultants serviced the needs of business, infrastructure, and construction clients throughout the United States, Canada and internationally.

In addition to nearly 25 years of assisting his clients in their legal matters, Trent is a zealous advocate for the international commercial roofing industry. He serves as general counsel for more than 10 trade associations and organizations, including the National Roofing Contractors Association, Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Association, National Slate Association, Roofing Technology Think Tank, Western States Roofing Contractors Association and several other industry associations.


Construction Law

New Independent Contractor Rule Affects Subcontractors

If you use subcontractors or 1099 salespeople, a new rule announced by the U.S. Department of Labor on January 9 could impact the way you do business. This final rule is in keeping with the agency’s proposed rule from October 2022, and it aligns with the “totality of circumstances” parameters for classifying workers. It goes…
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Construction Law

Complying with the CTA Reporting Requirements

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) went into effect on January 1, 2024, and will impact millions of small U.S. businesses. Are you aware of the requirements, and do you have a game plan?   Understanding the CTA   The CTA was passed in 2021 as a way to enforce transparency in business structures ownership and…
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Construction Law

Department of Labor Salary Exemption Increases

The Fair Labor Standards Act implements the exemptions for minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees. Significant proposed revisions include increasing the standard salary level to $1,059 per week ($55,068 annually for a full year worker) and increasing the highly compensated employee total annual compensation threshold to…
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