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

Update on Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is all the rage. Watch the news, skim your social media sites, and that may be all you see. AI—and specifically ChatGPT—can create marketing plans, write our kids’ college essays, and even compose music. But how well it performs can vary wildly and is very much up for debate. Recently, a lawyer learned…
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Construction Law

What You Should Know About an Indemnity Clause

As you take on your next construction project, you may wonder about the need for an indemnity clause in the contract. Such a clause is a legally binding agreement between two parties. It specifies that one party (the indemnitor) will compensate the other (the indemnitee) for any damages or losses resulting from a particular circumstance…
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Construction Law

New Law Shortens Timeframe for Construction Defect Lawsuits

If you’re a contractor, you know that construction defect lawsuits can be time-consuming and often frustrating. Those conditions can be compounded when a claim is filed many years after you finish a project. So you may be interested to learn that on Thursday, April 13, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law that reduces the timeframe and…
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