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

OSHA’s Multi-Employer Worksite Policy: Knowing the Basics

If you have ever been on worksites with more than one employer, you know they can be chaotic. General contractors, subcontractors, and other employers can all have workers on the premises, which can lead to confusing priorities and hierarchies. In addition, if a federal workplace safety violation occurs, it can be challenging to identify which…
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Construction Law

Waiver of Consequential Damages: What You Need to Know

As you may be aware, the waiver of consequential damages provision can be fairly common in construction contracts. However, before you determine if it is right for your project, it is critical to understand the details and drawbacks. What the Provision States When a waiver of consequential damages provision is in place, both the owner…
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Construction Law

Florida Legislation Requires New Language in Roofing Contracts

In May 2024, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a number of bills into law, and among them was HB 939. This bill addresses several consumer protection concerns, including agreements between residential property owners and roofing contractors. What the New Law Requires Roofers who contract with homeowners to repair or replace their roofs must be aware that…
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