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.


Cotney Blogs

Will Our Trains Still Be Running? More Supply Chain Issues.

As much of our country is still battling supply chain issues, the recent threat of a railroad strike sent shockwaves throughout construction and other industries. So there was also a high of relief when the White House brokered an agreement in the wee hours of Thursday, September 15, dangerously close to when the strike could…
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“Severe Violator”—What You Should Know About Updated OSHA Criteria

Those of us who are involved in the construction industry are likely familiar with the Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP). This program from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) focuses on and penalizes companies that have been overly negligent in safety standards. On September 15, OSHA updated the SVEP criteria, and now more businesses…
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Construction Management Software Makes Jobsites Safer

Today's construction management software not only assists contractors in making a budget and staying on schedule, but it can also make the job site safer. Purchasing "Environment, Health and Safety" software, or EHS, helps you avoid major risks to your bottom line and helps you avoid threats to the well-being of your employees. Research by…
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