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

4 Months Later -- Hurricane Ian Recovery: Advice for Businesses

The past few months have been challenging for many areas of Florida. Hurricane Ian brought devastating wind and flooding, resulting in destruction, displacement, and loss of life. If your business or community has been impacted by the hurricane, below are some guidelines to follow during recovery. Seek Out Assistance The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity…
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Legal Issues with Material Substitutions

Material substitutions have become increasingly more common as a result of material unavailability. However, there are a variety of things that contractors should do to protect themselves from potential liability once a substitution is made. Understanding the Contract Provisions Although laws vary from state to state, most construction projects rely heavily on contract language. A…
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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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