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

When Liquidated Damages Are Deemed Too High

If you check any of your contracts, you will likely see provisions that allow for “liquidated” damages. Claimants can recover these pre-determined damages after a breach. These provisions provide specifics about the consequences of the breach and simplify the need to prove damages during a trial. That seems straightforward enough. However, as a recent case…
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Construction Law

Check Your Contract: Written Notices May Be Required

Over the years, I have often said that the party with the best paper wins the day. By that, I mean having everything in writing and keeping meticulous records can protect you. This standard was proven again in a recent case. Details of the Contract In May 2012, James Construction Group, LLC, entered into an…
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Construction Law

Savvy Strategies for Selling Your Construction Company

Your company has likely been your main focus for years. You have built the business and seen it through ups and downs. However, if you have reached a point where you are ready to sell, there are steps you should take to protect yourself and get the best deal. Create Your Support Team Selling your…
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