About Me



Practice Profile:
As a Board Certified Construction Lawyer, Trent focuses his practice on all aspects of litigation and arbitration, including OSHA defense, lien law, bond law, and bid protests, as well as construction document review and drafting. He routinely represents general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, architects, engineers, and others in the construction industry in a variety of matters. He has authored more than 75 published articles on such topics as negligent design, delay damages, and defective workmanship and is a regular columnist for FRSA and WCRCA trade publications. As a State Accredited Continuing Education Provider, Trent has conducted seminars on such topics as construction contract provisions, licensing, and lien law. He has argued on behalf of contractors before the Construction Industry Licensing Board.

Education:
Vanderbilt University, J.D. (Moot Court Board Executive Council; Dean's List), 1999
Vanderbilt University, B.S. summa cum laude with high honors (Phi Beta Kappa; Dean's List), 1996

Certification:
Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
Qualified Florida Court-Appointed Arbitrator

Professional Recognition:
AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Best Attorneys Network, Construction Law
Corporate INTL Magazine's 2010 Construction Law Firm of the Year
Gulf Coast Business Review, 40 Under 40, 2007
Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Construction Litigation
Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite, Construction
FRSA, President's Award
Tampa Bay Business Journal, Up and Comers
Tampa Bay Magazine's Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms, Construction Law
West Coast Roofing Contractors' Association, Byron Curry Award
Business Leaders Magazine, Top 50 Business Entrepreneurs

Bar Admissions:
Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Selected Professional and Civic Activities:
Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (Past Member)
Associated Builders and Contractors
Department of Business and Professional Regulation Contractor Continuing Education Provider
The Florida Bar - Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Construction Law Committee
Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (Director, General Counsel, Public Relations and Marketing Committee Co-Chair)
Florida Transportation Builders' Association
Hillsborough County Bar Association - Construction Law Section
Humane Society of Tampa Bay (Past Board of Directors Member)
National Utility Contractors Association
Pinellas County Contractors Association (Member)
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (Past Member)
Suncoast Utility Contractors Association
Underground Utility Contractors of Florida
University of Tampa Board of Counselors (Past Board Member)
West Coast Roofing Contractors' Association (Board of Directors)

Publications:
Trent has published more than 75 articles in 15 publications on construction-related legal issues.

Seminars:
Trent lectures all over the State on construction law topics and has presented more than 100 times for 10 different associations and organizations.

Websites:
http://www.trentcotney.com/
http://www.linkedin.com/in/trentcotney
http://www.facebook.com/people/Trent-Cotney/100002148846584
http://twitter.com/#!/trentcotney
http://www.youtube.com/user/FLConstructionLaw
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