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Trent Cotney

About Trent Cotney

As a Florida Board Certified Construction Lawyer who is also licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, Trent focuses his practice on all aspects of construction 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, developers, and others in the construction industry in a variety of matters.

Trent serves as General Counsel for the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Association (FRSA), National Slate Association (NSA), Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) and several other industry associations.  He routinely advocates for the construction industry and is active in molding contractor-friendly statutes, rules and regulations on the local, state and national levels.  Trent has been recognized as one of the leading attorneys in the field by his peers and the construction industry and has received numerous honors and distinctions as identified below. He is the editor and primary author of the Amazon best-selling book OSHA Defense for the Construction Industry.


  • Vanderbilt University, J.D. (Dean’s List, Best Brief Award), 1999
  • Vanderbilt University, B.S., summa cum laude, high honors (Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s List, top 1%), Alexander Heard Award, 1996

Work Experience

  • Cotney Construction Law, Tampa, FL, January 2012 to present, CEO
  • Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A., Tampa, FL, January 2006 to January 2012, construction law shareholder and hiring partner
  • Glenn Rasmussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A., Tampa, FL, April 2000 to December 2005, construction law associate
  • Ruden, McCloskey, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Tampa, FL, September 1999 to February 2000, commercial litigation associate
  • Ruden, McCloskey, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 1997 to August 1997, June 1998 to August 1998, construction law summer associate


  • The State of Florida
  • The State of Illinois
  • The State of Indiana
  • The State of Massachusetts
  • The State of Tennessee
  • The State of Texas
  • The State of Kansas
  • The State of Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Kansas


  • Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Construction Law (inaugural class)
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA) Construction Mediator
  • Member of AAA Panel of Construction Arbitrators
  • Qualified Florida Court-Appointed Arbitrator
  • Department of Business & Professional Regulation Condominium Certified Mediator
  • OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training Certification
  • OSHA 30 Hour Safety Training Certification
  • OSHA 24 Hour HAZWOPER Training

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