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Trent Cotney - RCS Influencer

Owner, Cotney Construction Law Group

Since 1999, Trent Cotney of Adams & Reese LLP, has dedicated himself to serving the roofing industry. Trent specializes in roofing litigation and arbitration, including defending roofers on construction defect claims, prosecuting lien and bond law claims, defending OSHA citations, contractor licensing defense, and bid protests. In addition, Trent Cotney reviews and drafts hundreds of roofing-related contracts a year for roofing contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, and others in the industry.

Trent Cotney is a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) as well as ten other local roofing associations across the United States. He is a director, Treasurer and General Counsel to the West Coast Roofing Contractors Association (“WCRCA”); the General Counsel, a director, and co-chair of the public relations committee for FRSA; and the General Counsel and member of the Governance Committee for the National Women in Roofing (NWIR). In addition to donating his time to a variety of roofing organizations, he is also a Governor-level contributor to the FRSA Educational & Research Foundation endowment program.

He has received the Byron Curry Memorial Achievement Award given by the WCRCA for excellence and service to the roofing industry (2009). He has also received the FRSA’s President’s Award (2008) and the Earl Blank “Heart” Award (2010) for his commitment and dedication to the roofing industry. In 2014, he received the NRCA’s Gold Circle Award for Service to the Industry during the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. He frequently lectures on a variety of legal topics and has spoken at multiple Best of Success conferences and the International Roofing Expo and is the editor and primary author of the Amazon best-selling book OSHA Defense for the Construction Industry.


The premier Coffee Conversation featured Trent Cotney and John Kenney of Cotney Construction Law and Cotney Consulting Group. It was a Q&A conversation about strategies for protecting your companies the right way during the current pandemic and economic instability.  Valuable information and thought provoking advice. Click below to watch now!


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Did you miss NRCA’s Virtual Legal Conference, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets? You are in luck! All nine conference session recordings now are available for purchase in NRCA's bookstore for only $49/session ($69/session for nonmembers). This is a great opportunity to learn the latest legal, business and technical information from ...
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The Coffee Conversations podcast from RoofersCoffeeShop® invites you to pour a cup of coffee and sit with experts for conversations about what is top of mind for roofing contractors and the overall roofing industry right now. Held every other Thursday morning (6 a.m. PT), the team at RCS video chats ...
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RLW-Trent Cotney OSHA-Know Your Rights - Watch - POD

OSHA: Know Your Rights

Trent Cotney joins Heidi J. Ellsworth for a timely and highly relevant RLW on OSHA and how contractors need to know their rights around risk mitigation and defense. With the National Safety Stand-Down starting out the month of May, this RLW will wrap up all the conversations and information ...
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What’s HOT in Roofing, Coffee Conversations LIVE From IRE - Day 1

In the first ever LIVE Coffee Conversations at IRE, join the RoofersCoffeeShop team on day one as they meet with industry leaders and experts from across the country. Sponsored by ABC Supply, this IRE Live Coffee Conversation will invite manufacturers, distributors and service providers who will share their insights and ...
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Reducing Risk with Legal Maintenance

Today it is more important than ever to have up to date, pertinent employee and safety manuals along with the most current contract language. During these turbulent times, Cotney Attorneys and Consultants have been helping roofing contractors navigate the risk of COVID, material supplies, employee law, regulations and much ...
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S3:E19 It is all about safety and the top five OSHA initiatives that roofing contractors need to be aware of in 2022. In this Coffee Conversations, sponsored by Tremco and WTI, Heidi J. Ellsworth brings together a team of experts to answer hard questions about safety and OSHA. Trent ...
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Coffee Conversations LIVE from New Orleans, sponsored by SRS Distribution

S3:E10 / S3:E11 The second annual LIVE Coffee Conversations, sponsored by SRS Distribution, will take place at the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans. Join us on day one and two of the show as we meet with industry leaders and experts from across the country. The conversations will ...
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S3:E6 Join Heidi J. Ellsworth for a Coffee Conversations that hits the heart of the roofing industry: giving back through roofing foundations. Sponsored by ABC Supply, Trent Cotney and foundation representatives including Dave Lawlor, President of the Roofing Alliance; Chuck Chapman, Chairman of Davis Memorial Foundation; Les Sims with the FRSA ...
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OSHA: Know Your Rights

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Reducing Risk with Legal Maintenance

May 26, 2021 Today it is more important than ever to have up to date, pertinent employee and safety manuals along with the most current contract language. During these turbulent times, Cotney Attorneys and Consultants have been helping roofing contractors navigate the risk of COVID, material supplies, employee law, ...
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Join Heidi and Karen every Friday to hear what they have to say about all the happenings within the roofing industry. The twelfth episode of our Weekly Blend series is here! Join President Heidi J. Ellsworth and COO Karen L. Edwards for another exciting episode of this RoofersCoffeeShop® (RCS) original ...
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