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Trent Cotney - RCS Influencer

Partner, Adams and Reese

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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Attorney Trent Cotney of Adams and Reese LLP Offers Free Contract Audit Services to Members of Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network

Trent Cotney and the Adams and Reese LLP team set the standard for providing high-quality legal expertise within the roofing industry. As a global leader in advocacy for construction professionals, his knowledge and experience protect the best interests of roofing contractors nationwide. Whether you require project-specific advice or need a broader ...
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NRCA Legal Conference "Decks to Dockets" Webinar Recordings Available Now!

NRCA Legal Conference "Decks to Dockets" Webinar Recordings Available Now!

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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RCS Presents: Coffee Conversations - Season 2

Top Ten Coffee Conversations from Season Two

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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S2:E41 Jeremy Power and Samuel St-Jean – Cotney in Canada

By Colin Sheehan, RCS Reporter. Translating legal language, starting careers in the pandemic and Cotney’s expansion into Canada. In this episode of Roofing Road Trips, RoofersCoffeeShop® (RCS) partner, Heidi J. Ellsworth chatted with two friends from the north, Jeremy Power and Samuel St-Jean, the newest associate attorneys of Cotney ...
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Latest Podcasts

Adams & Reese - Navigating the Legal Side of Subcrews (Podcast)

Navigating the Legal Side of Subcrews

In this Read Listen Watch®, Karen Edwards meets with Trent Cotney of Adams & Reese L.L.P. and Justin Bedwell of Camouflage Roofing & Construction, LLC to talk about the current impact of subcrews in the roofing industry. They discuss the challenges and opportunities of navigating subcontractor relationships and the ...
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Adams and Reese - CC - POD - Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions in the Roofing Industry

Navigating Mergers and Acquisitions in the Roofing Industry

Join us for a dynamic Coffee Conversation, sponsored by Adams & Reese, where we delve into the world of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) within the roofing industry. This in-depth session is designed for roofing company owners, executives and financial stakeholders aiming to expand their market presence, diversify their services and ...
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Coffee Conversations - Shining a Light on the Dark Side of the Labor Shortage: Sub Crews, Child Labor and Safety on the Roof

Join us for an eye-opening Coffee Conversations, sponsored by IB Roof Systems, where we delve into the critical issues surrounding the roofing industry's labor shortage. In this thought-provoking webinar, we aim to shed light on the darker aspects of the challenges faced by roofing contractors, with a particular focus on ...
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Shining a Light on the Dark Side of the Labor Shortage Sponsored by IB Roof Systems

Sub Crews, Child Labor and Safety on the Roof Join us for an eye-opening Coffee Conversations, sponsored by IB Roof Systems, where we delve into the critical issues surrounding the roofing industry's labor shortage. In this thought-provoking webinar, we aim to shed light on the darker aspects of the challenges ...
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Jobba - Scaling up With BI: Business Strategies for Roofing Companies (RLW Registration)

Scaling up With BI: Business Strategies for Roofing Companies

In this RoofersCoffeeShop RLW, Heidi J. Ellsworth meets with experts in customer service, estimating, service, safety, regulations and legal issues. Eugene Zukowski of Jobba, John Kenney of Cotney Consulting Group and Trent Cotney of Adams and Reese join the conversation to share their 2023 insights on how business intelligence ...
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Adams&Reese - Coffee Conversations - Who

Coffee Conversations - Who's Buying Roofing Companies?

Coffee Conversations takes on one of the hottest topics in roofing: all the acquisitions and roll ups of roofing companies. Sponsored by Adams and Reese, this conversation will feature Ken Kelly of Kelly Holdings and Kelly Roofing and Trent Cotney of Adams and Reese who will talk with Heidi J. ...
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Adams & Reese - Navigating the Legal Side of Subcrews (on-demand)

Navigating the Legal Side of Subcrews

In this Read Listen Watch®, Karen Edwards meets with Trent Cotney of Adams & Reese L.L.P. and Justin Bedwell of Camouflage Roofing & Construction, LLC to talk about the current impact of subcrews in the roofing industry. They discuss the challenges and opportunities of navigating subcontractor relationships and the inherent ...
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Jobba - Scaling up With BI: Business Strategies for Roofing Companies - RLW - WATCH

Scaling up With BI: Business Strategies for Roofing Companies

In this RoofersCoffeeShop RLW, Heidi J. Ellsworth meets with experts in customer service, estimating, service, safety, regulations and legal issues. Eugene Zukowski of Jobba, John Kenney of Cotney Consulting Group and Trent Cotney of Adams and Reese join the conversation to share their 2023 insights on how business intelligence ...
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RLW-Trent Cotney OSHA-Know Your Rights - Watch

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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Trent Cotney - OSHA Defense book

The second biggest threat to the construction industry, behind the lack of skilled labor, is the unchecked expansion of regulatory agencies. Recent government expansion has granted the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) the authority it needs to single-handedly put contractors out of business through targeting, and repeat or excessive ...
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Latest Videos

The Weekly Blend Episode 111

Episode 111 of The Weekly Blend is here!

Join us every Friday to learn the latest news in the roofing industry. The 111th episode of The Weekly Blend is here! Join the Coffee Shops’ President Heidi J. Ellsworth and COO Karen Edwards for the latest episode of this Coffee Shop original web series. This week, Heidi and Karen discuss the ...
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The Weekly Blend Episode 92

Episode 92 - Happy Thanksgiving, Black Friday promo codes, matching donations to roofing industry foundations!

Join Heidi and Karen every Friday to learn about what's going on in the roofing industry. The 92nd episode of The Weekly Blend is here! Join the Coffee Shops’ President Heidi J. Ellsworth and COO Karen L. Edwards for the latest episode of this Coffee Shop original web series. This week, Heidi ...
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The Weekly Blend Episode 89

Episode 89 w/ special guest Trent Cotney - NRCA's fall meetings coming up, National Women in Roofing Day 2024

Karen Edwards and Trent Cotney discuss the latest roofing industry news in this week's episode of The Weekly Blend. The 89th episode of The Weekly Blend is here! Join the Coffee Shops’ COO Karen L. Edwards and special guest Trent Cotney, partner at Adams and Reese for the latest episode of ...
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