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Benjamin S. Briggs

Benjamin S. Briggs represents clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including OSHA defense, defense of discrimination, wage and hour, and retaliation claims, and drafting and enforcing employment contracts, restrictive covenants, separation agreements, and employee handbooks.

Ben grew up in West Michigan, where his family owns and operates the largest farm in the county. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ben worked for a roofing company and a billboard construction company. Ben also has family ties to the construction industry, with family members who are carpenters and commercial contractors.

Before joining Trent Cotney, P.A., Ben spent five years practicing employment and appellate law. Ben continues to utilize his diverse employment background and experience in his representation of clients with Trent Cotney, P.A.

EDUCATION

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., with honors in Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Taylor University, B.A., magna cum laude

ADMISSIONS

  • State of Florida
  • State of Michigan
  • State of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass, P.A., Tampa, Florida, Associate Attorney, October 2014-September 2016
  • Michigan State Court of Appeals, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Prehearing Attorney, August 2011-July 2014
  • Schlam, Stone & Dolan LLP, New York, New York, Summer Associate, June 2010- August 2010
  • Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, Massachusetts, Law Student Practitioner, September 2009-May 2010
  • Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Judicial Clerk, June 2009-August 2009

HONORS & ACTIVITIES

  • The Charles Britt Academy, Pinellas County, Youth Mentor
  • The Children’s Home, Inc., Hillsborough County, Volunteer
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Florida Supreme Court Jury Instruction Committee
  • Note Editor, American Journal of Law and Medicine
  • J. Newton Esdaile Appellate Moot Court
  • Boston University School of Law Scholarship (2008-2011)
  • Taylor University Dean’s List (2004-2008)
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, Up & Comers, 2017

ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

  • Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Websites and Mobile Applications: Do They Comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 90, No. 8
  • “Suing a Foreign (International) Defendant: Initial Steps,” Lawyer Magazine, March-April 2016, Vol. 26, No. 4
  • “Workplace Safety and OSHA’s New Reporting Rule,” Lawyer Magazine, March-April 2017, Vol. 27, No. 4
  • “Websites and Mobile Applications: Do They Comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” The Computer & Internet Lawyer, February 2017, Vol. 34, No. 2.

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