Scott Bloemen is Cotney Construction Law’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) where he is responsible for leading the company’s financial planning initiatives and providing financial counsel on all aspects of business development and corporate strategy. Scott brings more than 15 years of experience in managing finance and accounting initiatives to his role. Prior to joining Cotney Construction Law, Scott served as controller for Pegasus TransTech, a leading provider of driver management software for the trucking industry.
Scott is a registered certified public accountant (inactive) and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University. When not working, he spends time with his lovely wife and three great children.
James “Jim” Flynn joined Cotney Construction Law in January 2018 as Director, Business Development where he is responsible for growing the firm’s client base, customer service and overall business.
For almost a decade, Jim has built relationships with a variety of professionals, including general contractors, builders, engineers, insurance adjusters, property managers and attorneys.
Prior to joining the Trent Cotney team, Jim, in his role as Director, Sales and Marketing, was a member of the senior management team for L.R.E. Ground Services, Inc., a Brooksville, Florida-based industry leader in ground stabilization, restoration and construction.
Jim was also Communications Director for the Florida Association of Soil Specialists (FAS3), a trade organization representing dozens of qualified companies engaged in the ground stabilization industry.
Before working in the construction industry, Jim progressed from intern to Editor-in-Chief of ‘Buccaneer Magazine/Pewter Report’, a print and on-line magazine dedicated to covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneer Professional football team. In addition to his senior management leadership and business development roles, he provided team news and many guest appearances via radio and television, including regional and national sports shows and was a frequent commentator for the National Football League.
As a freelance writer, Jim wrote numerous articles and authored ‘Tampa Bay Buccaneers’, ABDO Publishing Company, Copyright 2011 by Abdo Consulting Group. Inc.
Jim is a graduate of the University of South Florida. He has also successfully completed numerous leadership and managerial training courses and programs, is the recipient of several prestigious awards and is an experienced company and industry public relations spokesperson.
Anita Lum is Cotney Construction Law’s Marketing Coordinator where she is responsible for managing all marketing efforts of the firm including social media campaigns, association events & trade shows, advertising opportunities, and market research.
Anita is a graduate of Boston College. Prior to joining Cotney Construction Law, she planned events for an organization that housed several professional engineering and land surveying associations in Boston, Massachusetts.
Allan J. (A.J.) Parker joined the team at Cotney Construction Law as a graduate law clerk in 2018. A.J. has a wide variety of experience in both the construction and legal fields. He has experience with contract drafting, contract negotiation, lien law, alternate dispute resolution, construction defect litigation, contractor licensing defense, bond claims, disadvantaged business enterprises, small business matters, employment law, bankruptcy litigation, and advancements of technology in the law.
A.J. grew up all over the world as the son of an Air Force Serviceman. He has been involved in the construction industry for the majority of his life. He was an assistant project manager for one of the largest masonry contractors in the southeast region, working his way up from a general laborer.
Prior to joining Cotney Construction Law, A.J worked as a summer associate at boutique law firm in Nashville which focused solely on construction litigation and whose clients consisted of general contractors, subcontractors, developers, architects, engineers, and material suppliers.
Alexis Shelton is Cotney Construction Law’s Office Manager where she is responsible for the oversight of administrative management for the office including human resources, finance, and client services.
Alexis attended St. Petersburg College and has over 14 years of administrative experience in the law and medical fields. Her extensive background in creating & implementing policies, compliance, and accounting are key assets to the growth of our firm. Alexis also ensures that client services remains a top priority of our firm by coordinating resources and communicating with clients to make sure their needs are being met.
As a Board Certified Construction Lawyer in Florida who is also licensed in Illinois, Tennessee, and Texas, 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 is the General Counsel for the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Association (FRSA), the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Association (FRACCA), the Tennessee Association of Roofing Contractor (TARC), Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), West Coast Roofing Contractors Association (WCRCA) and several other local construction 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.
Daniel “Dan” Auerbach was welcomed as an associate attorney to Cotney Construction Law in 2014. Dan’s practice areas encompass both commercial/construction litigation and various transactional matters. Specifically, Dan’s focuses include contract review and drafting, contract negotiation, lien law, bond law, building code violation defense, construction defect litigation, OSHA defense, bid protest litigation, employment claim defense and contractor licensing defense.
Dan completed his undergraduate degree with a double major in International Studies and Political Science, along with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. After time working abroad in China, and prior to beginning law school, Dan gained valuable experience working as a business associate/analyst for a start-up company in Kentucky. During law school, Dan honed his legal skills working in an in-house legal capacity for both Jabil Circuit, Inc. and the World Triathlon Corporation (Ironman). In addition to providing an opportunity to become proficient with business and legal matters, these positions provided Dan extensive experience working with construction manufacturers and suppliers on both a domestic and international level. Dan supplemented these experiences by also completing a legal internship with the City of St. Petersburg Attorney’s office, where he worked on a variety of issues involving administrative, local, and state laws. These issues included zoning, licensing, and land use, among others. Dan began his career as a licensed Florida attorney working in complex civil litigation. In this capacity, he represented insurers, contractors, and commercial facilities in all stages of litigation pertaining primarily to residential and commercial property insurance and construction defects. Dan utilizes this breadth of experience and knowledge at Cotney Construction Law by providing precise and well-versed legal representation for clients.
Tray Batcher joined Cotney Construction Law in 2012 and represents clients in all aspects of construction law including lien law, bond law, construction defect litigation, OSHA defense, and licensing. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tray worked in the construction industry as an estimator for a multi-million dollar structural contracting company. While employed as an estimator, his job duties included materials scheduling, the coordination of trades and general contractors as well as the general duties of running a construction business.
Patrick Bickford joined Cotney Construction Law in July 2018 as an associate in the Tallahassee office. His practice involves a variety of areas of construction law with a focus on workers’ compensation, insurance, and contract law.
Patrick first became involved in construction while working for his father’s law firm, which represented several commercial developers operating throughout Florida and parts of South America. After graduating from the Florida State University College of Law, he practiced workers’ compensation defense representing a wide variety of employers in the construction industry and their insurance carriers.
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 Cotney Construction Law, 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 Cotney Construction Law.