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Stephanie Dodson Dougherty | Attorney

Stephanie has extensive experience representing project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers throughout Georgia and Florida. Her practice focuses on contract drafting and negotiation, lien and bond claims, Georgia licensing issues, dispute resolution, and payment enforcement. Understanding the need to avoid or shift potential risks for construction professionals, she has drafted and negotiated scores of construction contracts, including development and leasing agreements, prime contracts, subcontracts and master subcontract agreements, and supplier documents. Bringing legislative and local government experience to her practice, Stephanie contributes to projects’ success by ensuring proper contracting, working with governmental entities, and minimizing clients’ risk. Before joining Cotney Construction Law in 2020, she worked at a boutique construction law firm serving Georgia and Florida. Prior to entering the private sector, Stephanie served the State of Florida as a legislative attorney where she specialized in local government issues and worked closely with elected officials, lobbyists, and the public.


  • Florida State University School of Law – J.D., 2012, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Washington & Lee University – B.A., 2007, Lexington, Virginia
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Work Experience

  • Cobb Law Group, Attorney
  • Florida House of Representatives, Attorney
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Office of the General Counsel, Intern  
  • Environmental and Land Use Law Section of The Florida Bar, Editor 
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  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of Florida
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia 
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
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Selected Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • ABA Forum on Construction Law
  • Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC-Georgia)
  • American Subcontractors Association (ASA)
  • Construction Suppliers Association (CSA)
  • American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law
  • American Bar Associations’ Section of Environment, Energy & Resources
  • National Association of Environmental Professionals
  • State Bar of Georgia (Construction Law Section)
  • State Bar of Florida (Environmental and Land Use Section)
  • Thomasville/Thomas County Humane Society – Board Member
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Thomas County, Georgia – Advocate 
  • Washington and Lee Alumni Office, Tallahassee/Thomasville Chapter – President
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Honors and Activities

  • Common Problems in Construction Contracts (and How to Fix Them),” Georgia Construction Law Bootcamp (March 2019) – Speaker 
  • “50 State Lien Law Handbook” by the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law – Contributor 
  • “Negotiating the Tough Construction Contract Terms,” Construction Law 101 Seminar (January 2017) – Speaker 
  • Author, The Marine Mammal Protection Act: Fostering Unjust Captivity Practices Since 1972, 28 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 337 (2013).   
  • Co-Author, Arctic Justice: Addressing Persistent Organic Pollutants, 30 Law & Ineq. 57 (2012).
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