Cotney Construction Law Retains Craig Brightup to Fight for the Roofing Industry in D.C.

Cotney Construction Law (CCL) announced that it has retained Craig Brightup and The Brightup Group LLC to lobby for CCL client interests and the interests of the construction industry overall on a national level. Craig Brightup is the CEO of The Brightup Group LLC and previously worked directly with the National Roofing Contractors Association’s (NRCA) political program for 19 years. Brightup is known as the roofing lobbyist in D.C. and as part of his work with Cotney Construction Law, he will be providing government relations consulting services for CCL clients in addition to promoting legislation and regulations that advocate for the construction industry. 

“Our commitment to the roofing industry extends throughout every state and federally. Our partnership with The Brightup Group LLC and Craig Brightup ensures that we will be able to advocate for roofing contractors in front of the Legislative and Executive branches on issues such as OSHA, immigration, workforce development and construction-related initiatives,” stated Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law. 

Cotney Construction Law will also provide insight from Craig Brightup to Cotney subscribers. “We continue to look for ways to add value to our subscribers and look forward to offering unique commentary and analysis from a well-known roofing lobbyist, Craig Brightup,” said John Kenney, CEO of Cotney Consulting Group.

“I’m thrilled to team up with a firm that understands the government issues that impact roofing contractors, especially as someone who’s been advocating for the industry for decades. I’m proud to extend and continue this crucial work as a lobbyist working with Cotney Construction Law to help propel the industry forward,” said Craig Brightup, CEO of The Brightup Group LLC.

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Trent Cotney and John Kenney Launch Cotney Consulting Group

Trent Cotney and John Kenney of Cotney Construction Law announced the launch of Cotney Consulting Group. With a combined 65 years of experience in the roofing industry, working with all sizes of roofing companies, Cotney and Kenney bring a wealth of experience in maximizing success for businesses looking to grow, sustain or plan for the unexpected. 

Focused on the operational review of roofing companies, with the goal of increasing revenues and profitability, Cotney Consulting Group will work with roofing contractors to find success.  With strong positioning, especially helping roofing contractors who hope to grow from the 2 million revenue mark to 10 million, the Cotney Consulting team offers expertise in roofing company operations, strategy, sales and marketing, accounting and human resources.

 “Unlike other business consultants, we are bringing 65-plus years of experience solving the problems of roofing companies,” stated Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law, Cotney Consulting and Cotney Construction Lobbying. “John Kenney has real experience running 8-figure, multi-million-dollar roofing companies. Our group overall did not learn business consulting from a book, but in the everyday experiences of working with and helping roofing contractors nationwide. Our team understands the problems roofing contractors deal with. We have helped solve problems and have continually positioned companies to create an ongoing history of success.”

Cotney Consulting Group is focused on sharing their knowledge and experience to help roofing contractors achieve success. To find out more about consulting services, visit and connect with John Kenney ( for a free consultation.

John Kenney Named COO and Technical Director of Cotney Construction Law

Cotney Construction Law (CCL) announced the appointment of John Kenney as Chief Operating Officer and Technical Director for CCL. With more than 45-years of experience in the roofing industry working with some of the largest roofing contractors, Kenney brings a wealth of experience in construction that will help CCL continue to grow while providing the best service and support for roofing contractors across the country. 

Kenney will oversee operations for CCL along with providing business and technical consulting for CCL customers. “We are excited to have John join our team. Not only is he a skilled operations professional but he also understands construction and can help our customers with technical questions, concerns and planning,” stated Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law. “We believe there is a huge need in the industry for basic business consulting that can help contractors run a profitable and sustainable business. It works hand-in-hand with the CCL subscription services that provide ongoing legal and risk management. We are also looking forward to adding John to our list of skilled lobbyists in Florida.”

Kenney started his career by working as a roofing apprentice at a family business in the Northeast, quickly moving up to manage many successful projects in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania markets before continuing his executive career in Florida. He has worked for multiple Top 100 roofing contractors running every aspect of a contracting business. He is intimately familiar with all aspects of roofing production, estimating, and operations.  

Kenney is well-known for his philanthropy and volunteerism. He is president of the West Coast Roofing Contractors Association and has been involved with the organization for 20 years. 

Kenney will support the CCL team who currently serves as General Counsel or affinity partner for National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association (FRSA) and several of its affiliates, Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA), Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA), Tennessee Association of Roofing Contractors (TARC), National Women in Roofing (NWIR), Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), Tile Roofing Institute (TRI), IIBEC Florida and the National Slate Association (NSA). The firm is known for their industry advocacy, philanthropy and overall commitment to the roofing industry.

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Trent Cotney Named NRCA General Counsel

Cotney Construction Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Trent Cotney as General Counsel for the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). Cotney and the team at CCL will provide ongoing NRCA member benefits of legal consultation that will include a strong emphasis on proactive support surrounding construction, employment, immigration and OSHA law. 

With the appointment of Trent Cotney as General Counsel, the roofing industry will benefit from Cotney Construction Law’s national reach since it is a law firm that employs almost 40 lawyers with 14 offices across the country, all focused on representing the construction industry. Cotney has represented the roofing industry for more than 20 years, and he has built a law firm dedicated to giving back to the construction industries they serve. “Representing roofing contractors and helping their businesses both proactively and reactively is our focus,” said Trent Cotney. “We understand the law and we know construction so we can help contractors avoid getting into legal troubles in the first place.”

Most of what the Cotney team will do will be pro bono including consulting, articles, research and support of NRCA committees. ProCertification has been the prime focus for Cotney over the last 18 months, where he worked with NRCA committees offering legal advice and consultation that helped determine the structure of the certification and training processes at no charge to NRCA. “Trent Cotney has been diligently working with NRCA on the ProCertification program which is our top priority,” stated McKay Daniels, NRCA Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to working with Trent and Cotney Construction Law.”

The CCL team serves as General Counsel or as an affinity partner for Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association and several of its affiliates, Western States Roofing Contractors Association, Chicago Roofing Contractors Association, Tennessee Association of Roofing Contractors, National Women in Roofing, Roofing Technology Think Tank, Tile Roofing Institute, IIBEC Florida and the National Slate Association. The firm is well known for their legal content, thought leadership, philanthropy and overall commitment to the roofing industry.

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Trent Cotney Named General Counsel to National Slate Association

Trent Cotney of Cotney Construction Law, LLP was recently named General Counsel of the National Slate Association (NSA). As General Counsel, Cotney will provide legal assistance to the association’s board of directors with regard to the organizational structure, bylaws, operations, and governance policies.

The National Slate Association is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence through the development and dissemination of technical information, standards, and educational resources for the slate industry. “Working with NSA is a great opportunity for our firm to collaborate with a group of individuals who are dedicated to improving and promoting their work,” said Trent Cotney.

Cotney’s practice area encompass both commercial and construction litigation in addition to various transactional matters. Specifically, Trent works on 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.

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Cotney Construction Law Launches Subscription Plan

Cotney Construction Law, a full-service national law firm for construction, specialty trades and OSHA law,announced the new Cotney Construction Law Subscription Plan, a new service designed to help roofing contractors reduce risk and budget for their legal costs. 

Cotney Construction Law works with all types and sizes of construction companies across the country. According to the firm, Cotney Construction Law is able to provide legal services with predictable billing to reduce risk and increase a company’s bottom line. Cotney Construction Law subscription services provide a subscription-based plan that is tailored to the client. It provides the client with a predictable monthly billing plan for non-litigation matters. Clients will have the flexibility to select a subscription level that best suits their needs at a set monthly rate. 

According to the firm, roofing companies that enroll in a subscription-based plan will have access to attorneys to assist with a variety of legal issues. Additionally, clients will be able to utilize law firm subscription-based services to ensure their companies follow laws and regulations that impact their businesses. 

“Whether you are a sole proprietor starting a new company or a multi-national contractor that is several generations old, budgeting for legal spend is essential to the maintenance of a profitable roofing business,” said Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law. “Every roofing project consists of several moving parts that must be coordinated and balanced in order to complete the project and ultimately turn a profit. Cotney Construction Law helps their clients achieve this goal by managing risks in their contractual agreements, advising clients on good business practices and, when necessary, vigorously representing their clients in disputes.”

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Cotney Construction Law Announces New Partners

Cotney Construction Law (CCL), a national law firm for construction, specialty trades, and OSHA law, announced that Daniel Auerbach, Virgil Tray Batcher, Hilary Morgan, and Anthony Tilton have been named partners of the firm.

“Each of these attorneys epitomizes the diverse talent our firm offers,” said Trent Cotney, CEO of CCL. “Not only have they demonstrated superb legal capabilities, but they have also shown that they are committed to both their clients and the construction industry as a whole.”

Daniel Auerbach’s practice areas encompass construction litigation and various transactional matters. Specifically, Dan focuses on contract review and drafting, contract negotiation, bond and lien law, building code violation defense, construction defense litigation, OSHA defense, bid protests, and contractor licensing defense. He currently serves as general counsel for the Space Coast Licensed Roofers Association and the Treasure Coast Roofing and Sheet Metal Association.

Virgil 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. He currently serves as general counsel for the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association.

Hilary Morgan focuses her practice on all aspects of construction law, including lien law, surety bond law, litigation, arbitration, construction defects, contract review and drafting, delay claims, bid protests, design professional liability, corporate law, and administrative law. Hilary serves on Associated Builders and Contractors National Young Professional Committee and is currently general counsel for National Women in Roofing.

Anthony Tilton practices in all areas of construction law. He works primarily on matters relating to OSHA and licensing defense. This includes the management and development of safety and health strategies. Anthony is also a Certified Building Contractor and has been involved in the industry his whole life; he has done framing, floor installation, remodels, site supervision, and served as safety officer for various construction companies. Anthony is general counsel for the Tile Roofing Institute.

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The Tile Roofing Institute Names Anthony Tilton General Counsel

Anthony Tilton of Cotney Construction Law, LLP was recently named general counsel of the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI). As general counsel, Tilton will provide key legal guidance on corporate structure and bylaws, the board of directors, operations, regulatory compliance, and governance policies.

“The Tile Roofing Institute is one of the leading experts in the roofing industry,” said Anthony Tilton. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to work alongside some of the best in the industry and provide the necessary legal guidance to this association.”

Tilton specializes in all aspects of construction law and works primarily on matters relating to OSHA and licensing defense, specifically litigation and the appeals process for citations involving catastrophic construction or industry related accidents. Tilton also manages and develops safety and health strategies for construction contractors and industrial facilities across the United States.

“We are thrilled that Anthony will be working with the Tile Roofing Institute,” said Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law, “This position further cements Cotney Construction Law as the leading expert in roofing law.”

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Three More Companies Join NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

NRCA announced that Carlisle Construction Materials, Owens Corning and Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance have joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, with each company upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In early 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative aimed at collectively recognizing threats to the industry and the opportunities they may present. To do so, NRCA has undertaken a campaign to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice regarding matters of industry importance. To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“Now is the perfect time to launch NRCA’s One Voice initiative. There is unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

According to NRCA, members of the One Voice initiative include ABC Supply Co. Inc., Beloit, Wis.; ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa.; FiberTite Roofing Systems Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio; Sika Sarnafil Inc., Canton, Mass.; SRS Distribution Inc., McKinney, Texas; and Trent Cotney, Trent Cotney, P.A., Tampa, Fla.

RCA’s One Voice initiative initially will focus on developing a national worker training and certification program, legislative efforts and advocacy.

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Alliance Adds Three Members, $150,000 in Funding for Industry Advancement

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the addition of three new members who will add $150,000 in funding for progressive research that contributes to the ongoing advancement of the roofing industry.

The Alliance’s newest members are:

Trent Cotney, Individual Level
Since 1999, Trent Cotney, a construction lawyer based in Tampa Bay, Fla., has represented contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, developers, suppliers, manufacturers, sales representatives and others in the construction industry on all aspects of construction litigation and arbitration. In addition to being bar licensed in Florida, Cotney also is licensed in Tennessee and Texas. He volunteers and advocates on behalf of a variety charitable organizations that are dedicated to improving his community and bettering the construction industry.

Rackley Roofing, Governor Level
Established in 1974, Rackley Roofing is one of the leading industrial and commercial roofing contractors serving many areas in Tennessee, including Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville. As a full-service roofing company, Rackley Roofing prides itself on a reputation for unparalleled service and customer satisfaction, and possesses a rare combination of respect for the traditional craftsmanship of professional roofing contractors and a passion for the latest technological innovations

Bluefin LLC, Service Provider Level
Bluefin LLC is a national roof system, building envelope and pavement consultant serving clients with large facility footprints. Bluefin helps its clients plan, prioritize and manage facility maintenance and upgrades, including roof system inspection and moisture analysis, life-cycle cost analysis and budget recommendations, risk identification and mitigation, roof system maintenance concurrent with assessments, energy and sustainability programs.

Through the generosity of its members, The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress commits to engage collaborative industry segments to embrace innovation and use technology; advocate environmentally sustainable design; and enrich the well-being of the roofing community through scholarships, charitable gifts and endowments.

Alliance membership is reserved for those who commit their pledged amount during a three- to five-year period. All members are entitled to participate in the task forces established to guide the Alliance’s agenda and to attend the semiannual meeting of the full Alliance.