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Adams and Reese construction team members Trent Cotney, Tray Batcher, Ben Briggs, Jacqueline Feliciano, and Kyle Rea have been invited to speak at the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association’s 102nd Annual Convention and the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo. The annual event will be held June 5-7 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

Adams and Reese Construction Team Co-Leader and Tampa Partner Trent Cotney serves as the General Counsel of the FRSA, an association of roofing, sheet metal and air conditioning contractors and industry-related companies including manufacturers, suppliers, manufacturers' representatives, roofing consultants and others. 

This year’s convention consists of more than 50 educational seminars around the construction and roofing industry. Click here for the complete seminar schedule.

In addition to the seminars, FRSA hosts the largest regional roofing show and expo in the country with more than 225 companies displaying their latest products and services.

Below are the FRSA convention seminars featuring Adams and Reese attorneys.

On June 5, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Cotney and Briggs will kick off the convention by presenting “Roofing Contractor Legal Issues.” The seminar will explore the core risk mitigation strategies for roofing contractors, looking at safety, employee issues, costumer contracts, subcontractors, and additional items that contractors should be aware of. Cotney and Briggs will present the same seminar also on June 6 from 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., and on June 7 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Cotney will lead a discussion on “Collecting Payments on Construction,” discussing the best methods to use to collect payments on construction projects, addressing key contract provisions, Florida lien law basics, and private, state, and federal payment bond claims.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Feliciano will present “Business Succession Planning.” The death of a owner or qualifier can be detrimental to a business’s survival. Succession planning is vital. This seminar covers estate, family, insurance, tax planning, and selling your business. Feliciano will present the same seminar on July 7 from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

On June 5, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Rea will lead a discussion on “OSHA Defense” – the best defense is a good offense. Often referred to as a strategic offensive, this should be every company’s motto for defending itself from OSHA citations. This seminar covers how a company can protect itself and be proactive against potential citations.

On June 5, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Batcher will present “Crisis Management,” covering necessary components of a business’s crisis management team and how to handle serious injuries and fatalities, disaster preparedness, theft and vandalism, license and identify theft, litigation, and other crisis events. 

On June 6, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., Cotney will team up with John Kenney to present “The History of Roofing,” covering everything from thatch to monolithic and historical photos, advertising, specification manuals, and other pieces of roofing history and trivia. 

The Adams and Reese Construction Team features more than 80 construction attorneys, equating to one of the largest teams in the country. The firm’s attorneys are licensed to practice across more than 30 states, representing corporate clients in an array of construction-related legal matters. These issues can run the gamut of transactions, litigation, and dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration; impacts of artificial intelligence and technology; cybersecurity; delay claims; public-private partnerships and economic development; contract drafting, review, and negotiation; labor and employment; code and regulation compliance; engineering and design; warranty and breach of contract; bid protests; surety bonding; workplace safety and OSHA defense; and consultation around pre- and post-natural disasters.

Adams and Reese’s diverse roster of construction attorneys features board-certified construction lawyers, arbitrators and mediators; general counsel of roofing industry and construction associations; and former general contractors, laborers, and construction industry professionals.