Episode 53 53 min
INTERNAL SYSTEMS

Construction Law Fundamentals: 5 Ways to Keep Your Butt Out Of Hot Water - with Trent Cotney

You want to keep your A$$ out of trouble. All ventures, big and small, face some form of legal risk and whether you realize it or not, the business of contracting is on the riskier end of the spectrum.

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You want to keep your A$$ out of trouble.

All ventures, big and small, face some form of legal risk and whether you realize it or not, the business of contracting is on the riskier end of the spectrum.

You put thousands of hours of work every year into growing your company, not to mention the millions of dollars that get spent in the pursuit of growth. To do all of that on a shaky legal foundation is like building your dream home on sand.

Because of this, smart entrepreneurs put effort and money behind proactive, preventative legal work, so that they can feel confident that the effort and money they are putting in is working to build something that will last.

Our guest on the show for this episode is Trent Cotney, Partner at the firm Adams & Reese.

Trent has been practicing construction law for 23 years and runs a large team of lawyers within the firm that specialize in various specifics of construction law. He’s written two books related to OSHA defense for contractors and is the General Counsel for the National Roofing Contractors Association. Needless to say, he is the best in the business when it comes to protecting yourself, and all things legal in our industry.

In today’s conversation, we get into:

  • Some of the most typical legal risks that a contractor faces and how to prevent them
  • What a contractor needs to know about corporate structure and how to protect themselves
  • Why when you cut and paste contracts from google you could be seriously screwing yourself
  • How manuals and SOPs in your business serve a much bigger function than just getting the work done
  • How to cover your butt when it comes to safety on site
  • Why you need a crisis management plan and what goes into one so chaos doesn’t break out when things go sideways