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Benjamin S. Briggs


Benjamin 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 Trent Cotney, P.A., 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 Trent Cotney, P.A.


  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., with honors in Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Taylor University, B.A., magna cum laude


  • Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass, P.A., Tampa, Florida, Associate Attorney, October 2014-September 2016
  • Michigan State Court of Appeals, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Prehearing Attorney, August 2011-July 2014
  • Schlam, Stone & Dolan LLP, New York, New York, Summer Associate, June 2010- August 2010
  • Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, Massachusetts, Law Student Practitioner, September 2009-May 2010
  • Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Judicial Clerk, June 2009-August 2009



  • Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, Up & Coming Construction, 2020
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star Employment & Labor, 2020
  • The Charles Britt Academy, Pinellas County, Youth Mentor
  • The Children’s Home, Inc., Hillsborough County, Volunteer
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Florida Supreme Court Jury Instruction Committee
  • Note Editor, American Journal of Law and Medicine
  • J. Newton Esdaile Appellate Moot Court
  • Boston University School of Law Scholarship (2008-2011)
  • Taylor University Dean’s List (2004-2008)
  • Florida Legal Elite 2017


  • Florida Bar
  • Georgia Bar
  • Michigan Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan



  • Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association


  • “Understanding the FFCRA’s Small Business Exemption,” Roofing Contractor Magazine, April 2020
  • “Paying Employees During a Coronavirus-Related Project Suspension: What Do Federal Laws Say?,” ConstructionDive, April 2020
  • “How Employers Should Respond to COVID-19,” Roofing Magazine, March 2020
  • “Everything Roofing Companies Need to Know About The Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” Roofers Coffee Shop, March 2020
  • “How Governments Are Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis,” Roofing Contractor Magazine, March 2020
  • “Problems and Pitfalls with Using Professional Employer Organizations or Working with Someone Who Does,” Florida Roofing Magazine, May 2019
  • “Understanding Piece Rate Compensation,” Florida Roofing Magazine, September 2018
  • “Workplace Safety and OSHA’s New Reporting Rule,” Lawyer Magazine, March-April 2017, Vol. 27, No. 4
  • “Websites and Mobile Applications: Do They Comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” The Computer & Internet Lawyer, February 2017, Vol. 34, No. 2.
  • “Websites and Mobile Applications: Do They Comply with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” The Florida Bar Journal, September/October 2016, Vol. 90, No. 8
  • “Suing a Foreign (International) Defendant: Initial Steps,” Lawyer Magazine, March-April 2016, Vol. 26, No. 4
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