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Brian Oblow


Brian is a trial lawyer and certified circuit civil mediator with nearly 20 years of experience. He focuses his practice on all aspects of construction law and arbitration, including OSHA defense, lien law, bond law, bid protests, and document review and drafting. He also has an extensive background litigating commercial and insurance related matters.

Brian was born in Port Jefferson, New York, and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of Florida in 1995 and his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1999. Prior to joining Trent Cotney, P.A., Brian served as shareholder of a full-service corporate law firm.


  • University of Florida, Political Science, 1995
  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., Honors, 1999

Work Experience

  • Cotney Construction Law, LLP, October 2017 – Present, Managing Attorney, Partner
  • GrayRobinson, P.A., Tampa, FL, March 2003 – October 2017, Shareholder
  • Glenn Rasmussen, P.A., Tampa, FL, 2002 – 2003, Attorney
  • Berman & Associates, P.A., Tampa, FL, 2001 – 2002, Attorney
  • Escobar and Associates, P.A., Tampa, FL, 2000 – 2001, Attorney

Awards & Recognition

  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, Construction Law, 2014-2016, 2020
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2013-2017, 2020
  • Tampa Top Rated Lawyer, Insurance Defense, 2013
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009, 2011-2012
  • Tampa Magazine, Top Lawyer, 2020


  • The State of Florida
  • United States Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • United States Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States Court for the Southern District of Florida

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Supreme Court of Florida, Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Tampa Bay Inn of Court, Treasurer
  • The Florida Bar, Member Trial Lawyers Section
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • International Counsel of Shopping Centers, Member


  • Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador, 2017 to Present
  • Boy Scouts of America Troop 79, Committee Member, 2017 to Present
  • Leadership Brandon Class of 2016
  • United Way Keel Club, 2008 – 2017
  • American Diabetes Association, Leadership Board, 2008-2011
  • Tampa Connection, Alumnus
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