COVID-19 and the Construction Industry

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Danielle Harsany Maya


Danielle joined Cotney Construction Law in 2018 and has over 20 years of experience as an attorney. Her practice encompasses all areas of construction law including construction defect litigation, lien law, bond law, building code violation defense, OSHA defense, construction license issues, and contract review and drafting.

Danielle has been involved in disputes involving construction scheduling, insurance, claims avoidance and other related matters. She has also handled a wide variety of complex construction disputes involving project delays, construction defects, and differing site conditions as well. Aside from her construction experience, Danielle has assisted clients with issues involving workers’ compensation, employment law, corporate law, commercial litigation, insurance, and commercial disputes. Danielle’s clients have included architects, engineers, sub-contractors, product manufacturers, large corporations, small businesses, insurance companies, real estate brokers, insurance agents, home owners’ associations, apartment complexes, and other professionals. She has also served as outside counsel for various engineering and construction firms.


  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D.
  • Baylor University, Masters in Business Administration
  • Southwestern Adventist University, Bachelor of Science

Work Experience

  • Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons, 2005-2007, Associate; 2008-2017, Partner; 2018, Of Counsel
  • Brown McCarroll, 2001-2005, Associate
  • Continental Airlines, 2000-2001, Senior Financial Analyst
  • Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner, 1998-2000, Associate

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Contract Negotiation Tips,” National Association of Women in Construction, Member Meeting, February 2020
  • “How to Preserve Your Claim for Mediation, Arbitration or Litigation,” American Subcontractors Association Colorado Legal Summit, January 2020
  • “Avoiding Construction Defects,” Professional Roofing Education, October 2019
  • “Opioid Usage and How it Affects Roofers,” Western Roofing Education, June 2019
  • “Editor of A.M. Best, Texas Digest of Insurance Laws,” 2008-2017
  • Author and speaker, “Texas Dram Shop Liability: In the Eye of the Hurricane?” Texas Insurance and Tort Law Update presented by Thompson Coe, April 2010
  • Author and speaker, “Navigating Black Diamonds: Expert Challenges,” presented at Texas Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Winter 2010
  • Author and speaker, “Premise Liability: A Good Place to Be,” Texas Insurance and Tort Law Update presented by Thompson Coe, September 2009
  • Author and speaker, “Everybody’s a Critic, How and When to Challenge an Expert,” Texas Insurance and Tort Law Update presented by Thompson Coe, September 2008


  • “COVID-19 Effects on Clauses in Construction Contracts,” Architectural West Magazine, May 2020
  • “Important Company Policies in Response to COVID-19,” Western Roofing Magazine, May 2020
  • “Protecting Your Designs & Avoiding Litigation,”  Architectural West Magazine, April 2020
  • “Resolving Disputes to Save Time & Money,” Western Roofing Magazine, February 2020
  • “Understanding Your State’s Lien Statutes To Ensure Payment,” Architectural West Magazine, January 2020
  • “Correctly Filing a Lien Against a Condominium Property,” Western Roofing Magazine, January 2020
  • “Design-Bid-Build v. Design-Build,” Architectural West Magazine, November 2019
  • “Whistleblower Protections & OSHA Enforcement,” Western Roofing Magazine, November 2019
  • “Ensuring a Dispute-Free Relationship,” Western Roofing Magazine, September 2019
  • “Beyond Building Design,” Architectural West Magazine, September 2019
  • “BIM Copyright & Intellectual Property Right Issues,” Architectural West Magazine, July 2019
  • “AIA & the Initial Decision Maker,” Architectural West Magazine, May 2019
  • “Architects Design While General Contractors Inspect, Right?,” Architectural West Magazine, March 2019
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