Attorneys – Cotney Construction Lobbying

Anthony D. Tilton joined the firm in September 2013. Anthony’s practice focuses on all aspects of construction law. He works primarily on matters relating to OSHA defense. This includes the management and development of safety and health strategies for construction contractors and industrial facilities across the United States. Anthony’s OSHA practice concentrates on litigation and the appeals process for citations involving catastrophic construction or industry related accidents.

Anthony has been involved in the construction industry his entire life, due in part to being raised in a family of carpenters, residential home builders, and commercial contractors. Anthony and his brothers learned the trade at a very young age from their father while growing up in rural North Georgia. In 2004, he began his professional career in construction with Tilton Builders, LLC in Beaufort, South Carolina. There he served on crews performing framing, hardwood floor installation, and a variety of other residential remodels and new home construction.

Following his work in residential building, he began working in 2005 for Alloy Industrial Contractors, Inc., a company out of Savannah, Georgia serving Southeast Georgia in a variety of custom metal fabrication and installation projects. In 2007, Anthony returned to North Georgia where he served as a Safety Officer and Site Supervisor for South Eastern Contracting Services, LLC, another commercial contractor completing demolitions and remodels on retail shopping spaces in and around Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to law school in 2009, he served as a finish carpenter for Jenkins Contractors, Inc. in Danielsville, Georgia. There he learned under master carpenters and brick masons on complex custom remodels and new home construction throughout the North Georgia area.


Brian is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar and devotes his practice to all facets of construction. Brian is originally from Oklahoma City and moved to Tampa in 1986, attending middle and high school locally. During high school and college, he worked part time alongside his mother, who was in charge of accounting at a small construction firm. There, he learned the business of construction, was exposed to legal issues and ultimately met the firm’s counsel. This sparked his interest in construction law, leading him to intern at a construction firm during law school and take a position with a small law firm right out of law school that focused exclusively on construction. After moving from the small firm, Brian went to work for a national law firm where he focused on construction and surety issues, rising through the ranks to become a partner.

Since graduating law school in 2002, Brian has counseled clients on a host of issues involving virtually every aspect of the industry, including contract drafting at the inception of projects through payment disputes involving lien and bond claims. He has been involved in disputes involving scheduling, insurance, licensing, claims avoidance and other related matters. He further has handled a wide variety of complex construction disputes involving project delays, schedule acceleration, construction defects and differing site conditions as well. Aside from his construction experience, Brian has also been involved in a variety of commercial litigation disputes.

Richard N. “Ric” Asfar is an AV-rated attorney and lobbyist. Having litigated a variety of high-stakes matters through trial and appeal, Ric understands first-hand the effect that legislation may have on a client in the courtroom and beyond. Ric has also worked with politicians and city attorneys to develop and implement policies. Ric draws on his experience and unique understanding of recent developments in case law to advocate for his clients.

Ric grew up in Queens, New York. After immigrating to America, Ric’s parents worked long hours operating a tailoring business one subway stop from Shea Stadium. They taught Ric to value hard work, and to go the extra mile for the client. Ric has strived to follow his parents’ example since youth. He got his first job at age 13 delivering newspapers, and worked full-time or near full-time while enrolled in college to finance his education.

Ric is a graduate of The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. While at Pacific McGeorge, Ric served as a full-time student extern to the Honorable Consuelo M. Callahan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, assistant comment editor for the Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal, and President of the Student Bar Association. Upon graduating from Pacific McGeorge, Ric was inducted into the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society, and awarded the “Outstanding Student Achievement Award” for his graduating class.

Clayton primarily focuses his practice on issues relating to the construction industry. He started his legal career in state government where he served as the Deputy Chief Attorney for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Construction Division. His duties included not only prosecuting construction licensing cases, but working with the governor’s office and analyzing any potential bills affecting the construction industry.

Prior to DBPR, Clayton worked for a consulting company specializing in the local, state and federal corrections industry. His duties included serving as a liaison between the client and local, state and national agencies, boards, governing bodies and political subdivisions.

Since the early 1900s, Clayton’s family has worked in the construction industry in the State of Florida. Prior to law school, Clayton worked for the family business for roughly 10 years installing underground utilities. His background provides him with an in-depth understanding of the industry and Clayton’s family roots in construction has cultivated his passion to zealously advocate for the construction industry.

Clayton is a relationship management specialist dedicated to leveraging his industry experience by developing both strategic and tactical approaches to build and enhance business opportunities for our clients.

As a Florida Board Certified Construction Lawyer who is also licensed in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, Trent focuses his practice on all aspects of construction litigation and arbitration, including OSHA defense, lien law, bond law, and bid protests, as well as construction document review and drafting. He routinely represents general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, architects, engineers, developers, and others in the construction industry in a variety of matters.

Trent serves as General Counsel for the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Association (FRSA), National Slate Association (NSA), Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA), Canadian Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA), and several other industry associations.  He routinely advocates for the construction industry and is active in molding contractor-friendly statutes, rules, and regulations on the local, state, and national levels.  Trent has been recognized as one of the leading attorneys in the field by his peers and the construction industry and has received numerous honors and distinctions as identified below. He is the editor and primary author of the Amazon best-selling book OSHA Defense for the Construction Industry.

As the grandson of the first African American to ever win a statewide election in Florida, Roscoe’s roots in the political and governmental arena run deep. Prior to joining Cotney Construction Law, Roscoe served as Co-Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Florida First Coast Chapter, where he met and worked with government officials at the local, state and national levels concerning legislation and regulatory proposals which impacted the construction industry.  Since joining Cotney Construction Law, he has continued his commitment to be an advocate for the construction industry and is a registered lobbyist in the state of Florida.

Roscoe comes from a family of contractors and is also a certified general contractor in the state of Florida with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. His background in construction provides him with in-depth knowledge and a unique understanding of the issues facing the industry, which allows him to advocate for the industry at an enhanced and intimate level.

This unique knowledge and understanding traverses into Roscoe’s practice as an attorney with Cotney Construction Law, where he represents clients in all areas of construction law throughout Florida and Georgia; including construction and commercial litigation, general corporate law, contract and payment disputes, contract drafting and negotiation, construction defects, bid protest, and lien and bond claims.

Roscoe continues to utilize his background and knowledge of the law to advocate for the industry and to provide exceptional service to his clients at Cotney Construction Law.