Benjamin S. Briggs | Partner

Benjamin S. Briggs 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 Cotney Construction Law, 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 Cotney Construction Law.


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

  • Law Offices of Cynthia N. Sass, P.A., Tampa, Florida, Associate Attorney
  • Michigan State Court of Appeals, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Prehearing Attorney
  • Schlam, Stone & Dolan LLP, New York, New York, Summer Associate
  • Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, Massachusetts, Law Student Practitioner
  • Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Judicial Clerk
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Professional Recognition

  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite Up & Comer, 2017, 2018, 2020
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  • State of Florida
  • State of Michigan
  • State of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
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  • Advanced Safety and HR Policies for COVID-19, National Roofing Contractors Association, July 24, 2020
  • Top 5 Employment Issues in Roofing, Virtual Western Roofing Expo, July 1, 2020
  • Department of Labor’s Final Overtime Exemption Rule Released for 2020: What the Changes Mean for Your Organization, Florida Irrigation Society Tampa Chapter Meeting, March 3, 2020
  • Top 5 Immigration Issues for Roofers, International Roofing Expo, February 6, 2020
  • Davis Bacon & Related Acts, Associated Builders & Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Lunch & Learn, October 16, 2019
  • How to Pay Your Employees the Correct Overtime, Florida Irrigation Society Water Summit, August 16, 2019
  • Wage & Hour: Potential Pitfalls, Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Association Convention, July 18, 2019
  • Are You Paying Your Employees the Correct Overtime Pay? Florida Irrigation Society Volusia County Workshop, June 18, 2019
  • Overtime: Compliance & Strategy, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association April Meeting, April 11, 2019
  • The Impact of the Legalization of Marijuana on the Construction Industry & How to Prepare, Sprayfoam Show 2019 Annual Conference, February 6, 2019
  • Davis Bacon & Related Acts, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Lunch & Learn, August 7, 2018
  • Top Five Employment Issues in the Roofing Industry, Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association Annual Convention, June 29, 2018
  • Top Five Immigration Issues in the Construction Industry, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast, June 21, 2018
  • Worker’s Compensation Law, Construction Partners of Tampa Bay, June 6, 2018
  • Immigration Law and Compliance, Florida Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors Association Conference, April 12, 2018
  • Wage and Hour Law, Air Conditioning Contractors of America Conference, November 9, 2017
  • Marijuana in the Workplace, South Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association Conference, April 5, 2017
  • Using the National Labor Relations Act to Your Client’s Advantage, Florida NELA Annual Conference, September 5, 2015
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  • “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?” Construction Dive, April 2020
  • “How Employers Should Respond to COVID-19,” Roofing Magazine, 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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Selected Professional and Civic Activities

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