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Aaron Copeland

Aaron joined Cotney Construction Law in 2019 as a law clerk in the Nashville office. He studied finance and management at the University of Kentucky before graduating from Vanderbilt Law School. He is currently awaiting results from the Tennessee Bar. After licensure, he plans to use his business and legal education to efficiently serve his client’s needs. Aaron will be part of the Corporate Division at Cotney, working on tax matters, mergers & acquisitions, trademarks, corporate maintenance, bankruptcy, and estate planning.

John Kenney is the Chief Operating Officer at Cotney Construction Law. Prior to joining Cotney, John had 45 years of experience in the construction industry.  John started his career by working as a roofing apprentice at a family business in the Northeast. He also managed many successful projects in the New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania markets before continuing his accomplishments in Florida.  Because of his skill and hard work, he progressed from roofing laborer to foreman, estimator, chief estimator, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with his various companies.  

John has worked for multiple Top 100 Roofing Contractors and is intimately familiar with all aspects of roofing production, estimating, and operations. In his last role, John was responsible for the daily operations and performance of a large commercial roofing contractor.  During his tenure, John ran business units associated with delivering excellent workmanship and unparalleled customer service while ensuring healthy net profits for his company.

John also volunteers his time as a member of the Board of Directors for the West Coast Roofing Contractors Association. He has been involved with the organization for the last 20 years and currently serves as its President. One of John’s great joys is volunteering with many industry organizations, along with mentoring and giving back to the community.

Kelly Tanner joined Cotney Construction Law in March of 2018. Her role as Marketing Associate called on her to help the Customer Service department fulfill the goal of delivering “Wow!” customer service to each new and current client.

With 5 years’ experience in the customer service industry, Kelly is instrumental in ensuring customer experiences are remarkable at Cotney Construction Law. In 2019, Kelly’s role expanded to Client Services Coordinator, a role that also calls on Kelly to oversee engagement letters, conflict checks, lead
conversion analysis & reporting, and more.

Kelly isn’t new to the construction industry. In fact, she grew up in it and received early on-the-job training while working for her mother’s roofing company.

Prior to joining Cotney Construction Law, Kelly worked in player development at a local casino and carried out several internships en route to earning a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of South Florida.

Anita Lum is Cotney Construction Law’s Marketing Manager where she is responsible for managing all marketing efforts of the firm including social media campaigns, association events & trade shows, advertising opportunities, and market research.

Anita is a graduate of Boston College. Prior to joining Cotney Construction Law, she planned events for an organization that housed several professional engineering and land surveying associations in Boston, Massachusetts.