Benjamin S. Briggs

Partner

Benjamin S. Briggs represents and advises clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wage and hour, discrimination, and retaliation claims, HR training and internal audits, 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. Before joining Cotney, Ben spent more than five years practicing employment and appellate law. Ben continues to utilize his diverse employment background and experience in his representation of clients with Cotney.

  • 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
  • “Updating Your Employee Manual for 2021,” Roofing Magazine, February 2021
  • “Shifting Regulatory Requirments: Temporary Policy Changes to Form I-9 and E-Verify Now Are in Effect,” NRCA Professional Roofing, October 2020
  • “OSHA’s Whistleblower Protections During the COVID-19 Crisis,” RoofersCoffeeShop, May 2020
  • “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
  • “Everything Roofing Companies Need to Know About The Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” RoofersCoffeeShop, 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
  • 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
  • Labor & Employment
  • Construction & Infrastructure Law
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • 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
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • Tampa Magazine, Top Lawyers, Employment Law: Management, 2021
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2018-2020
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite Up & Comer, 2017-2020
  • 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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