Trent believes in partnering with his clients by truly understanding their business, their needs, concerns, and goals. He takes a sincere interest in his clients and strives to understand what is truly important to them. This philosophy comes from his experience sitting on the opposite side of the desk from attorneys, as a client. As an operations manager of a multi-million dollar construction company, Trent worked closely with numerous attorneys for nearly ten years. He knows what it is like to sit in the client’s chair, and as a result, he strives to be the attorney he wished he always had.
Trent has expertise in nearly all aspects of construction and development projects in Arizona. Unlike most Arizona construction law attorneys, Trent has hands on experience in the field and in the home office which allows him to better understand the issues, the nuances, and the complexities of construction law from contract disputes, payment problems, and lien law to defect litigation.
Trent grew up in a family business—a commercial and residential general construction company. Growing up he had a hand in every aspect of the family construction business, Trent is ingrained with a deep appreciation for successful business operations. As the years passed, Trent’s responsibilities in the company grew and he worked his way up from a laborer, tradesman, foreman, superintendent, project manager, and finally to operations manager. While a project manager, Trent was responsible for simultaneously managing several multi-million dollar commercial and residential construction projects and successfully completed more than $50 million worth of construction. After being promoted to operations manager, he was responsible for the successful on-time, under-budget completion of as many as 30 projects per year.
Trent developed and designed Contractor Shield, a new program where Trent and a small team of other Davis Miles McGuire Gardner attorneys analyze and evaluate a construction company to alert the business to its vulnerabilities and liabilities, thus helping to prevent legal problems and payment problems before they arise. This revolutionary concept was designed from the ground up to help contractors protect their bottom line and their sanity. According to Trent, “one of the lessons I learned over and over from my father was that it is less expensive to prevent problems than it is to fix them.” This program was designed to do exactly that, at a low fixed cost to the client.
As an avid outdoorsman, Trent enjoys shooting sports and firearms collecting. His interest in the law and love of firearms has left Trent with an intense interest in firearms law- in particular, the National Firearms Act (NFA). Trent drafts custom gun trusts which allow firearms owners and collectors to safely and legally own NFA weapons, including machine guns, short barrel rifles (SBR), short barrel shotguns (SBS), suppressors (silencers), destructive devices, and Another Other Weapons (AOW). Gun trusts ensure that those weapons are purchased and transferred properly to prevent accidental felony charges.
Trent knows what is most important in his life: his wife and three children. He loves spending time with them and strives to be a good husband and father. Trent loves the outdoors and enjoys scuba diving, camping, sports, and shooting (but not hunting). Trent maintains an informative website, www.azgunlaw.com, which is dedicated to Arizona firearms law, the National Firearms Act (NFA) and gun trusts.
Licensed since 2013
Hourly ($250-275/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Trial Advocacy Fellow||Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||2013|
|Law, Science and Technology Certificate||Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||2013|
|Willard H. Pedrick Scholar||Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||2011|
|Hall of Fame||Boy Scouts of America - Picacho Peak district||2007|
|Spark Plug Award||Boy Scouts of America||2007|
|Spark Plug Award||Boy Scouts of America||2006|
|Spark Plug Award||Boy Scouts of America||2005|
|Masonry Building of the Year||Arizona Masonry Guild||2004|
|Eagle Scout||Boy Scouts of America||1996|
|Manager||Woods Law Group, PLLC||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Davis Miles McGuire Gardner PLLC||2013 - 2014|
|Rule 38 Limited Practice Attorney||Maricopa Country Attorney's Ofc||2012 - 2013|
|Operations Manager||Woods Construction Company, Inc.||2007 - 2010|
|Project Manager / Estimator||Woods Construction Company, Inc.||2002 - 2007|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|State Bar of Arizona, Construction Law Section||Member||2014 - Present|
|WealthCounsel||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|National Rifle Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Davis Miles McGuire Gardner Newsletter||Arizona Lien Laws: What Every Contractor, Subcontractor or Material Supplier Needs to Know||2014|
|Davis Miles McGuire Gardner PLLC Newsletter||Machine Guns and Bigfoot: National Firearms Act Myths||2014|
|Davis Miles McGuire Gardner Newsletter||Medical Marijuana and Guns: Do they Mix?||2014|
|Davis Miles McGuire Gardner Newsletter||What is a Gun Trust?||2014|
|Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2013|
|Gun Trusts: The Best Way to Own, Use, and Share Machine Guns, Silencers, and ALL of Your Guns||NFA Gun Trusts||2014|
|Gun Trust Seminar||Gun Trusts||2014|
|Gun Trust Seminar||Gun Trusts||2014|