Clayton T. Osteen

Clayton T. Osteen joined Jimerson & Cobb in 2017 and practices in the areas of construction law, administrative law, licensing and business litigation.  In 2017, Mr. Osteen was recognized by Florida Trend magazine’s 2017 Florida Legal Elite.

Prior to joining Jimerson & Cobb, Mr. Osteen served as the Deputy Chief Attorney for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and presented cases in front of the Construction Industry Licensing Board, as well as the Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board.  Mr. Osteen has extensive experience prosecuting licensing discipline cases and has tried multiple cases at the Division of Administrative Hearings, including a case that resulted in changing regulations to the pool industry.

Mr. Osteen’s family has worked in the construction industry for over thirty years.  Prior to law school, Mr. Osteen labored as an underground technician and supervisor for roughly ten years installing underground utilities.  Mr. Osteen employs this background in the practice of law and his experience and knowledge of the construction industry, and business in general, only strengthen his legal focus areas.

Mr. Osteen was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2014 after earning his Juris Doctorate degree from the Florida State University College of Law.  He also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Florida State.  During his undergraduate career, Mr. Osteen played defensive end for the Florida State University football team.

Mr. Osteen is a native Floridian, growing up in Oxford, Florida.  He resides in the Mandarin area with his dog, Rambo.  In his downtime, he likes to hunt, fish, travel, golf, and workout.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • The Jacksonville Bar Association

Honors and Recognition

  • Florida Trend Magazine “Legal Elite,” 2017


  • Florida State University, Juris Doctor
  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science in Business Management

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  • Ducks Unlimited – Jacksonville Chapter
  • Northeast Florida Builders Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors – Florida First Coast Chapter
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division

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Construction Law

  • Represented multiple condominium associations in class action for construction defects, design defects and building code violations in excess of $6,000,000 in damages.
  • Represented multiple general contractors and sub-contractors in construction lien filing and foreclosure on commercial and residential development projects.
  • Drafted and negotiated construction contracts for owners, general contractors and subcontractors on commercial and residential construction projects.
  • Represented general contractors, subcontractors and materials suppliers in filing and defending various Federal Miller Act and Florida Little Miller Act claims for improvements performed on Federal and State lands.
  • Represented owners and development companies in knocking out improperly filed lien claims through technical arguments based on failure to obtain licensure, failure to follow statutory protocols and liening without a contract.

Administrative Law and Licensing

  • Represented multiple contractors on workers’ compensation violations and penalty assessments issued by the Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation.
  • Over the course of Mr. Osteen’s career prosecuting cases for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, he obtained a multitude of Final Orders, which included thousands of dollars in administrative fines, placing contractors on probation, and, in some cases, the revocation of a contractor’s license.
  • Osteen now represents contractors in all aspects of obtaining initial licensure, securing addition business entities and defending contractors and design professionals in administrative proceedings for discipline on licenses.