As General Counsel for Flintco, Trent Gudgel has practiced Construction Law for most of his career and particularly enjoys the complexity of construction projects: many different elements, multiple parties working toward a common goal, with a variety of complex legal issues that he considers a professional challenge to overcome. He follows a win-win philosophy to reach a collaborative “yes” when negotiating through an issue.
Trent works to streamline contracting with his in-house legal team using cloud-based technology that allows project teams to expedite the execution of owner contracts, and the Subcontract Requisition System (SRS), which gives project teams the ability to quickly generate and execute subcontracts with trade partners in a uniform, consistent and timely basis. Both technologies support productive working relationships with our construction partners.
When Trent relocated to Austin in July 2019 from our Tulsa office, he gave up long-standing commitments with local non-profit organizations, including Family & Children & Services, the premier provider of mental health and counseling services to more than 100,000 families in northeast Oklahoma each year. He also served on the Board of Directors of Influencers Tulsa, a discipleship ministry for men, where he volunteered for nine years. Trent is looking forward to getting involved with other philanthropic and socially significant organizations in the Austin area. “My personal philosophy is to serve in the community I live in because I feel like I’ve been given so much,” Trent said.
Trent enjoys regular exercise, sailing, golf with snow skiing being his favorite activity away from the office. Spending time with his wife and four adult children is another favorite pastime. Trent holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, and dual post-graduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma – a Juris Doctorate and an MBA.