For close to two decades, Griff (as he is known by his peers) Tyndall has represented a wide range of construction clients – from general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers to owners, design professionals, lenders and sureties. He has extensive experience in advising clients during the pre-construction process on matters such as contract and subcontract drafting and negotiation, as well as insurance and bonding. He also handles his clients’ dispute resolution needs through litigation in both state and federal courts or through alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration.
Known for his expertise in the construction law arena, Griff often lectures at seminars and industry-related events on various construction-related topics. In his free time – in addition to raising his three children, Sarah, Caroline and Andrew – he enjoys college football, golf and playing guitar.
- As co-lead counsel, obtained a $7.9 million award following a week-long arbitration hearing on behalf of a horizontal directional drilling contractor in a complex construction claim arising out of the installation of a natural gas pipeline in Mississippi.
- Assisted in handling of workout and resolution of troubled commercial real estate loans for a large multi-regional banking institution.
- Successfully argued on behalf of a client before the Alabama Supreme Court and received a writ of mandamus dismissing the client from a multi-million dollar state court litigation arising out of alleged defective construction.
- Served as co-chair in a successful arbitration proceeding on behalf of a subcontractor client in claim against a general contractor to recover amounts owed and was primarily responsible for the preparation of the brief on appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court, who affirmed the arbitration award.
- Drafted and negotiated a variety of construction agreements ranging in value from $100,000 to over $250 million.
- Handled a variety of construction-related legal matters for clients, including owners, general contractors and subcontractors, ranging from the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, subcontracts, and other related instruments to litigation of construction claims – whether in state or federal courts or arbitration.
- Assisted in the defense of a variety of litigation matters on behalf of insurance company clients and their insureds, including personal injury lawsuits, property damage lawsuits, and workers’ compensation lawsuits.
- Primarily responsible for drafting the appellant’s brief in Southland Mgmt. Co. v. Brown 730 So. 2d 43 (Miss. 1998), in which the Supreme Court of Mississippi reversed a $2 million jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff and rendered a verdict in the client’s favor.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
- Recognized as a “Top Attorney” in Birmingham Magazine in 2017
- Recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal with its “Best of the Bar” honor
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
- Lecturer at numerous construction-related seminars on a variety of topics, including mechanics’ liens, public works contracts, and construction claims
- Authored several articles in various construction industry periodicals on a variety of topics, including construction insurance and bankruptcy’s effect on a construction project
- Taught “Construction Liability and Contracts” graduate-level course to students seeking the Master of Engineering degree in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Construction Engineering & Management (2010-2015)