William J. Tinsley, Jr.

William J. Tinsley, Jr.

Phelps Dunbar LLP

Recognized since 2021

Tampa, Florida

Practice Areas

Construction Law

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For more than 25 years, Bill Tinsley has provided design professionals, owners, contractors and sureties with pragmatic, cost-effective resolution of complex claims and disputes through litigation, arbitration and mediation. His practice includes drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts for traditional and alternative contract delivery methods including design-build and construction management. Each contract is tailored to meet specific project requirements. Additionally, Bill provides full support, legal services for large projects from conception to project closeout for owner/developers, contractors, joint ventures and design professionals including contract development, claims management and dispute resolution.

Bill has represented clients throughout the United States on public and private projects including light rail, power plants, hotels, high rise buildings, pharmaceutical laboratories, retail centers, university buildings, highways, bridges and many other types of infrastructure improvements. Disputes successfully resolved include:

  • design and construction defects
  • cost overruns
  • bid protests
  • prevailing wage and labor issues
  • unforeseen site conditions
  • debt collection
  • takeover and completion assignments
  • bond claims
  • liens

Bill has authored multiple articles and frequently provides presentations to other attorneys and industry professionals concerning best practices for design-build and other contract delivery methods, as well as dispute resolution and risk avoidance.

  • 100 South Ashley Drive, Suite 2000
    Tampa, FL 33602-5311
  • New York Law School, J.D. , graduated 1992
  • The University of South Carolina, B.A., graduated 1981
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, Florida
  • New Jersey, New Jersey
  • New York, New York
  • American Bar Association - Forum on Construction
  • Design-Build Institute of America - Member, 2019 Contracts Documents Committee
  • Design-Build Institute of America Florida Region - 2019 Board of Directors and Chair of Legal Affairs
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Phelps Dunbar LLP
Headquarters: New Orleans, Louisiana

162 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Construction Law
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2002-2019
  • Selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2012-2014
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Litigation - Construction


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