For Garret, design and construction is in the genes. The son of an architect, Garret grew up around drafting tables and construction sites.
A Foundation in Design and Construction
He started his career as a lobbyist for the American Institute of Architects in Sacramento, California, where he worked with legislators and executive agencies on issues of importance to the design profession. He later worked as a lobbyist in Washington D.C., where he represented multifamily property owners, developers and financiers on issues before Congress and executive agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
A Focus on the Built Environment
Since then, Garret has represented parties involved in nearly every aspect of design and construction, including owners, developers, architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, equipment lessors, sureties and insurers.
He has been involved in a wide range of public and private projects, from mixed-used developments to high-tech manufacturing facilities, as well as some of the most iconic structures in the nation, including the Golden Gate Bridge.
His experience extends to matters arising from project formation through post project close-out, including licensing issues, contract drafting and negotiations, bid protests and subcontractor substitutions, mechanics liens, stop payment notice and other payment remedies, and defect, delay and acceleration claims.
Garret has been recognized as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer in the area of Construction Litigation, and in addition to being a prolific writer on issues affecting the construction industry, is the Editor of the firm’s California Construction Law Blog, which provides an informative yet wry look at construction law in California.
A Counselor and Advocate
While Garret’s practice focuses on design and construction, his experience, client-focused pragmatism, and willingness to take a case to trial when necessary has made him the attorney of choice for clients with other types of disputes as well, including those involving real estate, business contracts and employment issues, among others.