Murai, Garret D.

Garret D. Murai
Attorney

t: 510.834.6600
f: 510.834.1928
gmurai@wendel.com

Education

Santa Clara University, J.D.

University of California, Davis, B.A.

Admissions

State Bar of California

  • Profile
  • Experience
  • AFFILIATIONS
  • Recognition
  • INSIGHTS

With an extensive background in design and development issues, Garret brings a unique perspective to construction, real estate, contract and employment issues. Garret is known for his diligence, client-focused pragmatism, deep knowledge of construction law, and trusted value as counselor and advocate.

Construction Focus

Garret chairs the firm’s construction practice group. 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 worked on significant projects in California and outside the state, from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the Salesforce Tower. His experience extends from project formation through project closeout, including contractor licensing, contract drafting and negotiations, bid protests and subcontractor substitutions, mechanics liens, stop payment notice and other payment remedies, and defect, delay and acceleration claims.

Foundation in Design and Development

Early in his career, Garret worked as a lobbyist for the American Institute of Architects in Sacramento, California, engaging with state legislators and executive agencies on issues of importance to design professionals. Later work in Washington D.C. representing multifamily developers, property owners and financiers on issues before Congress and executive agencies extended his broad insight into construction law matters.

Counselor and Advocate

While Garret’s practice focuses on design and construction, his broad experience, dedication, and willingness to take a case to trial when necessary has made him the attorney of choice for clients with other types of disputes, including those involving real estate, business contracts, employment and other issues.

A few of Garret’s recent matters include:

Construction

  • Successfully represented one of the nation’s fastest growing solar companies in a contractor licensing claim brought by the California Attorney General’s Office.

  • Assisted foreign corporation with contractor licensing and contracting issues related to work performed at Tesla’s automotive manufacturing plant in Fremont, California.

  • Successfully represented subcontractor on a community college district project involving millions of dollars in claims.

  • Negotiated multi-million dollar retail and manufacturing plant construction contract for an up-and-coming craft brewery.

  • Successfully resolved millions of dollars in claims against a general contractor on a public library project following the bankruptcy of a first-tier subcontractor.

 

Real Estate

  • Represented a partner in a contentious four-year partnership dispute involving the partition and sale of property owned by the partnership. The case, which went to arbitration, resulted in an arbitrator’s award in favor of Garret’s client on all issues.

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of one of the nation’s largest single-family developers in a bet-the-company case litigated in Arizona against a conglomerate of the nation’s largest lending institutions.

  • Represented metal recycling company in trespass and conversion claim brought by landowner who alleged that company had stolen railroad track from its property resulting in millions of dollars in lost profit. Following a three- week jury trial, a unanimous jury found in favor of Garret’s client.

 

Business

  • Assisted start-up company in purchase of well-established construction company, including obtaining a contractor’s license for the new company and preparing standardized construction contracts.

American Bar Association

  • Forum on Construction Law, Member

American Institute of Architects, California Council

Associated General Contractors of California

  • Legal Advisory Committee, Member

American Subcontractors Association of California

Alameda County Bar Association

Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area

National Eagle Scout Association

  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, “Super Lawyer,” 2014 – Present
  • Recognized by JD Supra as a “Top Author” in Construction Law in its Readers’ Choice Awards, 2016 – Present
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, “Rising Star,” 2009 – 2011

 

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2016

Garret is the managing editor of Wendel Rosen’s California Construction Law Blog.

Publications

The Wendel Report: Construction and Infrastructure Update, February 2018

The Wendel Report: Construction and Infrastructure Update, February 2018

02/28/2018 | Construction Practice Newsletter

2018 California Construction Law Update During the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, while much political attention was focused on several California laws that could be viewed as California’s…

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And the Winner Is…The Right to Repair Act!

And the Winner Is…The Right to Repair Act!

02/07/2018 | AGC of California Legal Brief

Click here to read article "And the Winner Is…The Right to Repair Act!," originally published in AGC of California Legal Brief on February 7, 2018 to find out what attorney Garret…

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California’s New Public Works Claims Resolution Process

California’s New Public Works Claims Resolution Process

07/18/2017 | Garret D. Murai

[This article appeared in The Wendel Report: Construction and Infrastructure Update, July 2017.] If you’re a public entity or contractor involved in public works construction, you should be aware of a new…

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Date Category Publication Title
07/18/2017 Publication Garret D. Murai CSLB Releases New Forms and Announces New Fees
07/18/2017 Publication Garret D. Murai The Mechanics of Mechanics Liens
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07/18/2017 Publication Garret D. Murai Trump, Infrastructure and the Construction Industry
01/18/2017 Publication Garret D. Murai 2017 California Construction Law Update
01/18/2017 Publication Garret D. Murai 2017 Construction Outlook: Slow, Mature Growth
01/18/2017 Publication Garret D. Murai An Owner’s Guide to Notices of Completion, Cessation and Non-Responsibility
01/18/2017 Publication Garret D. Murai It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. No, it’s a Drone. Long Awaited FAA Drone Regulations Finally Take Flight
08/24/2016 Publication Western Real Estate Business An Owner’s Guide to Notices of Completion, Cessation and Non-Responsibility
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08/17/2016 Publication Garret D. Murai “Do Change Orders Need to be In Writing?” and Other Things That Might Surprise You.
08/17/2016 Publication Garret D. Murai Is it the End of Lease-Leasebacks as We Know it?
08/17/2016 Publication Garret D. Murai Is it the Dawning of the Age of Strict Products Liability for California Contractors?
01/25/2016 Publication Garret Murai California Supreme Court Shifts Gears on “Reverse CEQA”
10/01/2015 Publication Oakland Business Review Three Common Construction Contracts
01/17/2014 Publication California Constructor Just When You Thought You Knew The Rules
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News

Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Wendel Rosen Sees 22 Attorneys Named as 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

07/08/2019

Wendel Rosen LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the state, announces that 22 attorneys have been named to the 2019 edition of Northern California…

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Wendel Rosen Partner Garret Murai Recognized as JD Supra Top Author for Fourth Straight Year

Wendel Rosen Partner Garret Murai Recognized as JD Supra Top Author for Fourth Straight Year

03/27/2019

 Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP, the largest law firm in the East Bay representing businesses throughout the Bay Area and state, congratulates Construction Partner Garret D. Murai on his…

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Wendel Rosen Sees 26 Attorneys Named 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Wendel Rosen Sees 26 Attorneys Named 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

07/10/2018

OAKLAND, Calif., July 10, 2018 – Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP announces that 26 attorneys have been named to the 2018 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers, including two…

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Date Category Publication Title
04/02/2018 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Partners Garret Murai and Kevin Brodehl Receive JD Supra’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards
03/20/2017 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Partner Garret Murai Named a JD Supra Top Author for Second Year in a Row
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03/23/2016 Press Release   Wendel Rosen Attorney Garret Murai Named JD Supra Top Author

Education

Santa Clara University, J.D.

University of California, Davis, B.A.

Admissions

State Bar of California

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