Garret D. MuraiAttorney

Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP 1111 Broadway, 24th FloorOakland, CA 94607
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Profile

Garret is co-chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group.

A Foundation in Design and Construction

He began his career as a lobbyist for the American Institute of Architects in Sacramento, California where he worked with state legislators and executive agencies on issues of importance to design professionals. He later worked as a lobbyist in Washington D.C. where he represented multifamily developers, property owners and financiers on issues before Congress and executive agencies.

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 worked on significant projects in California and outside the state, from iconic landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge to the shiniest new additions to the San Francisco skyline such as 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.

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.

Experience

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.

Publications

In addition to serving as Editor of Wendel Rosen’s California Construction Law Blog, Garret is an update author for several well-regarded practice guides published by the California State Bar’s Continuing Education of the Bar, and is a regular contributor to a monthly construction law column for the Daily Journal, as well as various industry trade publications.

Available Articles:

Blogs

California Construction Law Blog, Editor, 2011 - Present

Practice Guides

  • Mechanics Liens and Related Remedies, Update Author, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2014 – Present
  • Office Leasing: Drafting and Negotiating the Lease, Update Author, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2009 – Present
  • Retail Leasing: Drafting and Negotiation the Lease, Update Author, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2009 – Present
  • Construction Law Update: Case Law & Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry, “California” Chapter, contributing author, American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law, 2016
Presentations
  • Hot Projects: The Future of Oakland,” Moderator, BisNow, October 5, 2017

  • "Bid Protests:The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” Panelist, Public Law Section, Sacramento County Bar Association, September 9, 2014
  • “Performance Contracting,” Panelist, GreenerBuilder 2013 Conference, U.S. Green Building Council, Northern California, June 12, 2013

  • “Disability Access Litigation in California,” Speaker, National Retail Tenants Association, February 15, 2012

  • “The New AIA Contract Documents and Standards of Care,” Panelist, Professional Practice Forum, American Institute of Architects, East Bay, July 19, 2009

  • “Subcontractor Contract Clauses,” Panelist, American Subcontractors Association, Bay Area Chapter, October 24, 2008

 
Affiliations
American Bar Association
  • Forum on Construction Law, Member

  • American Institute of Architects, California Council
    • Member

    Associated General Contractors of California
    • Legal Advisory Committee, Member

    American Subcontractors Association of California
    • Member

    Alameda County Bar Association
      • Member

      Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
      • Member

      National Eagle Scout Association
      • Member

Recognitions
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, "Super Lawyer," 2014 - Present
  • Recognized by JD Supra as a “Top Author” 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
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