Garret D. MuraiAttorney

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

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.


A few of Garret’s recent matters include:


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

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

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

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

  • Negotiated a multi-million federal construction contract for a U.S. Veterans Affairs facility in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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


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 our 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. Following a three week jury trial, a unanimous jury found in favor of our client.



  • 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.


A prolific writer, in addition to serving as Editor of the firm’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:


California Construction Law Blog, Editor, 2011 - Present

Practice Guides

  • Construction Law Update: Case Law & Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry, “California” Chapter, contributing author, American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law, 2016
  • Mechanics Liens and Related Remedies, Update Author, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2014 –2015
  • Office Leasing: Drafting and Negotiating the Lease, Update Author, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2009 –2015
  • Retail Leasing: Drafting and Negotiation the Lease, Update Author, Continuing Education of the Bar, 2009 – 2015


  • “Mixing Concrete, Like Baking a Cake, is Fraught with Problems When the Recipe is Not Followed,” California Constructor, Associated General Contractors of California, July/August 2015
  • “And Just When You Thought You Knew The Rules,” California Constructor, Associated General Contractors of California, January/February 2014
  • "You Say 'Tomato,' I Say 'Tomahto' — Not All Deadlines Are Created Equally — At Least Under the Miller Act," Legal Briefs, Associated General Contractors of California, August 2013
  • "Workers, Wages and Wage Assessments: California Labor Commissioner Cracks Down on Prevailing Wage Violations," Legal Briefs,  Associated General Contractors of California, August 2013
  • “Completed and Accepted Doctrine Extended to Architects,” American Institute of Architects, California Council, February 2013
  • "Design Professional Liens: Gone But Not Forgotten," American Institute of Architects, California Council, February 2012


  • “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

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

  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, "Super Lawyer," 2014 - 2017
  • Recognized by JD Supra as a “Top Author” in its inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards, 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, "Rising Star," 2009 - 2011

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2016
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