Garret Murai

Attorney at Wendel Rosen LLP


Oakland, California

About Garret Murai
Garret is a partner at Wendel Rosen LLP in Oakland, California where he chairs the firm's Construction Practice Group. His practice focuses on construction, real estate and related business matters.

The son of an architect, Garret grew up around blueprints and drafting tables. And, while he didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps he didn’t stray far either. He worked as a lobbyist in Sacramento and later Washington, D.C. where he represented the design profession and construction industry before the California state legislature, Congress and executive bodies including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Since then, Garret’s practice has focused almost exclusively on construction, real estate and related business disputes. He has represented public entities, private owners, developers, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, equipment lessors and sureties from contract negotiations through trial on numerous public and private projects from state-of-the-art processing facilities to the most iconic landmarks in the nation including the Golden Gate Bridge.

Recognized as a Super Lawyer and Rising Star in the area of construction litigation in Thompson Reuter’s annual list of Northern California Super Lawyers, Garret has written and spoken before many of the leading construction organizations in the state and is a contributing author on topics related to construction law for the Continuing Education of the Bar sponsored by the State Bar of California and published by the University of California.

Garret is also the editor of the firm's award-winning California Construction Law Blog ( which provides an informative yet wry look at legal issues affecting the construction industry in California.
Recent articles by Garret Murai

Introducing Nomos LLP!

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 We’ve been quiet lately we know. We’ve been nesting. Not the alien popping through your stomach kind of nesting, although, there have been a few white… Read more

California Attempts to Tackle Housing Affordability Crisis

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It’s a bit too early yet for our 2020 Construction Law Update but here’s a preview of some of the new laws taking effect next year.… Read more

California Subcontractor Gets a Kick in the Rear (or Perhaps the Front) for Prematurely Recorded Mechanics Lien

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California provides three statutorily recognized construction payment remedies: (1) mechanics liens; (2) stop payment notices; and (3) payment bond claims. Each is intended to provide payment… Read more

When it Comes to Trials, it’s Like a Box of Chocolates. Sometimes You Get the Icky Cream Filled One

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According to the California Judicial Council you have about a one in three chance your case will go to trial.  In 2018, of the 210,028 unlimited… Read more

Sweet News for Yum Yum Donuts: Lost Goodwill is Not an All or Nothing Proposition

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Last month a California Court of Appeals clarified that a property owner facing eminent domain is only required to prove partial loss of goodwill, not total… Read more

Court of Appeals Finds Additional Insured Coverage Despite “Care, Custody or Control” Exclusion

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When things go wrong on a construction project it’s often a scramble of finger pointing. In McMillin Homes Construction, Inc. v. National Fire & Marine Insurance Company,… Read more

Installation of Solar Panels Ain’t “Roofing Work” Under OSHA Says 9th Circuit

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In a straightforward case, but one with widespread applicability today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that rooftop installation of solar panels isn’t (ain’t) “roofing… Read more

California Court of Appeal Makes Short Work Trial Court Order Preventing Party From Supplementing Experts

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Years ago I recommended to a client that we hire a construction defect expert in a case. The client, a thrifty fellow, responded, “But I thought… Read more

A Reminder to Renew Your Public Works Registration by June 30, 2019

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A friendly reminder from the folks at the CSLB . . . June 24, 2019                                                            CSLB #19-05 Public Works Contractors: Renew Your Registration Online by End of… Read more

What You Need to Know About Home Improvement Contracts

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Given the variety of problems that can arise on a construction project, from defects to delays, it’s difficult to draft a construction contract that addresses every… Read more

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