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 (www.calconstructionlawblog.com) which provides an informative yet wry look at legal issues affecting the construction industry in California.
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