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

Lease-Leaseback Fight Continues

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It’s like the rematch between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. In the right corner we have the California Taxpayers Action Network. In the left corner, Taber… Read more

It’s All About the Equities. Indemnity Provision Survives Anti-SLAPP Motion

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In our last post, Heads I Win, Tails You Lose. Court Finds Indemnity Provision Went Too Far, we discussed a case in which a project owner… Read more

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose. Court Finds Indemnity Provision Went Too Far

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We all love David and Goliath stories. The underdog winning against the far stronger (and dastardly) opponent. Think Rocky Balboa versus Ivan Drago, the Star Wars… Read more

Infrastructure is Dead!

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This past Wednesday, House Democratic leaders unveiled their $760 billion, five-year infrastructure proposal with a focus on climate change. On its face, this is good news… Read more

2020 Construction Outlook: Have We Hit the Peak?

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  The bad news: We may be at the top of the rollercoaster. The good news: It looks like more of a dip than a downturn.… Read more

2020 California Construction Law Update

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As 2020 fast approaches, we ring in many new changes to California’s construction laws. Among other changes, California adopted its 2019 triennial revisions to the California… Read more

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

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