Garret D. Murai

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  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Davis, B.A.


  • California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California

The son of an architect, Garret grew up around blueprints and drafting tables. While he didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps, he didn’t stray far either.

A Foundation in Design and Construction

Prior to law school, Garret 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.

A Focus on Construction

Since then, Garret’s practice has focused almost exclusively on design and construction. He 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 like the Salesforce Tower. His project-specific 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.

He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in the area of construction litigation by Thompson Reuters, a distinction reserved for no more than 5% of attorneys in a given practice area, and is a Charter Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, an invitation-only national fellowship of construction attorneys.

A Counselor and Advocate

While Garret’s practice focuses on design and construction, his broad experience, dedication, and willingness to take a case to trial when necessary has made him the attorney of choice for clients with other types of disputes, including those involving real estate, business contracts, and other issues.

A few of Garret’s recent matters include:


  • 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.



  • 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.
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