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Garret D. Murai

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.

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 and developers, architects and engineers, design-builders, construction managers, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers and equipment lessors, and sureties and insurers.

He has worked on significant public and private 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 experience spans nearly every legal issue that could arise on a project from project formation through project closeout including contractor licensing, contract drafting and negotiations, bid protests and subcontractor substitutions, mechanics liens, stop payment notices and other design and construction payment remedies, and defect, delay and acceleration claims.

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

A Counselor and Advocate

While Garret's practice focuses on design and construction, his broad experience, diligence, 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. 


Garret D. Murai



Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D.

University of California, Davis, B.A.



Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts of California

Awards & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America, 2024

Super Lawyers, 2014 - Present

Rising Stars, 2009 - 2011

Top Author, JD Supra, 2016 - 2019

Charter Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America, 2017 - Present

James Acret Award for Outstanding Achievement in Construction Law Legal Writing, 2022

Guest Lecturer, University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering, 2023

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