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Garret is a partner at Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP in Oakland, California where he specializes in construction, real estate and related business disputes.

The son of an architect, Garret grew up around blueprints and drafting tables. But 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 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 author of the California Construction Law Blog (, providing an informative yet wry look at legal issues affecting the construction industry in California.


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 70%
  2. Real Estate: 20%
  3. Business: 10%


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Contact info

Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, LLP

1111 Broadway, 24th Floor
Oakland, CA, 94607


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerThompson Reuters2015
Super LawyerThompson Reuters2014
Rising StarThompson Reuters2011
Rising StarThompson Reuters2010
Rising StarThompson Reuters2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, LLP2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Institute of Architects, California CouncilN/AN/A
Associated General Contractors of CaliforniaN/AN/A
American Subcontractors Association of CaliforniaN/AN/A
Alameda County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay AreaN/AN/A
National Eagle Scout AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction IndustryN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The Oakland Businesss ReviewThree Common Construction Contracts2015
California ConstructorMixing Concrete, Like Baking a Cake, is Fraught with Problems When the Recipe is Not Followed2015
Construction SaavyEight Things You Need to Know About the AAA's New Construction Arbitration Rules2015
California ConstructorAnd Just When You Thought You Knew the Rules2014
American Institute of Architects, California CouncilCompleted and Accepted Doctrine Extended to Architects2013
Associated General Contractors of CaliforniaYou Say "Tomato," I Say "Tomahto" - Not All Deadlines are Created Equally - At Least Under the Miller Act2013
Associated General Contractors of CaliforniaWorkers, Wages and Wage Assessments: California Labor Commissioner Cracks Down on Prevailing Wage Violations2013
American Institute of Architects, California CouncilDesign Professional Liens: Gone But Not Forgotten2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
University of California - DavisPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sacramento County Bar AssociationBid Protests: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly2014
U.S. Green Building Council, Northern CaliforniaPerformance Contracting2013
National Retail Tenants AssociationDisability Access Litigation in California2012
American Institute of Architects, East BayThe New AIA Contract Documents and Standards of Care2009
American Subcontractors Association, Bay Area ChapterSubcontractor Contract Clauses2008