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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 (www.calconstructionlawblog.com), providing an informative yet wry look at legal issues affecting the construction industry in California.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Thompson Reuters||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Thompson Reuters||2014|
|Rising Star||Thompson Reuters||2011|
|Rising Star||Thompson Reuters||2010|
|Rising Star||Thompson Reuters||2009|
|Partner||Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, LLP||2007 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Institute of Architects, California Council||N/A||N/A|
|Associated General Contractors of California||N/A||N/A|
|American Subcontractors Association of California||N/A||N/A|
|Alameda County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area||N/A||N/A|
|National Eagle Scout Association||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry||N/A||N/A|
|The Oakland Businesss Review||Three Common Construction Contracts||2015|
|California Constructor||Mixing Concrete, Like Baking a Cake, is Fraught with Problems When the Recipe is Not Followed||2015|
|Construction Saavy||Eight Things You Need to Know About the AAA's New Construction Arbitration Rules||2015|
|California Constructor||And Just When You Thought You Knew the Rules||2014|
|American Institute of Architects, California Council||Completed and Accepted Doctrine Extended to Architects||2013|
|Associated General Contractors of California||You Say "Tomato," I Say "Tomahto" - Not All Deadlines are Created Equally - At Least Under the Miller Act||2013|
|Associated General Contractors of California||Workers, Wages and Wage Assessments: California Labor Commissioner Cracks Down on Prevailing Wage Violations||2013|
|American Institute of Architects, California Council||Design Professional Liens: Gone But Not Forgotten||2012|
|Santa Clara University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|University of California - Davis||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Sacramento County Bar Association||Bid Protests: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly||2014|
|U.S. Green Building Council, Northern California||Performance Contracting||2013|
|National Retail Tenants Association||Disability Access Litigation in California||2012|
|American Institute of Architects, East Bay||The New AIA Contract Documents and Standards of Care||2009|
|American Subcontractors Association, Bay Area Chapter||Subcontractor Contract Clauses||2008|