Bay Area Construction, Real Estate & Employment Lawyers


Phillip A. Jaret

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Practice Areas

  • Construction
  • Business
  • Employment Litigation



Phillip has a wide background in civil disputes of all types, with particular experience in construction, business and employment litigation. Phillip has had numerous jury and bench trials in state and federal court, arbitrations and mediations. He is also outside general counsel to a number of businesses and public entities.

Phillip represents virtually all sectors of the construction industry: public and private works, large and small general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals and property owners. Typical matters include contract review and drafting, commercial payment disputes, construction defects and delay/impact claims, payment disputes, mechanic's liens, stop payment notices, and conflict avoidance through contract negotiations and early dispute resolution.

Phillip also represents clients with real estate issues, which include construction defects, delay and damage claims, and boundary, landslide, and easement disputes between adjoining property owners.

His employment practice involves the representation of both employers and employees, regarding terms and conditions of employment, wrongful termination, sexual harassment and other prohibited types of conduct. Phillip regularly counsels employers in ways to avoid employment disputes. He also represents employees who have been seriously aggrieved. In addition to considerable jury trial experience in this area he reviews and revises employment contracts.

Phillip's business litigation experience is generally centered around payment and performance disputes and regularly encourages his clients and assists them in appropriate contract negotiations and documentation.

Phillip is respected for getting to the bottom line of a dispute without engaging in unnecessary, expensive and time-consuming litigation activities. Because many of his clients are public entities and small and medium-sized businesses, this approach is appreciated and well received.

Education and Professional Activities

Phillip obtained his BA from Beloit College and his JD from Northern Illinois University, College of Law. He is admitted to practice in both California and Illinois. He is a member of the Marin County Bar Association. Prior to relocating the main office to San Rafael in 2000, he practiced law in downtown San Francisco for approximately 20 years.


  • Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Government

Bar Admission

  • California
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Federal Courts

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Mu Delta

Professional Associations

  • Marin County Bar Association, Member