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James Acret, the consummate expert on construction law, passed away in November of 2017. Mr. Acret authored scores of books, practice guides, articles, and newsletters pertaining to construction law, including the Construction Litigation Handbook, Architects and Engineers, and the California Construction Law Manual. Mr. Acret graduated from the UCLA School of Law and was a founding partner in the firm of Acret and Perrochet, specializing in maritime and construction law, and practiced in California for almost five decades. As described by Annette Davis Perrochet, his collaborator on numerous projects, Mr. Acret was a gentleman—a man of integrity, even temper, ready humor, and profound intelligence; his intellectual curiosity was free-ranging and unquenchable, and his generosity to those dear to him unstinting. Mr. Acret is survived by four sons, twelve grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and his dear wife of 20 years, Laiah Lee.

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