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Daniel Thomas Watts

Business Attorney at Carlsbad, CA

5.0   1 review

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About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Litigation and transactions of all types between companies and people who own companies.

    12 years, 50 cases

  2. Landlord or tenant
    Representing landlords and tenants in lawsuits alleging unlawful detainer (evictions), breach of lease, withholding of security deposits, and similar claims.

    13 years, 100 cases

  3. Real estate
    Litigation involving land and the people and companies who own it.

    12 years, 150 cases

  4. Civil rights
    Resolving disputes involving claims brought under Americans with Disabilities Act, California Constitution, Unruh Civil Rights Act, Disabled Persons Act, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and similar statutes.

    13 years, 150 cases

  5. Copyright infringement
    Claims involving copyright infringement.

    13 years, 20 cases

Daniel Watts is a shareholder and attorney in the litigation practice group at G10 Law in Carlsbad. Before joining the firm, he practiced civil litigation in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate level. He is admitted to all four federal courts in California, California’s state courts, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His past cases included civil rights and business disputes, employment and labor violations, landlord-tenant issues, tort claims, and administrative trials. He has advised startup companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, helping companies incorporate, issue stock options to employees, and negotiate with investors.

Daniel received his J.D. from UC Davis School of Law in 2011, where he was an editor on the UC Davis Law Review and a member of the governing board of the Appellate Advocacy program – also known as “moot court.” 

Before coming to law school, Daniel graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Political Science and History. In his free time, he mentors college newspaper editors on free speech and journalism issues.

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Licensed for 11 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 12/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Daniel

G10 Law
2792 Gateway Dr.
Suite 102
Carlsbad, CA, 92009


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Posted by Jeff | June 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful lawyer, good communication skills
I had to sue to dissolve a partnership, and Daniel Watts was a huge help. He responded to emails and phone calls immediately, kept me updated, and answered my questions in language I could understand. I recommend him.


  • Free Consultation 5 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Galuppo & Blake, APLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Firm
  • 2011 - 2014


  • UC Davis SOL King Hall
  • J.D.
  • 2011
  • Univ of California San Diego
  • B.A.
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • Newport Habor Ventures, LLC v. Morris Cerullo World Evangelism
  • Appealed to California Supreme Court
  • Newport Harbor Offices & Marina, LLC v. MCWE, et. al.
  • Successful demurrer disposed of most of the opposing party's claims.


  • UC San Diego Political Science Department
  • Coach for Appellate Advocacy program
  • 2017 - Present
  • Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2011 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2011 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2011 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2013
  • ACLU at King Hall
  • Chairman
  • 2010 - 2011
  • UC Davis Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2010 - 2011
  • UC Davis School of Law Moot Court Board
  • Committee Chair
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Federalist Society at UC Davis School of Law
  • President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • The Advocate (newspaper)
  • Editor
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Appellate Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2018
  • Excellence in Appellate Advocacy
  • Galuppo & Blake
  • 2017
  • Excellence in Trial Readiness
  • Galuppo & Blake
  • 2017
  • Outstanding merit in Americans with Disabilities Act litigation
  • Peer review
  • 2017
  • AV-Rated Preeminent (Peer Review)
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Excellence in Real Property Law
  • Galuppo & Blake
  • 2016
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence: Local Government Law
  • UC Davis School of Law
  • 2011
  • Finalist, Intraschool Moot Court Competition
  • UC Davis School of Law
  • 2011
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence: Law of E-Commerce
  • UC Davis School of Law
  • 2010
  • Provost's Honors
  • UC San Diego
  • 2006
  • Outstanding Warren College Student
  • UC San Diego
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar speakers series
  • Americans with Disabilities Act litigation
  • 2018
  • Lopardo Inns of Court meeting
  • Cross-examination at trial
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (4)
Endorse Daniel
Business Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan I went to law school together, and were both on Law Review. Good guy, and "sharp as a tack"."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I admire Daniel's creativity, enthusiasm and intelligence towards the law. In fact, Daniel recently argued in front of the California Supreme Court, which is certainly a big accomplishment as an attorney. I highly endorse Daniel."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Daniel is an extremely intelligent and creative attorney. He is well spoken and articulate."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this intelligent and professional attorney."
Civil rights Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to work with Daniel for over a year at my previous law firm. Daniel is a very dedicated and knowledgeable attorney especially with civil rights and free speech related matters."
Business Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Daniel is the most knowledgeable attorney I know when it comes to civil rights issues. When I need help in this area, he's the attorney that I call for advice. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Civil rights Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Friend
"Daniel is a sharp and enthusiastic litigator. He is a major proponent of free speech and a true friend of individual liberty. I enthusiastically endorse Daniel."
Civil rights Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Carlsbad Business Lawyer Daniel Thomas Watts
Daniel Thomas Watts
Business Attorney
Carlsbad, CA
Licensed for 11 years
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