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Daniel Wade Watkins

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Mr. Watkins is an experienced litigator and true trial attorney with over 50 Jury and Bench trials to his credit in 25 years of practice. He has successfully represented both large companies and individuals, and achieved substantial victories in well-publicized trials throughout California and Wisconsin.


Mr. Watkins has successfully tried and litigated cases in the areas of Healthcare Compliance, Commercial Litigation, Unfair Business Practices, Fraud, Breach of Contract, Battery, Premises Liability, Product Defect, Medical Malpractice, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Construction Defect, as well as Unfair Competition, Defamation, and Trade Secret. In December 2003, Mr. Watkins commenced litigation against Health South Surgery Centers-West, Inc and its’ subsidiaries, exposing the company’s extensive mismanagement and misconduct of its’ surgery centers. Mr. Watkins has also been asked by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to conduct investigations into matters involving employment discrimination and harassment.


Mr. Watkins has over a decade of experience serving as Cumis counsel and Panel counsel for some of the largest insurance companies in the country. He is experienced in business and corporate formation and administration, as well as all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including binding arbitration and mediation.




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Practice areas


  1. Business: 20%
    29 years
  2. M & A: 20%
    29 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    29 years
  4. Corporate: 20%
    29 years
  5. Litigation: 20%
    29 years



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderWatkins Firm, APC1998 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego Chamber of CommerceN/A2008 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationN/A1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Complex Business Case - Retained 30 days before trialComplex matter settled for a fraction of the original demand
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Publication nameTitleDate
Watkins Firm WebsiteLitigation War Stories2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Loyola Marymount UniversityPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2013 AMSSM 22nd Annual MeetingEvaluating Employment Contract - Negotiating Pitfalls2013