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Daniel Wade Watkins

Litigation Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.7   15 reviews
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  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
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About Daniel

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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.




Silver Client Champion
Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2014,2012,2011
Client's Choice
2014 2012 2011

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Watkins Firm, APC
9915 Mira Mesa Blvd Suite 130
San Diego, CA, 92131


4.7 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by Robert | September 19, 2011
We hired Watkins for a construction defect case and glad we did.
My wife and I built a house last year and recently started experiencing some issues with the construction of the main level. I did some research and called a few law firms and ultimately hired the Watkins Firm to pursue a construction defect case against the builder. Hands down, I chose the right law firm. They were able to resolve the issues quickly and efficiently. If you are in need of a good construction defect lawyer or just want someone to give you sound advice on dealing with builders and contractors, call Dan Watkins at the Watkins Firm.
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Posted by Ben T. | September 29, 2011
Very pleased with service...
I hired the Watkins Firm to review a lease and then draft up some purchase agreements for my business. I have been very impressed with the level of service they have provided.
Posted by Stan | February 16, 2015
Simple contract, straightforward answer
I wanted a simple contract reviewed and hired the Watkins Firm in San Diego They were fast, concise and right on point. I will come back to the firm with all future legal needs.
Posted by Subhash B. | November 10, 2014
Good experience
Best business lawyer I have worked with in San Diego. Needed them to review a lease and draft some agreements. They gave me a realistic estimate up front. I called around to other lawyers but no one compared. Most lawyers have a bad reputation so my expectations were low but I am pleasantly surprised with the service and outcome. I will be coming back for future modifications.
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Posted by Barbara | November 4, 2014
Wish they would open an office in Orange County
I have utilized the firm's services for the last two years. Only thing I would change about their office is I wish they had a location in Orange County. Luckily we can perform most of our business via email and phone. They are worth the drive and would gladly recommend their service.
Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2014
Very impressed and pleased with level of service.
I hired Dan to review a lease and negotiate some terms of lease. Very impressed with his responsiveness and approach. I would recommend him to all my friends and colleagues.
Posted by John | October 30, 2014
Great set of lawyers and firm to work with!
I have had the pleasure of working alongside Mr. Watkins and his staff on numerous transactions, including several complex real estate matters. Mr. Watkins has consistently demonstrated his competence and professionalism. I appreciated the monthly update letters and would not hesitate recommending the firm to my friends and family.
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Posted by Allen | October 28, 2014
Best in the business
Danny Watkins has been our attorney since 1990. We are water proofing contractors and from time to time we have been dragged into litigation. Although I generally hate lawyers, the attorneys at the Watkins Firm are different. Danny Watkins and the Watkins Firm have always come through for us. I could not imagine a better lawyer or law firm to work with.
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Posted by Lowes | May 2, 2012
Always a pleasure!
The attorneys at the Watkins Firm know the law and provide prompt, reliable, and professional service. During our estate planning process, they were patient with our questions and concerns - even repeat questions - and I recommend them highly.
Posted by Randy Dandy | September 22, 2011
Needed a real estate lawyer and Watkins came through for us
I needed a real estate attorney in san diego to resolve a property line dispute. Dan Watkins and his staff came through with flying colors.
Posted by Mark | September 16, 2011
Impressed with service
I needed an experienced real estate attorney in San Diego and was recommended to the Watkins Firm from several sources. They now handle all my business and real estate matters.
Posted by Carl | September 14, 2011
Very impressed
I retained the Watkins Firm last week after interviewing a few other law firms. What impressed me the most was their experience, professionalism and follow through. They are well staffed and you can tell they know what they are doing. They are truly a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working together in years to come.
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Posted by John | August 18, 2011
Fantastic experience working with Dan Watkins and the Watkins Firm
We had an exceptional experience working with Dan Watkins and the Watkins Firm. I would highly recommend him to my friends, family and colleagues. If he can’t help you, he will put you in touch with someone that can. Thank you for all the hard work.
Posted by Lori | October 27, 2014
Aggressive and Knowledgeable
Aggressive lawyers who don't charge an arm and a leg! Caring people who put the clients needs first. Dan was willing to work around my schedule and is a good listener and very knowledgeable about real-estate and business related issues. I felt in good hands at all times.
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disappointed client looking for some positive resolution to my long-standing case
I enlisted Dan Watkins to help with the pursuit of damages as a result of an unlicensed contractor performing shoddy work on my home in Carlsbad in 2014. Although this contractor portrayed himself as fully licensed... I later found out that he lied .... repeatedly. I was not living full time in CA during this time & I trusted that this contractor was performing work, but nothing was being done at my property or work was performed unsatisfactorily. I subsequently had to hire another contractor to repair & fix the work left undone by this unlicensed individual. I had trusted that Dan Watkins, the attorney, would help to resolve this case in my favor as he conveyed he would, but I have paid several thousand dollars to Mr. Watkin's firm & I am still waiting for resolution. If and when I do get some positive feedback from the Watkins firm and some sort of positive outcome to my case, I will gladly update this review ....... :-( Mrs. B
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Response from Daniel Watkins January 27, 2016
Dear Ms. Bitner, It was nice speaking to you regarding your concerns. I am happy that you are happy. We will keep you informed when we hear something or even if we do not. Again, great talking to you. Dan Watkins
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Watkins Firm, APC
  • 1998 - Present


  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Complex Business Case - Retained 30 days before trial
  • Complex matter settled for a fraction of the original demand


  • San Diego Chamber of Commerce
  • 2008 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 1987 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014


Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (19)
Endorse Daniel
Unknown Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan Watkins and The Watkins Firm attorneys are smart, experienced, aggressive, litigators. They are willing to take risks on behalf of their clients, and they obtain outstanding results."
Business Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dan is a conscientious and thorough lawyer, whom I can recommend."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Dan is an excellent litigator with a broad mastery of employment, business, and real property law."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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San Diego Litigation Lawyer Daniel Wade Watkins
Daniel Wade Watkins
Litigation Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 37 years
Free Consultation