Daniel P. Watkins


Daniel joined Clare Locke as an Associate in 2016. His dynamic practice is dedicated to complex litigation and crisis management.  When he isn’t in court, Daniel dedicates much of his time providing bespoke counseling to clients facing unfair reputational attacks.

Daniel’s broad-based experience is a vital asset to clients grappling with constantly evolving problems. He has counseled corporations confronted with existential threats, advised high-net-worth individuals in crisis, and represented elected officials running contentious political races. Over the years, Daniel has handled controversial matters on five continents.

While much of his practice involves sensitive and confidential matters that fall outside of public consumption, Daniel has tried dozens of cases to verdict and he has built a reputation as a formidable trial lawyer.  His work has been featured in a number of national and international publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, and Vanity Fair.  Daniel has been named a “Rising Star” by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine from 2016 to 2019.

Daniel provides pro bono services to tenants with abusive landlords and individuals falsely accused of criminal wrongdoing.  He has also provided legal services for marginalized persons in coordination with the Innocence Project, the Legal Aid and Justice Center, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, and Housing Opportunities Made Equal.

  • Commonwealth of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.


University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.


Associate, Williams Mullen, 2012-2016