Daniel P. Watkins


Daniel joined Clare Locke as an Associate in 2016. His practice is dedicated to crisis management, protecting clients facing unfair reputational attacks, and controversial matters.  As a trial lawyer, Daniel specializes in high-profile and complex litigation to vindicate the rights of individual and corporate clients.

While much of his practice involves highly-sensitive and confidential matters that fall outside of public consumption, Daniel has been featured in a number of national and international publications for his work, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, and Vanity Fair.  Daniel has also been named a “Rising Star” by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine.

Prior to joining Clare Locke LLP, Daniel was an associate at a premier law firm.  He has served as trial counsel in a plethora of matters including high-stakes criminal cases, contract disputes, consumer protection, insurance coverage, securities, white collar, fiduciary disputes, specific performance, construction disputes, and internal investigations.  Additionally, he has successfully represented a number of college students confronted with academic integrity investigations and Title IX proceedings involving allegations of sexual misconduct.

Daniel’s pro bono practice is active, and he has provided legal services on behalf of the Innocence Project, the Legal Aid and Justice Center, 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