DANIEL P. WATKINS
Daniel’s dynamic practice is primarily dedicated to defamation litigation and reputation management. He has tried more than two dozen cases to verdict, helping secure a string of significant verdicts and rulings for clients in federal and state courts across the country.
These courtroom victories have built Daniel’s reputation as a formidable trial lawyer. Over the years, 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. From 2016 to 2020, Virginia Super Lawyer magazine has named Daniel a “Rising Star.”
When he is not in court, Daniel dedicates much of his time providing advice to clients facing unfair reputational attacks. Much of this work involves sensitive and confidential matters that fall outside of public consumption, and Daniel’s discretion and broad-based experience are vital assets to clients grappling with constantly evolving problems. Whether he is counseling corporations confronted with existential threats, advising high-net-worth individuals in crisis, or representing elected officials running contentious political races, clients on five continents have relied on Daniel’s effective advocacy and strategic guidance.
Daniel also provides pro bono services to tenants with abusive landlords and individuals falsely accused of criminal wrongdoing. And over the last decade he has 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