DANIEL P. WATKINS

PARTNER


Daniel’s practice consists of high-stakes defamation litigation and crisis counseling. He has tried dozens of cases to verdict and secured a string of courtroom victories for clients in federal and state courts across the country.

These include obtaining a federal jury verdict on behalf of a venture capitalist falsely accused of fraud, architecting a defense verdict for a large national retailer subjected to a nationwide smear campaign, and delivering dismissals and not guilty verdicts in criminal cases as counsel for the falsely accused.

Over the years, Daniel’s work has been featured in most major news publications and he has built a reputation as a formidable trial lawyer.

When he isn’t in court, Daniel dedicates much of his time counseling clients facing unfair reputational attacks. Much of this work involves sensitive and confidential matters, and Daniel’s pre-publication efforts have targeted flawed reporting that never made it to print. He has also successfully removed false information from websites and secured a number of retractions, corrections, and public apologies from various newspapers and media companies.

Daniel’s track record and immersive approach to problem-solving have made him a go-to advisor to high-net-worth individuals in crisis, general counsels facing existential threats, elected officials running contentious political races, and ordinary people in need of 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 advocated on behalf of marginalized persons in coordination with the Innocence Project, the Legal Aid and Justice Center, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, Virginia Poverty Law Center, and Housing Opportunities Made Equal.

ADMISSIONS

  • 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

EDUCATION


University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.

EXPERIENCE


Associate, Williams Mullen, 2012-2016

ACCOLADES