Watkins Firm, A Professional Corporation

San Diego, California Business Attorneys

Watkins Firm, A Professional Corporation

9915 Mira Mesa Boulevard
Suite 130

San Diego, California 92131

Phone(858) 535-1511
Fax (858) 535-1581

Website https://www.watkinsfirm.com/
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Law Firm Overview

Watkins Firm, A Professional Corporation, is a business law firm located in San Diego and serving clients throughout California.
Practice areas encompass corporate law, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, transactions, contracts and agreements, asset protection and investment, intellectual property, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, shareholder derivative lawsuits, construction law, healthcare and medical business law, water law, and commercial real estate transactions and litigation for buyers, sellers, realtors, mortgage brokers, investors, developers, contractors, and homeowner associations. In addition to litigation, the firm offers alternative dispute resolution options including arbitration and mediation.

The firm is led by trial attorney Daniel Watkins, who has been practicing business law for 25 years and has more than 50 jury and bench trials to his credit. Transactional services are overseen by Chris Popov, who has more than 35 years of experience.

The legal team combines its knowledge and practical experience in the courts in providing services and advice to their clients. With personalized attention, they develop strategies designed to efficiently and meet clients’ needs and objectives.

Year this Office was Established: 1999

Languages: English

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Employer Defense; Limited Liability Companies (LLC); Limited Liability Partnerships; Shareholder Disputes; Breach of Fiduciary Duty Issues; Business Purchase Disputes; Sales of Stocks and Assets; Ownership Changes; Medical Business Law; Water Law; Construction Defects; Failure to Disclose; Derivative Lawsuits; Business Dissolution; Due Diligence; Commercial Leasing and Evictions; Loan Modification; Contractor Disputes; Mechanic's Liens; Construction Defects; Contracts Between Individuals; Class Action Defense;

Areas of Law Description

- Employer Defense

At the Watkins Firm, we have the knowledge and ability to help employers adopt effective employment policies and resolve any concerns that arise among employees.

- Business Dissolution

The attorneys at the Watkins Firm help small, medium and large businesses wind up their business interests and affairs. We have extensive experience with business dissolution issues and can help you reform your business as a new entity.

- Failure to Disclose

The Watkins Firm, with over 23 years of experience representing clients in all areas of residential real estate law, would be happy to talk to you about your situation.

- Breach of Fiduciary Duty

At the Watkins firm, we represent shareholders and beneficiaries in breach of fiduciary duty actions. We also help board members, executives and trustees who are accused of breaching their duty.

- Business Purchase

At the Watkins Firm, we provide comprehensive business acquisition services. Our attorneys will guide you through the process, perform due diligence and help you understand your purchase options.

- Medical Business

At the Watkins Firm, we have the knowledge and experience to guide clients through the formation and administration of medical business entities, as well as the litigation of disputes.


Nancy Correa
Asset Protection, Business Formation, Business Law, Commercial Law, Contracts

Nathan Low
Business Law, Contracts, Corporate Law, Employment, General Practice

Melissa Lum
Business Formation, Business Law, Commercial Law, Contracts, Corporate Governance

Skye Resendes Ms. Skye Resendes
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Business and Industry, Business Law

Daniel Watkins Mr. Daniel Watkins
Battery, Business Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Contracts


  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • North County Bar Association
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association

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 Finding an Attorney to Help Negotiate Your Commercial Lease in San Diego

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 Protecting the Rights of Minority Shareholders and Dissenting Shareholders in San Diego

What should you know about protecting the rights of minority shareholders and dissenting shareholders in San Diego California? California has granted specific rights to minority shareholders of corporations who are based in California, even if the company was formed under the corporate laws of another state such as a “Delaware Corporation.”

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 Federal and State Agency Hearing Defense for San Diego Employers

Employers in San Diego and across California face an ever-increasing landscape of employee based claims and litigation. Federal cases with the U.S. Department of Labor or U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission are often based upon violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA or violations such as discrimination or wage discrimination in lower income jobs.

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 San Diego Class Action Defense Strategies for Products Labelled “Organic” and “Made in the USA”

Many companies that grow agricultural products or manufacture goods and provide services in San Diego and Southern California label their products as “organic” or “Made in the USA.” Each of these labels carries specific legal requirements. Violation of California or federal labeling law can result in an expensive "Organic" or "Made in the USA" class action lawsuit.

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 Class Action Defense in San Diego: Diffusing a Complex Legal Challenge

Class action defense is unfortunately a more common reality for California and San Diego agricultural, technology and manufacturing producers. Plaintiff’s attorneys attempt to find issue with a product, service or goods that affects a large group of people. The goal is to organize these individual cases into a large group known as a “Class.”

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 False or Deceptive Competitor Advertising Hurting Your Bottom Line?

There are resources and options available for business owners when competitors undercut pricing by selling inferior goods or services.

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 When Do I Need a Califronia Insurance Coverage Attorney?

Individuals and business interests in San Diego are often denied coverage under valid insurance policies. The first question to be answered is: “Does the coverage in my policy cover the specific circumstances of my claim?” The second question to be answered is: “Is the insurance company acting in good faith with respect to my policy claim?”

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 What Constitutes Insurance Bad Faith in California?

What constitutes insurance “bad faith” in California? What can a policy holder do to hold an insurance company responsible and accountable for the protections of a valid policy? California insurance law is quite complex, and a policy holder should never attempt to interpret or take action against an insurance company without strong legal advice and representation.

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 Defending Claims of Employer Retaliation in San Diego

California has witnessed a significant rise in the number of employer retaliation cases in the past few years. The exposure to San Diego employers is significant and it is important to tighten employment contracts, policy and procedure and employee manuals, as well as internal processes for responding to and documenting employee complaints.

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 Business Disputes in San Diego

Bringing a Business Lawsuit Before a San Diego Court Can Take a Year or More. How are business disputes managed in San Diego? What are the legal and practical realities that guide these cases? What should you look for in a business dispute resolution attorney? The first fact to consider is this: the vast majority of business disputes are settled prior to going to trial.

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 Accounting Fraud in California

Cooking the books and other illegal strategies to gain economic advantage. Accounting fraud is the practice of purposefully or intentionally misrepresenting the financial accounting records of an LLC, corporation or business in California in order to mislead others. Accounting fraud is usually committed in an attempt to make a business or investment look more profitable than what it actually is in order to attract investors.

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 Unfair Competition in California

California Law protects trade secrets, while restricting deceptive advertising and price manipulation. California is home to some of the strictest unfair competition laws in the United States. Governed by Section 17200 of the Business and Professions Law, and in conjunction with other state and federal laws, California works to eliminate unfair competition, and establish a fair and even playing field for business competition.

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 Resolving Business Partnership Disputes

Litigation Between Co-Owners or Members in an LLC or Partnership Resolving business partnership disputes quickly and efficiently can quite literally make or break a business. When co-owners, partners or members in an LLC are involved in a dispute or litigation the entire company can be at risk. Energy that should be devoted to critical business analysis and decision making is distracted by disagreement that can quickly devolve into an open feud.

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 What Is New about California’s Fair Pay Act?

The new law took effect January 1, 2016 and affects any employer with offices in the State of California. Generally speaking, the California Fair Pay Act makes an employer more accountable for equal pay for employees of differing gender who are performing essentially the same work, regardless of location, title or job description.

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 Independent Contractor or Employee – A Question for San Diego Employers

A recent Supreme Court decision has changed the way the IRS and California tax agencies and the Division of Labor Standards, or Labor Commissioner view the classification of independent contractors. California believes miisclassification of employees as independent contractors has cost California more than $7 billion in payroll tax revenue.

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 Forming a Medical Corporation in California

California has specific laws that govern the formation of a medical practice or health care facility in California. The creation of the business entity requires a unique blend of corporate law experience and health care law expertise.

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 Disputes Between a California General Contractor and a Subcontractor

The nature of the relationship between a California general contractor and a subcontractor is legally quite complex. The general contractor awards a sub-contract based upon a bid, or extensive experience with a particular subcontractor. It is not unusual for work to begin on a jobsite under a subcontract prior to any physical agreement being drafted or signed.

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 What Happens When a Partner or Co-Owner is Stealing From the Company?

What should you do if you suspect that one of your partners or a co-owner is stealing money from the company? What proof are you required to obtain, and what course of action must you take to protect your interests? The first and most important thing to do is clear your mind and do your best to remove emotion from the equation for now. A mind filled with anger is distracted and cannot think clearly.

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 How to Effectively Resolve Partnership Disputes

Partnership disputes distract business owners from the central focus of their company: profitable operations.

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 4 Steps to Resolving a Legal Dispute in California

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 Resolving Disputes with Contractors in California

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 Failure to Disclose in California Real Estate Transactions

California places heavy legal responsibilities on the seller in a real estate transaction to provide “meaningful disclosures” about the property they are attempting to sell. The failure to disclose known defects or issues that affect the “value or desirability” of the property can result in substantial liability to seller and their agent(s), and often result in litigation. It is not appropriate for a seller to simply list a property “as-is.”

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 Why Should an Entrepreneur Work With An Attorney to Start Their New Company?

Most entrepreneurs and new business owners are working on tight budget and simply want to spend the least amount of time and money selecting a business entity and getting to work. After all, isn’t it as simple as downloading a few forms, filling in the blanks and submitting the corporate documents to the Secretary of State? Why would the owners of a new company want to spend the money to consult with an attorney?

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 Resolving Breach of Contract Without Expensive and Time Consuming Litigation

There are definitely reasons to consider filing a breach of contract lawsuit even though you intend to find another path to resolve the situation. Filing the lawsuit puts the breaching party on notice that you are serious about holding them accountable, and may strengthen their resolve to cooperate to find a positive solution to the breach.

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 The California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act and What It May Mean for You

The California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (“Revised LLC Act”) to be enacted on January 1, 2014 may dramatically affect companies with no operating agreements, or operating agreements that do not address the new default provisions under the Revised LLC Act.

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