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Law Firm OverviewWatkins Firm, A Professional Corporation, is a business law firm located in San Diego and serving clients throughout California.
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
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.
Areas of Law Description
Watkins Firm, A Professional Corporation represents clients in the following areas of practice:
- 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.
- Shareholder Rights
At the Watkins Firm, we help shareholders assert their rights through litigation if necessary. We also advise companies on steps they can take to clarify shareholder rights in order to avoid potential conflicts.
- 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.
- Asset Protection
At the Watkins Firm, our attorneys provide investors with skilled asset protection counsel based on a thorough understanding of California and federal corporate and investment law.
- 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.
- Mergers and Acquisitions
At the Watkins Firm, our experienced mergers and acquisitions attorneys counsel clients throughout San Diego County on their options for the purchase, sale and merging of small, medium and large businesses.
- Business Formation
At the Watkins Firm, we strive to make the business formation process straightforward and stress-free for you regardless of the entity you choose.
- Estate Planning
Our experienced estate planning lawyers can help you do just that. We have extensive experience in all areas of California estate planning.
- Corporate Law
At the Watkins Firm, our attorneys represent businesses of all sizes with every aspect of their day-to-day operations. From formation to dissolution, we can help you resolve your issues in a cost-effective manner.
- 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.
- Construction Law
At the Watkins Firm, our attorneys are well-versed in California construction law and prepared to guide clients through effective transactions and pursue targeted litigation strategies.
- Science & Technology
At the Watkins Firm, our experienced lawyers help California clients protect their interests and pursue success through scientific and technological innovation.
Asset Protection, Business Formation, Business Law, Commercial Law, Contracts
Business Law, Contracts, Corporate Law, Employment, General Practice
Business Formation, Business Law, Commercial Law, Contracts, Corporate Governance
Ms. Skye Resendes
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Business and Industry, Business Law
Mr. Daniel Watkins
Battery, Business Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Contracts
- State Bar of California
- San Diego County Bar Association
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers
- San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
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The misclassification of employees as independent contractors is one of the highest priorities of federal agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor as well as California agencies such as the California Labor Board and the Employment Development Department (EDD). The EDD audits most California corporations every 3 years.Read Article
Your corporate office space, warehouse or manufacturing facilities play a crucial role in the success of your business. An effective commercial lease ensures your company receives the maximum benefit while protecting you from hidden costs or “accelerators.”Read Article
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.”Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.”Read Article
There are resources and options available for business owners when competitors undercut pricing by selling inferior goods or services.Read Article
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?”Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
Partnership disputes distract business owners from the central focus of their company: profitable operations.Read Article
There are four primary steps an attorney or law firm should consider when approaching the resolution of a legal dispute in California.Read Article
Construction law in California can be quite complex, and it is important to understand the best strategies for resolving disputes with contractors.Read Article
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.”Read Article
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?Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article