|Address||540 Weybridge Dr. |
San Jose, California 95123, United States
|| August 26, 1982
|Contributor||U Ole Polecat|
Jul 18, 2021 07:57pm
|Info||Current Bio |
Free speech attorney
For nearly a decade, 38-year-old free speech attorney Daniel Watts has practiced civil litigation in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate level, resulting in multiple published court decisions. From civil rights to business disputes, Watts has represented clients throughout the state of California. Free speech law, including anti-SLAPP motions to strike, have been a particular focus of his practice. Protecting the First Amendment against all threats is the primary reason he went to law school and became an attorney.
Watts has argued appeals before California’s Fourth and Sixth District Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. He’s been the lawyer primarily responsible for dozens of anti-SLAPP motions and several anti-SLAPP appeals, including one in front of the California Supreme Court, Newport Harbor Ventures, LLC v. Morris Cerullo World Evangelism (S239777). The California Supreme Court hears only one or two anti-SLAPP cases per year, and only if the advocates are especially adept at convincing the Court of the importance of the case.
On the backs of these appellate victories, San Diego Magazine, in conjunction with Martindale-Hubbell, named Watts one of San Diego’s Top Appellate Lawyers/top lawyers in Appellate Practice of 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Watts its “Preeminent” certification, which is the service’s highest level of professional excellence. Watts received this rating in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, and he holds the certification currently. His peer-reviewed rating is 4.9 out of 5.0 (5.0 in Legal Knowledge, 5.0 in Analytical Capability, 4.9 in Judgment, 5.0 in Communication, and 4.7 in Legal Experience).
Bio from 2003 Recall
running to force the politicians to take a stance on student fee increases
OPPOSES the fee increases imposed upon the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges by the legislature and Regents, as a direct result of Gray Davis's budget.
Elected president of Warren College, UCSD - April 2003
(all-campus) Judicial board member, Warren College, UCSD - Oct. 2001 - May 2003
Commissioner of Media Relations, Warren College, UCSD - Oct. 2002 - May 2003
Student Council President, Blossom Valley Elementary School - Jan. -June 1995
Student Council Secretary, Blossom Valley Elementary School - Sept. - Dec. 1992
Student Council Treasurer, Blossom Valley Elementary School - Jan. - June 1993