Watkins Firm, APC

Watkins Firm, APC

The Watkins Firm is a full service business law firm located in the heart of San Diego. We offer a wide array of services ranging from forming corporations to drafting agreements to litigating law suits.

Firm Overview

Legal issues do not need to detract from your business or personal goals. At the Watkins Firm in San Diego, our experienced San Diego business lawyers provide personalized attention, dependable advice and skilled representation based on our clients' needs and objectives.

Main Office

Main Office
9915 Mira Mesa Blvd
Suite 130
San Diego, CA 92131


(858) 535-1511


(858) 535-1581


The Watkins Firm is a boutique law firm that focuses on providing personalized, cost-effective and experienced business contract, transaction and litigation services to clients in San Diego County and throughout California.

Whether you are considering forming a business, require contracts to manage relationships with employees, suppliers or distribution channels, are facing a breach of contract dispute, or in the midst of dissolving your business our San Diego business law attorneys have the experience and knowledge to help. Contact us online or call 858-535-1511.

Commercial Real Estate

The Watkins Firm has represented all types of parties to real estate transactions and disputes in San Diego and Southern California for decades, including buyers, sellers, realtors, mortgage brokers, investors, developers, and contractors.

Commercial real estate is defined as any type of land or structure in California which is used for business purposes, primarily the sale of goods and/or services to the public. The laws governing real estate in San Diego apply differently when dealing with commercial as opposed to residential or industrial real estate. The experienced real estate lawyers at the Watkins Firm are highly qualified in all areas of commercial real estate law.

Commercial Leasing - Most small business owners in San Diego do not have the money to buy real estate with cash on hand and instead are required to lease a business location. Commercial property leasing can be challenging. A commercial property lease may contain stipulations that are confusing and favorable primarily to the landlord. Before you sign a commercial lease, it is important to spend time reading and understanding every provision. If you do not understand a term in the lease, ask for clarification from a lawyer. Relying on the landlord or listing agent to explain their lease could potentially lead to future misinterpretations.

Commercial Evictions - Commercial property owners in San Diego could find themselves in confrontation situations with their tenants. The commercial property owner is left with no option but to initiate legal eviction proceedings. The eviction procedures in California are considered summary proceedings designed to resolve issues of possession quickly and efficiently. The experienced real estate lawyers at the Watkins Firm understand that clients do not benefit from long, drawn out legal action or ineffective use of their lawyer's time. The Watkins Firm strives to bring cases to resolution in a timely manner so that our clients receive maximum return on their investment.

When you hire a real estate lawyer in San Diego, it is important to know that there are options. The Watkins Firm has over 23 years of experience representing clients in all areas of commercial real estate law and would be happy to talk to you about your situation and any concerns. Please call the office for an obligation-free consultation at 858-535-1511 or you may email us at: info@watkinsfirm.com


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How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Every day, businesses throughout California encounter challenges in many different areas of law, from contract law to real estate law to employment law and beyond. When you have a legal issue, you need a law firm on which you can rely for consistent quality of service.

At the Watkins Firm, we provide our clients with the services of lawyers who know the law and understand the practical consequences of legal strategies. That is why we have retained many of our clients for decades and continue to attract new clients on a regular basis.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

Our attorneys bring together extensive and varied experience under one roof. Our firm is led by trial attorney Daniel Watkins, who has been practicing business law in California since 1987. Transactional services are overseen by Chris Popov, who has been practicing since 1979.

We have represented major corporations and entities such as Pacific Bell, Coldwell Banker, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, but our primary focus is small and medium-sized businesses and their owners.

We know how to work within a budget, and we understand how our clients' bottom lines impact their preferred strategies. Our dedication to communication, cost containment, timely case conclusion and effective case handling inform our approach to litigation and transactions.

When you work with our firm, you can expect to receive honest advice on what to expect and monthly status letters informing you of the progress we are making on your case.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Our firm offers prospective clients a free consultation with no obligations. If you decide to retain us to assist you with your legal issue, we offer a variety of payment arrangements, including payment by credit card, cash or check. Payment plans are available in some cases.

Our offices are located between Interstates 5 and 805, just north of California State Route 52, making us extremely convenient to clients throughout San Diego County. An abundance of free parking is available. We are available on evenings and weekends by appointment.

Whether you need help negotiating a contract, protecting your trade secrets, defending against a lawsuit or handling any other legal issue, contact us for skilled advice and representation.

Daniel Watkins

Watkins Firm, APC

Mr. Watkins is an experienced litigator and true trial attorney with over 50 Jury and Bench trials to his credit in 25 years of practice. He has successfully represented both large companies and individuals, and achieved substantial victories in well-publicized trials throughout California and Wisconsin.

Mr. Watkins has successfully tried and litigated cases in the areas of Healthcare Compliance, Commercial Litigation, Unfair Business Practices, Fraud, Breach of Contract, Battery, Premises Liability, Product Defect, Medical Malpractice, Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Construction Defect, as well as Unfair Competition, Defamation, and Trade Secret. In December 2003, Mr. Watkins commenced litigation against Health South Surgery Centers-West, Inc and its' subsidiaries, exposing the company's extensive mismanagement and misconduct of its' surgery centers. Mr. Watkins has also been asked by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to conduct investigations into matters involving employment discrimination and harassment.

Mr. Watkins has over a decade of experience serving as Cumis counsel and Panel counsel for some of the largest insurance companies in the country. He is experienced in business and corporate formation and administration, as well as all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including binding arbitration and mediation.

In 1993, Mr. Watkins appeared on the National Television Show, 'Good Morning America,' where he was interviewed concerning his successful litigation of a highly controversial product liability case. He has also been interviewed by local television news shows and local newspapers regarding the many noteworthy cases he has worked on over the years.

Daniel Watkins is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree. Mr. Watkins went on to graduate from the University of San Diego School of Law in where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree.

University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California Juris Doctorate
Loyola Marymount University Bachelor of Science


Bar Number: 128849
California, 1987


University of San Diego, School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1987

Nathan Low

Watkins Firm, APC

Nathan Low has 16 years experience in the areas of business, real property, and employment law. In the area of business law, Mr. Low assists clients with contract, business tort, and construction defect issues in both litigation and transactional capacities. Mr. Low also helps with a wide variety of real property matters, including easements, title, mechanic's liens, water run-off, trees, nuisance, lease, and landlord-tenant issues as to both residential and commercial properties. With respect to employment law, Mr. Low represents and advises employers and employees in contract, employee handbook, severance, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour matters.

Mr. Low is very active in the San Diego County legal community, and enjoys volunteering in worthwhile matters of public concern. He is a member of the North County Bar Association and The Honorable Fiorenzo V. Lopardo American Inn of Court in Vista, California. He has served as chairman of both the real property and employment law sections of the North County Bar Association. He is currently on Board of Trustees of the San Diego County Public Law Library; and he provides volunteer mediation services for the Small Claims Department of the San Diego County Superior Court, North County Division. He also serves as court-appointed counsel as needed in pending cases under the Service members' Civil Relief Act.

Mr. Low obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law, where we obtained two American Jurisprudence awards in the areas of criminal and real property law, and served as a university-appointed tutor for first-year law real property law students.


Bar Number: 185714
California, 1996


University of San Diego, School of Law
Juris Doctorate,

Chris Popov

Watkins Firm, APC

Chris Popov is a native San Diegan and has practiced law in La Jolla for more than 36 years. He has diverse experience in all aspects of business law, including forming and structuring businesses, capitalization structure and financing, mergers and acquisitions, negotiating equity and debt financing and architecture of complex joint ventures and business opportunities.

Mr. Popov's focus for the past several years has been on mergers and acquisitions, technology ventures and representing medical practices in partnership formation, in office ancillary medical services ventures, surgery centers, medical partner admissions and practice sales. Prior to joining the Watkins Firm as Of Counsel, Mr. Popov was the founding partner at Popov & McCullogh LLP. Mr. Popov's experience at Popov & McCullogh was in the area of business financing and mergers and acquisitions, including State Securities laws, state Blue-Sky requirements and business litigation and defense of Securities and Exchange Commission investigations and Internal Revenue Service matters. In addition, Mr. Popov practices aviation law and is on the legal panel for AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) and is a licensed commercial pilot.

Mr. Popov is very active in the business and legal community. He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of California, the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and all Federal District Courts in California as well as several legal and business associations.


Bar Number: 86640
California, 1979

Melissa Lum

Watkins Firm, APC

Melissa H. Lum is an Associate Attorney with the Watkins Firm's litigation and transactional departments. Ms. Lum's practice focuses on business litigation, employment law, contract disputes and wills and trusts. Prior to joining the Watkins Firm, APC, Ms. Lum gained experience in a wide variety of matters including employment law, contract disputes, lemon law, family law, real estate disputes, Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and estate planning. Ms. Lum has also provided general counsel to various San Diego businesses, and has written several appeals, prevailing on all of them.

Ms. Lum is a native San Diegan who was raised in the Clairemont and Carmel Valley communities. She is an athlete at heart, and especially enjoys lacrosse, a sport in which she has extensive experience playing and coaching. Ms. Lum also spends much of her free time, cooking, roaming boutique shops and farmers markets, dining out with friends, and traveling. Ms. Lum's travels have included: China, England, Scotland, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, and Jamaica.


Bar Number: 263675
California, 2009

Nancy Correa

Watkins Firm, APC

Nancy Correa is a transaction attorney and civil litigator with over 13 years of experience. Since becoming a lawyer, Ms. Correa has worked for law firms doing both litigation and transactional work, and has worked in-house as general counsel for a native government and for several companies in the United States. Ms. Correa's experience is diverse: While in Canada her practice of law included criminal, family and civil litigation as well as corporate law, employment law, wills and estates and all aspects of Native law (governance, commercial leases, rights litigation, etc) . After moving to San Diego in 2001, Ms. Correa's practice has included construction defect litigation, business litigation, trade secret litigation, employment law, business law, construction law, patent and trademark law, real estate law, etc. Ms. Correa continues to do general counsel work for several companies, e.g. negotiating various types of contracts, filing and maintaining trademarks, responding to subpoenas, addressing employment matters, etc.

Ms. Correa graduated from the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law in 1997 and graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria in 1994 with a B.A., majoring in political science. She also has a Journalism diploma from Mount Royal College in Calgary, AB and worked as a journalist for several newspapers in Western Canada for six years before returning to University to become a lawyer. Ms. Correa was admitted to practice law in British Columbia in 1998 and admitted to practice in California in 2003.


Bar Number: 225212
California, 2003

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