Daniel J. Watts

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

Morgan & Morgan
90 Broad Street, Suite 1011
New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212-738-6299
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2018, 2020 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%), Personal Injury - General: Defense (50%)
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At the law firm of Morgan & Morgan in New York City, New York, trial attorney Daniel J. Watts fights for victims' rights after injury accidents such as motor vehicle crashes, slips and falls, and other incidents involving dangerous property. His experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury cases gives him a more comprehensive perspective as he develops customized strategies for those seeking full and fair compensation.

A native of New York, Mr. Watts attended the State University of New York at Binghamton to earn his undergraduate degree. After obtaining his law degree from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and becoming licensed to practice law in New York in 2010, he opened his own firm and began handling injury accident cases. He also served as a consultant and outside trial counsel to other personal injury firms and to a local insurance company. He is relentless in his pursuit of justice for clients and is not held back by obstacles others may find daunting.

Since joining Morgan & Morgan, Mr. Watts is able to combine his own passion and drive with the resources of the largest personal injury firm in the country. He also holds memberships with professional associations and organizations such as the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Defense
Focus Areas

Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

Selections

4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2018, 2020 - 2021

About Daniel J. Watts

Admitted: 2010, New York

Professional Webpage: https://www.forthepeople.com/attorneys/daniel-watts-0/

Educational Background

  • Binghamton University SUNY

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New York

Honors/Awards

  • , Super Lawyers Rising Star 2017-2018, 2020-2021

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Loccisano v. Chan et ano November 2019 Supreme Court Kings County, Judge Pamela Fisher. Defense verdict on seven (7) day damages only trial. Hit in the rear motor vehicle accident where summary judgment was granted on the issue of liability. The principal defense is that the impact was minimal and could not have produced the injuries alleged.  Plaintiff had a previous motor vehicle accident approximately 8 months before the subject accident. According to defendant operator Cheung, following the accident plaintiff told him he needed to go to the hospital to because of his prior accident and lawsuit. At the hospital it is noted that plaintiff left the emergency to finish his shift and close his restaurant. There was minimal property damage. At the time of the accident plaintiff was driving a BMW 735.1 and the total property damage to his vehicle was less than $1,000.00 and defendant had no property damage. Plaintiff at his deposition stated the vehicle was totalled. Despite the challenges to plaintiff's case mentioned, because of the risk of an excess verdict, Countrywide Insurance tendered it's $25,000.00 policy. This was rejected by plaintiff and it was made known to the carrier and the court that if plaintiff was awarded an amount in excess of the policy limit that it would pursue a bad faith claim against the carrier and go after the defendants' personal assets. Jury returned a defense verdict in twelve (12) minutes answering “no” to three (3) serious injury categories. Wager v. Mauri Gonzelz September 2019 Supreme Court Bronx Judge Ben Barbato. Damages only summary jury trial. Minimal impact rear end collision. Plaintiff a 44-year old landscaper had a cervical fusion surgery as well as bilateral carpal tunnel surgery. Jury rendered a defense verdict as jury believed impact could not have caused injuries claimed. Vizcaino and Harris v. Chame March 2019 Supreme Court Bronx Judge Llinet Rosado. Two plaintiff (both passengers) damages only trial. Hit in the rear motor vehicle accident with minimal impact. Plaintiff Vizcaino had two arthroscopic surgeries, one to the shoulder and one to the knee and Harris had one arthroscopic surgery to the knee. Jury returned total defense verdict as to both plaintiffs.  Plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury for damages in the amount of $800,000.00 combined as damages for both plaintiffs.  Clements v. Ade-April 2019 Civil Court Queens County Judge Katsanos. Damages only trial. Plaintiff a 22 year old, had lumbar herniations with two epidural steroid injections and a tear of the scapholunate ligament in his dominant hand. I advanced a defense that the injuries were related to a prior accident. After an extensive cross examination it was revealed that plaintiff was not totally truthful about his prior accident and had two subsequent accidents. Jury returned a total defense verdict, 2019
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Office Location for Daniel J. Watts

90 Broad Street
Suite 1011
New York, NY 10004

Phone: 212-738-6299

Last Updated: 5/27/2021

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