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Daniel E. Eaton

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Daniel E. Eaton is a shareholder of the firm in the Litigation Department and practices employment law.


Mr. Eaton received his B.S. from Georgetown University in 1984 and received his law degree, cum laude, from the Harvard Law School in 1989.

Employment Background

Prior to joining Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, Mr. Eaton was with Proskauer Rose in Los Angeles from 1995 to 1998 and with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich from 1989 to 1995. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Western State College of Law in 1993. He also has taught employment law at the University of California, San Diego, and both human resources law and business ethics at San Diego State University. From 1983 to 1986, Mr. Eaton served as an aide to Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.

Representative Matters

  • Won appeal before the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board on behalf of an integrator of computer systems, ultimately obtaining damages against the claimant in separate action brought against company for wrongful termination
  • Represented national weight loss company on workers’ compensation actions
  • Successfully represented a Hollywood film processing company division in labor union arbitrations
  • Obtained dismissal of two separate wrongful termination actions against major regional hospital, winning award of attorneys’ fees in one such action
  • Favorably settled wrongful termination cases for national automobile tune-up shop
  • Favorably settled a double sexual harassment case against an apartment manager and developer
  • Favorably settled a wrongful termination/fraud case against an entertainment company
  • Favorably settled a wrongful termination case brought by a former head of a temporary services agency
  • Assisted in trial of a wrongful constructive termination action brought by a former officer of a large insurance carrier
  • Presented four sessions of interactive program on business ethics to more than 200 employees of local company

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association (Past President)
  • Equal Justice Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California (Past Member)
  • Recognized in San Diego Super Lawyers magazine for employment defense (2007-2009)
  • On-Air Legal Analyst for KNSD-TV News (1993-1995), Channel 6 TV News (2003-2011) and KPBS radio “These Days” (2006-2011)
  • Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (2001-2003)
  • San Diego County Bar Legal Ethics Committee: Member (2002-2013); Chair (2004-2005)

Community Affiliations

  • Chair, Ethics Advisory Board for the City of San Diego (1993-1994)
  • City of San Diego Civil Service Commissioner, where he heard and decided numerous disputes involving discipline of members of the City’s 11,000 member workforce (1995-2005; President, 1999 and 2003)
  • Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service Board of Visitors (2000-2007)
  • University of California, San Diego Board of Overseers (2001-2010, and Chair, 2009)
  • Named by San Diego Magazine as one of the “50 People to Watch” in 2009

Professional Awards & Honors

  • Listed in “50 People to Watch in 2009,” San Diego Magazine (January 2009)



Practice Areas

Employment Law


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An Ounce of Prevention: Preventing Liability Under the FMLA
Avoiding Frivolous Lawsuits
California Supreme Court Says No to Noncompetes. Now What?
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Volume 10, No. 4
Volume 10, No. 3
Volume 10, No. 2
Volume 10, No. 1
Volume 9, No. 4
Volume 9, No. 3
Volume 9, No. 2
Volume 9, No. 1
Top 10 Legal Ethics Rulings of 2013
Top 10 Legal Ethics Rulings of 2012

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California Death Penalty Ruled Unconstitutional

California Death Penalty Ruled Unconstitutional
KPBS TV and radio, July 17, 2014

CNBC Interview:  Can Sterling Be Forced To Sell Clippers?

CNBC Interview:  Can Sterling Be Forced To Sell Clippers?
Originally Aired May 20, 2014

Court Tosses San Diego County’s Concealed Weapons Rules

Court Tosses San Diego County’s Concealed Weapons Rules
Originally published February 13, 2014, updated February 17, 2014
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Electronic Monitoring in the Workplace:  Employer and Employee Rights and Wrongs

Privacy Rights vs. Employee Tracking:  KPBS video air date, Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane and Peggy Pico

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