Daniel Eaton

Mr. 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.

Professional Affiliations & Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar Second Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct (2015-present)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Standing Committee on Discipline of the Southern District of California, Member (2008-present); in 2012, served as lead trial counsel in successful prosecution of a member of the District Bar for misconduct, the first such prosecution to go to trial in the Southern District in at least a decade
  • San Diego County Bar Legal Ethics Committee, Member (2002-2013); Chair (2004-2005)
  • Ninth Circuit Courts and Community Committee (2013-2017)
  • Harvard Law School Association (President-Elect) (2017) 
  • Harvard Law School Association (President) (2018) 

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

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • An Ounce of Prevention: Drug Testing
  • An Ounce of Prevention: Preventing Liability Under the FMLA
  • Avoiding Frivolous Lawsuits
  • California Supreme Court Says No to Noncompetes. Now What?
  • In-House Counsel Checklist for Handling Electronically Stored Information
    • 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

Professional Awards & Honors

  • Listed in “50 People to Watch in 2009,” San Diego Magazine (January 2009)
  • Recognized in San Diego Super Lawyers magazine for employment defense (2007-2009)




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