Daniel E. Vaknin

Daniel E. Vaknin

88 Kearny Street
10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: 415.788.1900
Fax: 415.393.8087

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Primary Practice Areas


Civil Litigation

Professional Liability


  • All Courts in the State of California


  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, cum laude
  • B.S., San Francisco State University

Daniel E. Vaknin


Mr. Vaknin is a litigation associate at the San Francisco office of Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney. He represents individuals and businesses in all phases of civil litigation. Mr. Vaknin counsels clients in a variety of matters related to business, bankruptcy, professional liability, and insurance defense. He reveres the relationship of trust with clients, and takes professional pride in taking deliberate and assiduous action to advance clients' interests.

Prior to joining Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, Mr. Vaknin worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Michael E. Ridgway of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota. Before that, he served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Jack B. Schmetterer of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

When not practicing law, Mr. Vaknin enjoys the endless offerings in his hometown of San Francisco, and in the greater Bay Area. He loves to hike, bike, and kayak, and has marveled since childhood at the mastery of classical and flamenco guitarists, and certain comedians. He is happy to be back in San Francisco, after spending six transformative, joyful, and exceptional years in the Midwest.

Professional and Community Contributions

Mr. Vaknin is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), and a member of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section of BASF.

Selected Presentations

  • Presented Co-Authored Paper at the 2015 Western Empirical Legal Studies Conference at U.C.L.A. School of Law

Academic Distinctions

  • CALI Excellence and Future Award for earning the highest grade in Constitutional Law Colloquium, and in Talmudic Legal Reasoning and Adaption
  • Teaching Assistant to Professor Charles Tabb, and to Professor David Eaton
  • Research Assistant to Professor Robert Lawless, and to Professor Charles Tabb
  • Bankruptcy Law Society at University of Illinois College of Law
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Medal and Certificate of Excellence 2015
  • Dean's List at University of Illinois College of Law
  • Dean's List and Departmental Honors while at San Francisco State University

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