Daniel P. Scholfield is an associate in the Litigation practice at Pullman & Comley. Dan focuses on civil litigation and appeals, particularly in the areas of business litigation, municipal liability and unfair trade practices and business torts. He also handles appeals involving novel or complicated issues of law.
Dan’s experience makes him well-suited for handling cases that require extensive research and writing in order to address complex problems. He has briefed and argued numerous cases to both the Supreme and Appellate Courts of Connecticut. He is a contributor to the annual update of Volume 12 of the Connecticut Practice Series – Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts, and Antitrust. He teaches continuing legal education courses regarding unfair trade practices to other attorneys. He also teaches as a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of New Haven in its legal studies department.
Prior to joining Pullman & Comley, Dan spent five years at a prominent New Haven litigation firm, where his practice focused on municipal laws, appeals, civil litigation, and sexual abuse investigations.
Dan began his career as a legal research clerk in the Connecticut Superior Court’s Office of Legal Research. While in law school, he was a research clerk for three professors, a publications editor on the Quinnipiac Law Review, and was a member of the Moot Court Society. He devotes substantial time giving back to the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen as its president, where he oversees the execution of its strategic plan.
- In 2015, argued and obtained a new trial after a jury returned a verdict of guilty against an on-duty police officer for two counts of manslaughter associated with a high-speed collision in which the officer was involved.
- Successfully obtained summary judgment and defended subsequent appeal in lawsuit brought to block the sale of a famous New Haven pizzeria, thereby permitting sale to proceed.
- In 2017, successfully argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court that a police officer on an "extra-duty" assignment was acting within the scope of his employment for purposes of indemnity statute; officer was within the scope of statute permitting indemnification of legal bills following successful defense of criminal case claiming sexual assault.
- Successfully briefed and argued that defendant in criminal sexual abuse case was entitled to dismissal, with prejudice, after witness refused to cooperate, and thus nolle prosequi was not proper.
- Successfully briefed and argued that Superior Court judge improperly refused to consider deposition transcript testimony in course of granting Motion for Summary Judgment.
- Defeated application for prejudgment remedy against member of LLC related to piercing the corporate veil claim after multi-day evidentiary hearing.
- Connecticut Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- New Haven County Bar Association
- New Haven Inns of Court
- Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
- New York State Bar Association
- Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, New Haven - president, board of directors
Honors & Awards
- Named to the Super Lawyers "Connecticut Rising Stars" since 2017 in the area of appellate law