Daniel P. Scholfield is a litigation attorney who uses his trial and appellate experience to help corporate, small business, and healthcare clients manage litigation risks. The cases Dan handles principally include claims of unfair or fraudulent business conduct, disputes involving several different areas of law, or disputes which present previously unforeseen challenges. His experience makes him well-suited for handling complex or novel problems. For example, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, he has expended significant time advising hospitals and other healthcare practices concerning the ways in which the pandemic might give rise to previously unforeseen liabilities with regulatory authorities and the public at large.
Dan provides personalized attention to each of his clients, taking the time to analyze their complete circumstances in order to enable them to make well-informed choices regarding the outcome of their matter. In addition to the work he does for his clients, Dan is a contributing author to the annual update of Volume 12 of the Connecticut Practice Series – Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts, and Antitrust, a leading treatise on unfair trade practice law in Connecticut. His work on this volume keeps him at the forefront of the ever-changing landscape of business litigation. He also authors Pullman & Comley's "Appellate Alerts," informing both his colleagues and clients of significant legal developments as they occur.
Prior to joining Pullman & Comley, Dan spent five years at a prominent New Haven litigation firm, where his practice focused on civil litigation, appeals and municipal liability. He has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sarah A. L. Merriam, United States Magistrate Judge, and as a legal research clerk in the Connecticut Superior Court's Office of Legal Research. While in law school, Dan was a research clerk for three professors, a publications editor on the Quinnipiac Law Review, and was a member of the Moot Court Society. Today, he teaches Continuing Legal Education courses regarding unfair trade practices to other attorneys and is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of New Haven.
Dan devotes substantial time giving back to the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven, Connecticut as its immediate past president. In this role, he helped ensure the stability of the organization as it shifted to serving twice as many clients during the COVID-19 pandemic as it would under normal circumstances. He also serves as the chair of the Board’s Nominating Committee, responsible for identifying and nominating new prospects for Board membership as the need arises.
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 & Recognitions
Named to the Super Lawyers "Connecticut Rising Stars" since 2017 in the area of appellate law
- 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.
News & Insights
- Governor Lamont Orders Mandatory COVID-19 Testing of All Nursing Home and Assisted Living Agency Employees06.03.2020
- Speaker at Zoning Commission Hearing Enjoys Same Free Speech Protections as if at Trial Before a Court04.17.2020
- “THAT'S NOT FAIR!” How Soto v. Bushmaster Changed the Interpretation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act to Permit Claims by Parties Whom the Defendant Has Never Met11.22.2019
- A Superior Court Judge Applies Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC, 331 Conn. 53, 202 A.3d 262 (2019), to Conclude that the Absence of a Commercial Relationship did not Preclude a CUTPA Claim08.30.2019
- Connecticut Supreme Court vastly expands the scope of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (“CUTPA”)03.15.2019
Bar and Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
- New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2012; valedictorian, publications editor, Quinnipiac Law Review
Saint Anselm College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2009