Daniel P. Scholfield's practice primarily focuses on assisting national and local businesses and their owners facing civil litigation and appeals in the areas of unfair trade practices and commercial litigation. Dan's first goal with each client is to explain the law and help the client understand how to move forward. To do this, he provides personalized attention to his clients, taking the time necessary to analyze their complete circumstances in order to enable them to make well-informed choices regarding the outcome of their matter.
The cases Dan handles principally include claims of unfair conduct in the context of the sale or closing of a business, the buy-out or addition of a business partner, residential and commercial construction projects, commercial leases, and large consumer sales (such as the sale of motor vehicles). Dan also has experience working on cases concerning the liability of first responders, such as police officers and firefighters, in the performance of their official duties.
Dan’s experience makes him well-suited for handling cases that require extensive research and writing in order to address complex problems. He is a contributing author to Volume 12 of the Connecticut Practice Series – Unfair Trade Practices, Business Torts, and Antitrust, a leading treatise on unfair trade practice law in Connecticut which he helps update each year. His work on this volume keeps him at the forefront of the ever-changing landscape of business litigation and unfair trade practice law. In his appellate practice, Dan regularly appears before both the Connecticut Supreme Court and Connecticut Appellate Court. He authors Pullman & Comley's "Appellate Alerts," informing both his colleagues and clients of significant legal developments as they occur. He is also a member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Appellate Advocacy Section.
Prior to joining Pullman & Comley, Dan spent five years at a prominent New Haven litigation firm, where his practice focused on business litigation, appeals, and municipal liability. He also served 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 in its legal studies department.
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 oversees the execution of its strategic plan and program expansion campaign, and also guides and advises the current Officers of the Board. He also serves as the chair of the Board’s Nominating Committee, responsible for identifying, vetting, 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
- If COVID-19 Caused You to Stop or Curtail Operations, Check Your Policy for Crisis Management Coverage03.24.2020
- “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