Dan Brody is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section, including the Business Litigation Group and the Government Enforcement and White-Collar Defense, and Internal Investigations and Corporate Compliance Teams. He focuses his practice on complex business litigation matters, government and internal investigations, corporate compliance, and criminal defense.
Dan routinely helps businesses navigate complex business disputes in state and federal courts. He handles a range of business disputes, including claims of breach of contract, unfair trade practices, theft of trade secrets, claims stemming from employee misconduct, and other business torts. His clients have included small and large companies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and religious institutions.
Government Enforcement and White-Collar Defense
Dan regularly represents and advises institutional clients in all stages of criminal and civil government enforcement actions and investigations, such as civil investigative demands, grand jury subpoenas, and criminal and civil enforcement actions filed in court. This work has involved federal and state agencies, including:
- the United States Department of Justice
- various United States Attorneys' Offices
- the United States Department of Justice, Office of the Special Counsel (Special Counsel: Robert Mueller)
- the Federal Bureau of Investigation
- the Environmental Protection Agency
- the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General
- state/district attorneys’ offices
- state attorneys general and other administrative agencies in various states
His experience has included the representation of nonprofit associations in connection with federal compliance audits, the defense of a company from federal criminal charges in connection with a joint United States Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency investigation, the representation of clients in response to civil investigative demands and criminal grand jury subpoenas, and the representation of a client in connection with a federal grand jury subpoena issued by the United States Department of Justice, Office of the Special Counsel.
Internal Investigations and Corporate Compliance
Dan conducts internal investigations for entities facing crisis situations as a result of a variety of matters, such as allegations of financial wrongdoing, regulatory non-compliance, or employee misconduct. Recently, he conducted an internal investigation of a medical treatment facility in response to law enforcement inquiries and the commencement of criminal charges against multiple employees of the treatment facility. One aspect of Dan's investigation included identifying areas of the treatment facility’s internal policies and procedures in need of revision and suggesting appropriate revisions. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, Mr. Brody coordinated the criminal defenses of the treatment facility’s employees, which resulted in the dismissal of all criminal charges.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
Dan also maintains a significant pro bono practice. In particular, he participates in the firm’s Domestic Violence Restraining Order program, where he provides free representation to victims of domestic violence who are seeking restraining orders. His pro bono practice also includes assisting veterans with resolving housing disputes and representing indigent defendants in criminal matters.
Dan serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Law Center in Hartford, Connecticut. He is also President and a member of the board of directors for the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association (CAPABA).
Prior to joining the firm, Dan was a law clerk for Chief Judge William J. Lavery and Judge Thomas A. Bishop at the Connecticut Appellate Court. He also was an intern law clerk for Judge Michael P. Shea at the United States District Court, District of Connecticut. He previously worked for law firms in West Hartford, Connecticut; interned with the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice, Hartford Judicial District; and served as a law clerk for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.
While in law school, Dan interned for the United States Department of Justice, Gang and Organized Crime Division, and for the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, Appellate Bureau, where he briefed, argued, and won State v. Schuler, 157 Conn. App. 757, 118 A.3d 91 (2015), in the Connecticut Appellate Court. In addition, Dan was a pro bono honoree and the recipient of the Aspen Law and Business Award for Evidence and the Avlin Pudlin Scholarship for First Amendment study. He is also a former college soccer player.