Dan is principal with the Smolnik Law Offices in Hamden, Connecticut, where he has been practicing in the areas of tax, business transactions, and tax-exempt organizations for over 30 years. He advises businesses from start-up through every stage of growth and organization.

Dan served on the Internal Revenue Service Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, to which he was appointed in 2017 for a three-year term. This panel advises the IRS on tax policy and engages with the public to develop and improve tax processes and systems. He was awarded the Presidential Silver Citation for his contributions to TAP.

Dan holds his Juris Doctorate degree from Valparaiso University, his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BA from the University of Rochester.

He has published dozens of articles in professional journals and lectures frequently to law and accounting professional organizations. Most recently, his article “The Connecticut Municipal Property Tax: Its Roots and Branches,” providing a rigorous quantitative analysis of municipal policies which affect property tax rates was published in The Tax Lawyer.  He has served Vice Chair of the Tax Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, where he also chaired the Federal Business Tax Subcommittee. He serves the town of Hamden, Connecticut on the Economic Development Commission and on the Board of the Hamden-North Haven YMCA.



Valparaiso University, JD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MBA

University of Rochester, BA

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