Loren M. Solfest

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Apple Valley, MN

Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.
 | 14985 Glazier Avenue, Suite 525
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: 952-953-8838
Fax: 952-432-3780
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (30%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Environmental (10%),
  • Banking (10%)
Attorney Profile

Loren M. Solfest, leads the business and commercial transactional, litigation and banking and finance law practices at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A., where he serves as vice president and a director.  Mr. Solfest is also certified as a real estate property specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and is a qualified neutral under Minnesota’s general rules of practice for alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Solfest has represented national and international clients as well as clients from the Midwest Region and throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas, including Apple Valley, Bloomington, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville and Rosemount, and has worked with many of the growing businesses in the Twin Cities south metro region.

 

Mr. Solfest received his J.D. from Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He is admitted to practice in both Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

 

Throughout his career, Mr. Solfest has been a leader in professional and community organizations. He serves as a board member for 360 Communities, the Dakota County Law Library and the Lakeville Chamber of Commerce, and has previously served as a chairperson or on the board of directors for several more organizations, including other local Chambers of Commerce, YMCAs and the Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, Inc. He has also volunteered with Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Ltd., an organization that provides top-tier legal service to those in need. He is a member of several legal organizations, including the Dakota County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association and First Judicial District Bar Association.

 

Practicing law since 1986, Mr. Solfest has attained the highest possible rating by the

peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell.*

 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.


 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Real Estate (30%): Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance

Business Litigation (30%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Environmental (10%)

Banking (10%)

Focus Areas

Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

MSBA Board Certified Specialists

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About Loren Solfest

Admitted: 1986, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: http://www.dmshb.com/Attorneys/Loren-M-Solfest-Custom.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Scholar, 1979-1983
  • Minnesota Valley YMCA Y Partners Campaign All Star Award Recipient, 2004  
  • Super Lawyers List, 2006 - 2018
  • AV® Preeminent TM Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2006 - Present
  • Southwest YMCA Distinguished Leader Award Recipient, 1997
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate as selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell TM

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Qualified Neutral Under Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 114, ADR Program
  • Real Property Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit  

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Lakeville Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson 2019, Board Member 2016-Present, Secretary 2017, Vice Chair 2018
  • Notre Dame Club of Minnesota, Lifetime Member  
  • Minnesota Valley YMCA, former Chairperson and Board Member
  • Dakota County Law Library, Board Member
  • Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, Inc., former Secretary and Board Member
  • Y Partners Campaign, former Chairperson
  • Southwest Area YMCA, former Board Chairperson and Board Member
  • Burnsville Chamber of Commerce, former Treasurer and Board Member
  • Legal Assistance of Dakota County - Volunteer, 1989 - Present
  • Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • 360 Communities, Board Member 2017-Present
  • Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, Board Chairperson 2010 and former Board Member 2003, 2008-2010, 2011
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services - Volunteer, 1986 - 1989

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Adelphia Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief, University of Notre Dame
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Associate
  • Minnesota Litigation Checklists §1-1 et seq., Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., Lexis.com, 2007

Educational Background:

  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Government
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Comments

  • “Loren is an expert in real estate and banking law. I have referred numerous people to Loren over the years and have always heard great reports back on the work that he did for these people.”
  • “Loren is an expert in real estate law. I have personally used Loren on real estate transactions, and have referred many clients to him, with great results.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

Office Location for Loren M. Solfest

14985 Glazier Avenue
Suite 525
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Phone: 952-953-8838

Fax: 952-432-3780

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Last Updated: 1/28/2019

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