Loren M. Solfest

Top rated real estate attorney in Apple Valley, Minnesota

Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.
Loren M. Solfest
Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.

Practice Areas: Real estate, Business litigation, Business & corporate; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1986

Education: Hamline University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.

14985 Glazier Avenue
Suite 525
Apple Valley, MN 55124 Visit website


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

Real estate: business, Business litigation, Business/corporate, Banking, Environmental

Focus areas

Mortgage & refinance, Trade secret, Non-compete agreements, Business formation and planning, Limited liability companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter s corporations, Contracts, Business organizations, Environmental law

  • 30% Real estate: business
  • 30% Business litigation
  • 20% Business/corporate
  • 10% Banking
  • 10% Environmental

First Admitted: 1986, Minnesota

Professional Webpage: https://www.dmshb.com/attorney/loren-m-solfest/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • 360 Communities, Board Member 2017-Present
  • Lakeville Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson 2019, Board Member 2016-Present, Secretary 2017, Vice Chair 2018
  • Dakota County Law Library, Board Member
  • Notre Dame Club of Minnesota, Lifetime Member  
  • Minnesota Valley YMCA, former Chairperson and 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
  • Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, Board Chairperson 2010 and former Board Member 2003, 2008-2010, 2011
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services - Volunteer, 1986 - 1989
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Scholar, 1979-1983
  • Minnesota Valley YMCA Y Partners Campaign All Star Award Recipient, 2004  
  • , Super Lawyers List, 2006 - 2022, Super Lawyers(r) part of Thomson Reuters
  • 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
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • ., Editor-in-Chief, Adelphia Law Journal, 1985
  • ., Associate, Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Associate
  • Minnesota Litigation Checklists §1-1 et seq., Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., Lexis.com, 2007
Educational Background:
  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Government, 1983
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Minnesota Bar Admission, 1986
  • Wisconsin Bar Admission, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit  
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Qualified Neutral Under Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 114, ADR Program, 1994
  • Real Property Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1998

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

“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.”

Office location for Loren M. Solfest

14985 Glazier Avenue
Suite 525
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Phone: 952-432-3136


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

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