Robert B. Bauer

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: 952-953-8847
Fax: 952-432-3780
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Consumer (50%),
  • General Litigation (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Robert B. Bauer is the vice president and shareholder of the Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. law firm, located in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Licensed to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Mr. Bauer represents clients in both states who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    ·         Municipal law

    ·         Real estate law

    ·         Civil and commercial litigation

    ·         Dispute resolution

    ·         Estate planning, probate and business succession planning

    ·         Business and commercial law

    ·         Appeals

    Certified as a real property specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association, Mr. Bauer is also qualified as a neutral with the Minnesota State Court System Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Through his training and extensive legal experience, Mr. Bauer works hard to help his clients resolve their conflicts without the need for expensive and time-consuming litigation. However, he has achieved notable success representing his clients in both state and federal courts, helping them obtain the positive results they expect and deserve.

    A Minnesota native, Mr. Bauer received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 1987. He then attended Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1992 and received an American Jurisprudence Award for Evidence, Sales and Secured Transactions.

    In 1992, the Minnesota State Bar Association admitted him to practice, and the State Bar of Wisconsin admitted him in 1993. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota as well as U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

    Highly knowledgeable in his practice areas, Mr. Bauer has published numerous articles and conducted many classes and seminars on topics related to dispute resolution, eminent domain issues, title law, real estate and land use matters, legal ethics and more.

    In addition to his involvement with the Minnesota State Bar Association Real Property Law Section, he is also a member of the Dakota County Bar Association and the First Judicial District Bar Association. He serves as chairperson for the Minnesota Client Security Board and is an active member of the Appraisal Institute.

    He holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and Minnesota Lawyer magazine named him Attorney of the Year in 2008.

    *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
    • 50%Real Estate: Consumer
    • 50%General Litigation
    Focus Areas



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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

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    About Robert Bauer

    Admitted: 1992, Minnesota

    Professional Webpage:


    • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2008
    • Super Lawyers List, 2007 - 2016

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member
    • Wisconsin
    • Minnesota Client Security Board, Chairperson
    • First Judicial District Bar Association, Member
    • Minnesota
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
    • Dakota County Bar Association, Member
    • Appraisal Institute, Member
    • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
    • Minnesota State Bar Association , Member, Real Property Law Section

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Northern Dakota County Chamber of Commerce
    • Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Author, Minnesota Litigation Checklists §§ 1-1 et seq., (Matthew Bender & Company, Inc.) (Available in print and through, 2007
    • Guest Speaker, 2012 Engineers Conference, Topic: Contracts, Eminent Domain and Special Assessments
    • Guest Speaker, 2011 Engineers Conference, Topic: City Attorney Issues
    • Guest Speaker, 2010 Engineers Conference, Topic: Eminent Domain and Special Assessments
    • Seminar, Ethical Issues in Real Estate Practice, 2009
    • Seminar, Troubleshooting Title and Title Insurance Problems, 2009
    • Seminar, Title Law in Minnesota, 2008
    • Seminar, A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding Easements, 2008
    • Seminar, Road and Access Law: Successfully Handling Disputes, 2007
    • Seminar, Road and Access Law: Successfully Handling Disputes, 2006
    • Seminar, Managing Ethical Issues in Your Day-to-Day Practice in Minnesota, 2005
    • Seminar, Ethical Considerations in Eminent Domain Cases, 2005
    • Seminar, Commercial Real Estate Transactions and Title Issues in Minnesota: Building a Solid Foundation for Success, 2004
    • Seminar, Specialty Ethics in Minnesota: Professionalism, Substance Abuse and Elimination of Bias, 2004
    • Seminar, Getting Successful Results in Minnesota Eminent Domain Actions, 2003
    • Seminar, Major Land Use Laws in Minnesota, 2003
    • Seminar, Damages in Minnesota Civil Trial Practice, 2002
    • Guest Speaker, Minnesota Parks and Recreation Association (Topic: Employee Liability/Data Practices), 1998
    • Guest Speaker, Minnesota Water Workers Convention (Topic: Public Employee Liability), 1997


    • Bradley Bengston and Brenda Bengston v. Nick J. Dzandzara, et al (addressing equity stripping/fraud), LEXIS 226 (Minn. App. Unpub. 2006) (Minn. App. 2006)
    • Watson's Props. LLC v. Menard, Inc. (involving Rule 12 of the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure), 2002 Minn. App. LEXIS 756 (Minn. App. 2002)
    • Kassan Realty Co. v. Metzen Realty, Inc. (involving contract interpretation and rescission), 1999 WL 1102299 (Minn. App. 1999)
    • City of Eagan v. Finch (involving condemnation), 1998 WL 252322 (Minn. App. 1998)
    • Eagan Econ. Dev. Auth. v. U-Haul Co., 765 N.W.2d 403 (Minn. App. 2009)
    • D&D Mechanized Trucking, Inc. v. Rihm Motor Co. (involving contract claims), 2007 AP001697FT (unpublished opinion) (Wis. App. Ct. 2008)
    • Instant Testing Company, et al. v. Community Security Bank, et al. (involving relocation benefits), 715 N.W.2d 124 (Minn. App. 2006)
    • Pomrenke v. Department of Commerce (involving mortgage origination licensing), 677 N.W.2d 85 (Minn. App. 2004)
    • Majestic Inc. v. Berry (involving the enforcement of a confession of judgment), 593 N.W.2d 251 (Minn. App. 1999)
    • Zehrer v. Helland (involving real estate/fraud), 1998 WL 346651 (Minn. App. 1998)
    • George O. Ensminger et al. v. Timberland Mortgage Services, Inc. et al. (affirming summary judgment of dismissal in favor of client, a residential mortgage lender), A09-1213 (Minn. App. 2010)
    • Costa v. Carambola Partners, LLC, 590 F. Supp. 2d 1141 (D. Minn. 2008)
    • Jones v. Rees-Max, LLC (involving equity stripping), 514 F. Supp.2d 1139 (D. Minn. 2007)
    • Concept Properties, LLP v. City of Minnetrista (involving land use), 694 N.W.2d 804 (Minn. App. 2005)
    • Whitehouse v. Dachtera (addressing sales representative/arbitration requirement), 609 N.W.2d 248 (Minn. App. 2000)
    • City of Eagan v. Olson (involving condemnation), 1998 WL 690860 (Minn. App. 1998)
    • Eagan Econ. Dev. Auth. v. U-Haul Co., 787 N.W.2d 523 (Minn. 2010) 787 N.W.2d 523 (Minn. 2010) (involving eminent domain)
    • Equity Trust Co. v. Cole, 766 N.W.2d 334 (Minn. App. 2009)
    • Schmitz v. City of Farmington (involving tort claims and inverse condemnation), 2007 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 753 (Minn. App. 2007)

    Educational Background:

    • University of Minnesota, B.A., Political Science
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    14985 Glazier Avenue
    Suite 525
    Apple Valley, MN 55124

    Phone: 952-953-8847

    Fax: 952-432-3780

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