Loren M. Solfest

Loren M. Solfest

Shareholder | Vice President
Location:
Apple Valley, Minnesota
Phone:
952-953-8838 (Direct Dial)
Fax:
952-432-3780
Email:

Loren Solfest is a managing shareholder and Vice-President of Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. He heads the firms banking, business and commercial law and civil and commercial litigation practice groups and he has been practicing transactional and litigation law since 1986.  He practices in the areas of banking, commercial litigation, business and real estate law. He has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of transactions and cases in state and federal courts, at both the district and appellate court levels.

Loren is certified as a Real Property Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association,  is also a qualified neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice, and he has served as a mediator and arbitrator in numerous cases since 1997.  Loren is licensed to practice law in the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; the United States District Court, District of Minnesota; and the United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin. Loren has been repeatedly named to the Super Lawyers list and AV Peer Review Rated.

When he is not at work, Loren enjoys family and church activities, participating in various sports, coaching his children's sports teams and following the Fighting Irish.

Areas of Practice

  • 30% Real Estate
  • 30% Business and Commercial Law
  • 30% Banking
  • 10% Arbitration and Mediation

Litigation Percentage

  • 40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Real Property Law Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1998
  • Qualified Neutral Under Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 114, ADR Program, 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1986
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Education

  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1986
    • Law Journal: Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Associate, 1984
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • B.A. - 1983
    • Honors: Notre Dame Scholar Award, 1979-1983
    • Major: Government

Published Works

  • Adelphia Law Journal, Editor in Chief, Delta Theta Phi, 1985
  • Minnesota Litigation Checklists §1-1 et seq., Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., Lexis.com, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Banking Law, Real Estate and Business Litigation, 2006 - Present
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell, 2006 - Present
  • Southwest YMCA Distinguished Leader Award Recipient, 1997
  • Minnesota Valley YMCA Y Partners Campaign All Star Award Recipient, 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Dakota County Bar Association, Member
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Minnesota Association for Justice, Member
  • Civil Law
  • Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, Inc., Board Member
  • Dakota County Law Library, Member
  • Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2010 Board Chairperson and former Board Member
  • Burnsville Chamber of Commerce, Former Treasurer and Board Member
  • Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Lakeville Chamber of Commerce
  • Minnesota Valley YMCA, Former Chairperson and Board Member Southwest Area YMCA, former Board Chairperson
  • Y Partners Campaign, Former Chairperson
  • National Bicentennial Writing Competition, Judge 1987
  • Notre Dame Club of Minnesota, Lifetime Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Assistance of Dakota County - Volunteer, 1989 - Present
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services - Volunteer, 1986 - 1989

Languages

  • English

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Sigma Nu Phi