Firm News

April 26, 2016 | Attorney Ryan Bies Elected as Shareholder

April 15, 2016 | Attorney Matthew Schaap Presents Seminar on Landlord Tenant Law

November 24, 2015 | Attorney Ryan Bies Named 2015 Up and Coming Attorney

August 3, 2015 | Firm welcomes Attorney Anna Gunderson to Estate Planning Practice Group

July 1, 2015  | Attorney Bob Bauer Elected To Chair Minnesota Client Security Board

January 1, 2015 | DMSHB has moved its office to premier Apple Valley Commerical Building

January 1, 2015 | Attorney Matthew Schaap Elected As Shareholder With Dougherty Molenda

November 1, 2014  | 2014 Attorney Matthew Schaap Co-Authors Article In American Bar Association Magazine

October 20, 2014  | Attorney Ryan Bies Receives Favorable Ruling In Family Law Appeal

September 16, 2014 | 11 DMSHB Attorneys named in 2014 Minnesota Super Lawyers® and 2014 Minnesota Rising Stars® List

June 10, 2014 | Client Review Spotlight: Sharon Hills

April 30, 2014 | Firm Honors Phyllis Kleindl in Retirement

December 18, 2013 | Attorney Dan Ryan Joins DMSHB

November 15, 2013 | Four DMSHB Attorneys Recognized in Nationwide Publication - 2013 Super Lawyers/Business Edition

September 9, 2013 | Attorney Bob Bauer Receives Highest Peer Ranking.

August 22, 2013 | Attorney Bob Bauer Presents at Eminent Domain Seminar.

July 16, 2013 | DMSHB attorneys named to 2013 Minnesota Rising Stars® List.

July 16, 2013 | DMSHB attorneys named to 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers® List.

July 1, 2013 | Attorney Bob Bauer Appointed by Minnesota Supreme Court.

May 4, 2013 | Attorney Mike Molenda Endorsed as Candidate to International Board of Directors for Lions Clubs International.

April 30, 2013 | Attorneys Recertified as Minnesota Real Property Law Specialists.

April 13, 2013 | Attorney Terry Merritt Presents Estate Planning Seminar in Lakeville.

January 15, 2013 | Attorney Matthew Schaap Honored as Top 40 under 40 Litigation Lawyer.

January 1, 2013 | Attorney Loren Solfest Appointed to CAP Agency Board.

October 5, 2012 | Denim Day | DMSHB's Employees Raise $1,472 for Local Food Shelves.

September 2012 | Jennifer Thompson honored as Unsung Legal Hero by Minnesota Lawyer.

August 2012 | Attorney Loren Solfest Receives AV® Rating and 5.0 out of 5.0 Preeminent TM Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

July 17, 2012 | Four DMSHB attorneys named to 2012 Minnesota Super Lawyers® List .

July 16, 2012 | Six DMSHB attorneys named to 2012 Minnesota Rising Stars® List .

June 25, 2012 | Legal Secretary Jennifer Thompson named Unsung Legal Hero by Minnesota Lawyer.

January 31, 2012 | Attorney Matthew Schaap presents seminar entitled Tablet Computing and Your Practice to The Richard T. Oakes American Inn of Court.

January 3, 2012 | Attorneys Matthew Schaap and Annette Margarit represent employee in successful unemployment benefits appeal before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Sharp v. Hayloft Prop. Mgmt. Co., 2012 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 13 (Minn. App. Jan. 3, 2012) (reversing ALJ finding of employment misconduct).

December 14, 2011 | Firm awarded Apple Valley Business of the Year Award by Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce. The firm is proud of its commitment to the community and to the City of Apple Valley. Watch Video

November 10, 2011 | Attorney Michael Molenda obtains judgment for damages and attorneys' fees against annuity purchaser. Read More

October 7, 2011 | Firm proudly participates in Food and Fund Drive benefiting Second Harvest Heartland in their efforts to feed Minnesota families.

July 21, 2011 | Five firm attorneys recognized in 2011 Minnesota Super Lawyers® list .

July 14, 2011 | Five firm attorneys recognized in 2011 Minnesota Rising Stars® list .

June 24, 2011 | Attorney Michael Dougherty approved by Minnesota Supreme Court to provide mediation and arbitration services in Minnesota litigation.

June 21, 2011 | Attorney Loren Solfest named to Board of Directors for CAP Agency, a private non-profit organization serving residents of Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties. Learn More about CAP Agency.

March 14, 2011 | Attorney Christine Cassellius has been selected by Minnesota Lawyer as a 2011 Up & Coming Attorney. She will be honored at a an awards lunch at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis on May 11.

December 28, 2010 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer assists the Eagan EDA through multiple appeals, resulting in affirmance of the EDA’s decision to acquire property in the Cedar Grove Redevelopment area through eminent domain.

Read Decisions:
District Court (2008) | Court of Appeals No. 1 (2009) | Supreme Court (2010) | Court of Appeals No. 2 (2010)

Attorneys:
Bob Bauerand Michael Dougherty

December 8, 2010 | Apple Valley Mayor honors attorney Loren Solfest for his service as 2010 Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce.

July 26, 2010 | Five Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer attorneys recognized in 2010 Minnesota Super Lawyers® list .

June 29, 2010 | Attorney Loren Solfest recertified as MSBA Certified Real Property Law Specialist.

April 8, 2010 | Governor Tim Pawlenty today announced the appointment of Michael G. Dougherty to the current vacancy on the Commission on Judicial Selection.

March 2, 2010 | Attorney Matthew Schaap assists client in obtaining a $325,312.50 arbitration award following a six-day arbitration.

March 1, 2010 | Attorneys Loren Solfest and Matthew Schaap assist clients in obtaining judgment of $212,121.49 at summary judgment in commercial real estate litigation.

February 2, 2010 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer assists client in obtaining summary judgment of dismissal and an award of expenses in Ohio federal patent litigation.

Read Decisions:
Summary Judgment | Appeal

Attorneys:
Bob Bauer and Matthew Schaap

January 25, 2010 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer is pleased to announce that Attorney Christine J. Cassellius has been elected as shareholder of the firm.

January 9, 2010 | Attorney Mike Molenda elected District Governor of International Association of Lions Clubs (District 5M-6). ( Press Release)

December 1, 2009 | Six Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer Attorneys named to 2010 Minnesota Rising Stars List.

November 17, 2009 | Attorney Loren M. Solfest elected as Board Chair for Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce for 2010 calendar year.

November 12, 2009 | Minnesota Supreme Court reappoints attorney Robert B. Bauer to Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board for three-year term.

May 14, 2009 | Attorney Bob Bauer has completed 40 hours of training and is now a registered neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. To learn more, visit our ADR Practice Page.

March 15, 2009 | Attorneys Terry Merritt presents seminar on estate planning at Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville.

January 21, 2009 | Attorney Terrence A. Merritt presents seminar on estate planning at Augustana's Apple Valley Villa campus.

January 9, 2009 | Minnesota Lawyer names attorney Robert Bauer 2008 " Attorney of the Year" for assisting clients in obtaining a $22,685,638.08 judgment against the operators of a fraudulent real estate investment scheme.

December 1, 2008 | Attorneys Stephen Ling, Christine Cassellius and Matthew Schaap named to 2009 Minnesota Rising Stars® list by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine.

November 16, 2008 | Attorneys Terrence A. Merritt speaks on estate planning issues at a free seminar hosted by Berean Baptist Church.

July 29, 2008 | Attorneys Bob Bauer and Stephen Ling assist plaintiffs in obtaining a $22,685,638.08 judgment against Geoffrey Thompson, Nancy Thompson, Joseph Cole, and James Abbott—the principals of the Investment Properties of Minnesota corporate entities—for fraudulent investment schemes targeting Minnesota residents. View Star Tribune Article .

July 18, 2008 | Legal Assistance of Dakota County, Ltd. nominates attorney Christine J. Cassellius for recognition by the Minnesota Supreme Court based on her significant contributions to serving the legal needs of low-income clients in Dakota County.

June 16, 2008 | After a two-day summary jury trial, attorneys Robert B. Bauer assisted homeowners in obtaining a $195,000 settlement from the City of Farmington, Barbarossa & Sons, Inc., and Northern Dewatering, Inc. The homeowners' asserted their claim for relief when their home was damaged by the City’s Main Street Reconstruction Project.

June 12, 2008 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer announces that Attorney Brian J. Wisdorf has been certified as a Real Property Specialist by the MSBA.

June 11, 2008 | Attorneys Loren M. Solfest successfully opposed an appeal by a developer against a homeowner where the developer breached its agreement to purchase homeowner’s property. The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s decisions in favor of the homeowner, including findings that the homeowner was entitled to consequential damages and to attorneys’ fees for the developer’s breach. See Horace Mann Ins. Co. v. Ferguson, et. al. , A07-1055, 2008 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXS 648 (Minn. App. June, 3, 2008).

June 10, 2008 | Attorney Loren M. Solfest was honored by the Minnesota Valley YMCA as he completed his second term as a board member. Loren has been actively involved in area YMCAs over the last two decades and has served as chair and member of the board for the Minnesota Valley YMCA in Burnsville and the Southwest Area YMCA in Eagan. Over the years, he has received various awards, including the 2004 All Star Award from the Minnesota Valley YMCA and the Distinguished Leader Award in 1997 from the Southwest Area YMCA.

June 10, 2008 | Michael G. Dougherty was recently nominated and unanimously accepted for an appointment to a five-year term on the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Board of Trustees. Saint Mary's is a private, Catholic institution founded in 1912. The University's undergraduate campus is located in Winona and its Bachelor completion, graduate, professional, and certificate programs are offered in Winona, Minneapolis, Rochester, greater Minnesota, Wisconsin and Nairobi, Kenya.

June 10, 2008 | Attorney Terrence A. Merritt speaks on estate planning issues at a free seminar hosted by White Funeral Home in Burnsville. Other speakers included Mike Labovitch, Director of Dakota County Verteran Services; Arnold Zach of White Funeral Homes; and Larry Rivers, Certified Health Insurance Counselor with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.

May 28, 2008 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer hosts "Business After Hours," an Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce event.

May 12, 2008 | Attorney Robert B. Bauer speaks at NBI Seminar: Title Law in Minnesota.

May 9, 2008 | Attorney Robert B. Bauer speaks at NBI Seminar: A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding Easements.

January 25, 2008 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer announces election of Attorney Stephen A. Ling as Shareholder.

January 16, 2008 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer announced as Grand Sponsor of Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Grand Cabaret, a community fundraiser to be held on April 25, 2008 at Brackett's Crossing Country Club.

January 1, 2008 | Attorney Loren M. Solfest begins term on Board of Directors for Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce.

December 27, 2007 | Attorney Brian J. Wisdorf assists homeowner in obtaining a judgment in the amount of $122,983.87 against a residential contractor for the contractor’s failure to perform.

December 20, 2007 | Attorneys Sharon K. Hills and Stephen A. Ling selected as members of First Judicial District Ethics Committee.

December 1, 2007 | Attorneys Stephen Ling, Christine Cassellius, and Matthew Schaap named 2008 Minnesota Rising Stars® by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine.

October 16, 2007 | Attorney Robert B. Bauer speaks at NBI Seminar on the following topics:

1) Abandonment and Vacation of Land and 2) Control, Supervision and Management of Roads and Highways.

August 17, 2007 | Attorney Terrence A. Merritt speaks on municipal law issues at a seminar presented by the Minnesota Association of Townships Insurance Trust.

August 7, 2007 | Star Tribune features story on Doris Schmitz of Farmington, clients of Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer whose home was damaged by dewatering activities conducted by the City of Farmington. Read the Article

August 6, 2007 | Six Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer attorneys named 2007 Minnesota Super Lawyers® .

August 1, 2007 | Attorney Terrence A. Merritt begins three-year term for Augustana Care Corporation on the Board of Directors for Augustana Health Care Center of Apple Valley, Apple Valley Villa and Augustana Regent at Burnsville, LLC.

July 2, 2007 | Attorney Michael E. Molenda attends International Association of Lions Clubs in Chicago, IL where former President Jimmy Carter highlighted the joint efforts of the Carter Foundation and the Lions through Campaign SightFirst II, a project designed to eradicate preventable blindness worldwide.

June 13, 2007 | Attorney Robert B. Bauer speaks at NBI Seminar: Road and Access Law.

May 17, 2007 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer hosts "Business After Hours," a joint event of the Apple Valley and Lakeville Chambers of Commerce.

May 8, 2007 | Attorney Terrence A. Merritt speaks on Health Care Directives at a seminar in Lakeville, MN presented by Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.

May 1, 2007 | Attorney Loren M. Solfest receives AV peer rating, the highest rating awarded to attorneys by Lexis-Nexis Martindale-Hubbell.

April 5, 2007 | Attorney Brian J. Wisdorf speaks at NBI Seminar: Resolving Problems and Disputes on Construction Projects.

April 1, 2007 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer welcomes Brian J. Wisdorf as its newest associate attorney.

January 22, 2007 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer announces the re-election of Michael G. Dougherty as firm President.

January 22, 2007 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer announces the re-election of Michael G. Dougherty, Loren M. Solfest, Sharon K. Hills and Robert B. Bauer to the firm's Board of Directors.

January 22, 2007 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer announces the election of attorney Annette M. Margarit as Shareholder.

January 12, 2007 | Minnesota Supreme Court appoints Attorney Robert B. Bauer to the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board for three-year term.

January 5, 2007 | Governor Tim Pawlenty reappoints attorney Michael G. Dougherty to the Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission.

December 1, 2006 | Attorneys Ryan J. Bies admitted to practice in United States District Court, District of Minnesota.

November 23, 2006 | Attorney Matthew J. Schaap named a 2007 Minnesota Rising Star® for his work in Business Litigation.

November 2006 | Attorney Robert B. Bauer appointed to serve as special master in Dakota County civil litigation.

October 2006 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer attorneys finalize work on litigation materials prepared for Total Litigator, a new resource for Minnesota attorneys coming soon from Lexis.com.

September 7, 2006 | Attorney Michael E. Molenda speaks on charitable work of the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank and the Minnesota Lions Children’s Eye Clinic.

August 8, 2006 | Attorney Robert B. Bauer speaks at NBI Seminar: Road and Access Law: Successfully Handling Disputes.

July 25, 2006 | Five Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer attorneys named 2006 Super Lawyers®.

April 6, 2006 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer hosts "Business After Hours," a monthly event organized by the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce.

March 3, 2006 | Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer hosts its 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Dakota County Western Service Center in Apple Valley.