Areas of Practice

Honors and Awards

Top 100 Attorney, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine

  • Super Lawyers List, 2003 - 2018
  • Judicial Selection Commission, Governor-appointed representative from First Judicial District

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota


  • Hamline University School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • St. Mary's College, B.A., with high honors

Michael Dougherty is a shareholder and the President of Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A. He heads the firm's municipal law and real estate practice groups. Michael is the designated city attorney for the cities of Apple Valley and Eagan. He began his experience in real estate working for Chicago Title Insurance Company. Michael uses his extensive knowledge of land use and development to counsel developers and governmental entities. Since 1991, he has been certified as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Michael has frequently lectured on real estate topics. He has addressed lawyer, developer, engineer and real estate organizations on comprehensive planning, zoning laws, special assessments, title examinations and real estate closings. Michael has been repeatedly named to the Super Lawyers® list .

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Real Estate, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1991
  • Qualified Neutral under Rule 114, 2011

Published Works

  • Real Estate Law, Twin Cities Business Monthly, August, 1998
  • Classes/Seminars
    • Ethics in Land Use, National Business Institute, 2011
    • Elements of Land Use Law, National Business Institute, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 1981 - Present
  • Dakota County Bar Association, Member, 1982 - Present
  • St. Mary's University of Minnesota , Board of Trustees (2008 - Present), Vice Chair (2017-18)

Community Involvement

  • St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Board of Trustees
  • Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, Past President