Loren M. Solfest

Loren M. Solfest

  • Shareholder | Vice President
Loren M. Solfest

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” ~ Vincent Lombardi

Areas Of Practice

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers List, 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

Bar Admissions

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


  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 1986
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • B.A. – 1983
    • Honors: Notre Dame Scholar Award, 1979-1983
    • Major: Government
Rated By Super Lawyers | Loren M. Solfest | Selected in 2022 Thomson Reuters

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, church, volunteer and sporting activities, attending theatre, musical, academic and sporting events, and following the Fighting Irish.

Certified Legal Specialties

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

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Dakota County Bar Association, Member
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Former Member
  • Minnesota Association for Justice, Former Member

Community Activities

  • 360 Communities, Former Officer and Board Member, 2017-2023
  • Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency, Inc., Former Secretary and Board Member
  • Dakota County Law Library Board of Trustees, Member
  • Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2010 Board Chairperson and Former Officer and Board Member
  • Burnsville Chamber of Commerce, Former Treasurer and Board Member
  • Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Former Treasurer and Board Member
  • Lakeville Chamber of Commerce, Board Chairperson and Former Officer and Board Member
  • Minnesota Valley YMCA, Former Chairperson and Board Member Southwest Area YMCA, former Board Chairperson
  • Southwest Area YMCA, Former Board Chairperson and Board Member
  • Y Partners Campaign, Former Chairperson
  • National Bicentennial Writing Competition, Judge 1987
  • Notre Dame Club of Minnesota, Lifetime Member
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association, Lifetime Member
  • Legal Assistance of Dakota County – Volunteer, 1989 to Present
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services – Volunteer, 1986 to 1989