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Mike was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1950. He grew up in the Milwaukee suburb of Greenfield where he attended high school and participated in swimming, golf, and drama. After high school, Mike attended the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse where he continued to swim and where he met his wife Linda.

Upon graduating from UW-La Crosse, he accepted a position as a physical education teacher at Rosemount Middle School; he also served as head swimming coach for Rosemount High School. He served in both of these roles until 1978 when he left coaching and pursued a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. Mike graduated from law school, cum laude, in 1982.

Mike currently practices in the areas of family law, criminal law, and personal injury. He also serves as a mediator, parenting time expeditor, parenting consultant and Early Neutral Evaluator in the family law area.

When he is not at work, Mike enjoys golfing and traveling with his wife of 42 years, Linda. They have a daughter, son-in-law, and two grandsons. Mike is very active in the International Association of Lions Clubs, serving as an International Director,  Mike also served as District Governor for the Lions Clubs in Ramsey, Dakota and Washington Counties in 2010-2011 and as Counsel Chairperson for the Lions Clubs in Minnesota, Manitoba and Northwest Ontario in 2011-2012.


Practice areas


  1. State & Local Law: 40%
    34 years
  2. Family: 30%
    34 years
  3. Mediation: 10%
  4. Arbitration: 10%
  5. Personal Injury: 10%
    17 years



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Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.

14985 Glazier Avenue
Suite 525
Apple Valley, MN, 55124


WIGood Standing198603/01/2015
MNAuthorized to practice198207/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2015
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2014
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2013
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderDougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.1986 - Present
ShareholderMcMenomy, Sheldon, Dusich, Hansen & Molenda1983 - 1986
Teacher and Swimming CoachIndependent School District 1961972 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lions Multiple District 5M,Legal Advisor2012 - Present
Minnesota Lions Hearing FoundationLegal Advisor2011 - Present
Minnesota Lions Vision FoundationPast Chairman & Legal Advisor2006 - Present
Minnesota Association for JusticeMember1983 - Present
Legal Aid of Dakota CountyN/A1983 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
First Judicial District Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Dakota County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Rosemount Lions ClubPast Club PresidentN/A
Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPAMemberN/A
Hastings Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
Apple Valley Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
Dakota County Family Law AssociationFounderN/A
Lions Clubs InternationalInternational Director2013 - 2015
Minnesota State Bar AssociationPast Governor2003 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Powell, 357 N.W.2d 146 (Minn. Ct. App. 1984)N/A
Radke v. Radke, 1990 Minn. Ct. App. LEXIS 540 (Minn. App. 1990)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Early Neutral Evaluation TrainingN/AN/A2009
Minnesota Mediation TrainingN/AN/A1996
William Mitchell College of LawN/AN/A1982
University of Minnesota Law SchoolEducationMA - MastersN/A
University of Wisconsin, LaCrosseEducationBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A