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Sharon K. Hills

Divorce and separation Attorney at Apple Valley, MN

5.0   29 reviews

Licensed for 33 years

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About Sharon

Learn Sharon’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    50%

    31 years

  2. Child support
    15%
    Child support issues can arise in a pending divorce or between unmarried parents or for a modification of an existing support order.

    31 years

  3. Family
    15%
    Divorce, separation, post-divorce issues, custody, child support, adoption, prenuptial agreements, Order for Protection.

    31 years

  4. Child custody
    10%
    Child custody issues can arise in a pending divorce, or between unmarried parents or for a modification of an existing custody order.

    31 years

  5. Other
    10%

I have been with Dougherty Molenda law firm and have lived in Burnsville MN for over 30 years.  Most of my client matters are in Dakota & Scott Counties, while I often appear in court with clients in Carver and Goodhue Counties, as well as Hennepin. 

Today's families are diverse, but the confronting issues and the course for resolution are parallel across the family spectrum. My clients come from all lifestyles and cultural and financial circumstances.  When my clients' matters are complete, most all walk away from the experience feeling good because of my legal representation and the mutual respect we shared. 

I am often discribed by my clients as: "genuine,"  "direct, but approachable,"  "frank and no sugar-coating," "prompt & responsive," and "problem-solver."

Outside of the office and courtroom, I enjoy gardening and I live to flyfish--I love to stalk the trout in the Western Wisconsin and Montana trout streams!

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Distinguished Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbel

Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice

Avvo

Licensed for 33 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 09/08/2022
State MN
Status Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1989
Updated 10/29/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Sharon

Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.
14985 Glazier Avenue Suite 525
Wings Financial Building
Apple Valley, MN, 55124

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
Sharon received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2017
Posted by Dana | May 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
Sharon’s knowledge, promptness and no BS approach are evident and very impressive. So glad I hired her for my divorce as she made a tough situation a lot easier. She’s an amazing attorney and I highly recommend her.
Posted by Tammy | July 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fair and honest lawyer that fights for you!!!!
Sharon was amazing helping me navigate my complex divorce. Would recommend her to everyone. She continues to advise me with ongoing issues. Very personable and friendly. Treats you like she has known you for years.
Posted by Kelly | May 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
Sharon was referred to me by a friend and I am forever grateful. She was matter of fact and always on her A game. Divorce is a stressful event and Sharon put me at ease....I knew she would take care of it and she did.
Posted by Matt | November 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Experience
I hired Sharon when faced with a custody/child support case. After meeting with and calling several lawyers I knew that Sharon was the right choice. She was able to put my mind at ease when dealing with a stressful situation. I was always given good information and advice to what was happening during the case and how to best handle it. I'm satisfied with the outcome of my case and I will be referring Sharon to anyone else that is in need of a Family Law Attorney.
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Posted by Christy | June 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Professional Experience and Leadership
From the moment I hired Sharon as my divorce attorney, I felt confident I was in great hands. As a stay-home mom with two young children, Sharon not only guided me through the mediation and divorce process, but gave helpful feedback and direction as I started my new life chapter. She consistently looked after my best interests, continually put my fears at ease and was an honest, steady force for me throughout the entire process. Having Sharon on my side gave me the professional experience and leadership I needed.
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Posted by Stephanie | June 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Sharon was AMAZING!
When I first met Sharon I was in a bad spot, she was re-assuring and professional, yet empathetic while keeping the focus where it needed to be. I had a very difficult divorce with lots of factors involved, and she took the time to understand it all and consult with other professionals in her office to benefit me. She thought of things I never would've, and eased my mind every step of the way. While I am extremely happy my divorce is over, I will miss Sharon!! She is amazing in every aspect start to finish and will fight for you, knows her stuff, and worked with opposing attorney on some very touchy stuff beautifully. I would recommend her to anyone who asked in a heartbeat. Best money you will ever spend!
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Posted by Tom | September 29, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
You can stop right here. She's it.
I really count my lucky stars I was referred to Sharon. Thanks to her I was able to keep my kids and our home. It was a really stressful situation that she made disappear. Her attention to detail, expansive experience and knowledge of the law, and solid argument in court was impressive to watch. My ex's attorney was no match and made me realize just how good Sharon is. She's damn good. She is also damn personable, a straight shooter that won't sugar coat things, and is an attorney with a heart that had my back. I highly recommend you hire her to have your back. You won't regret it.
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Posted by Randy | November 30, 2014
Prenuptial agreement
We unfortunately gave Sharon very little time to prepare the prenuptial agreement but she worked closely with my spouse's attorney and got things done before the wedding. Although not an overly complex agreement there were significant assets (including real estate property) and liabilities that had to be identified and properly described. Sharon's calm guidance was invaluable. I felt comfortable with the results but even more importantly, my spouse also felt that the final document treated him fairly. I think that is the ultimate measure of a successful agreement.
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Posted by Joel | January 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'd give Sharon more stars if I could
Sharon is amazing to work with. Her legal knowledge and ability are very impressive. But she also has a way to make you feel at ease. It's like talking to a long time friend, as opposed to just attorney-client. I am more than satisfied with hiring Sharon, and will recommend her to anyone in need of her advice or representation.
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Posted by Trevor | October 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best
Sharon came highly recommended to me by other professionals in the legal arena. She was extremely easy to work with, and made it very difficult time very manageable. I can’t imagine anyone being more prepared for all different scenarios than Sharon
Posted by Chad | March 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sharon Hills is Fantastic! Highly Recommend!
Sharon handled my divorce, estate and custody matter. From start to finish I new I was in great hands. Sharon is extremely reassuring, articulate, knowledgeable and effective. She gave me piece of mind during a very stressful time. I learned very quickly to trust her direction and ideas, always! I got the outcome I was looking for, I highly recommend her!!
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Posted by Jacklyn | July 1, 2019
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Great experience!
Sharon and her staff were helpful and responsive to all our questions and concerns. She negotiated on my behalf and was tough when needed. Overall, it was a pleasant experience and I would hire her again!
Posted by Ann | October 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Had my back!!
Sharon was excellent from start to finish!! I went through a Divorce and was very scared about life! She was very calming, as I cried quite often. She explained the steps thoroughly, and made sure I was understanding everything. She was always in a great mood, and very reassuring!
Posted by Bethany | May 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent-Professional-Efficent
Sharon helped me with my divorce and it couldn't have gone more smoothly. Everything on my end was completely effortless which is exactly what you are looking for when you are dealing with divorce. She was very attentive and she efficient! Would recommend her to anyone!
Posted by Aimee | September 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, compassionate, and driven
Sharon walked me through all the avenues I could pursue with my marital issues, and how those could impact future custody and safety concerns I had. She clearly communicated and advocated for me at each step. I felt supported at a time when I was scared for me and my child's safety, and she helped me take action.
Posted by Colleen | March 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and Thorough
Sharon did a great job of explaining the process and made sure everyone stayed on track, including opposing counsel. She provided a comfortable environment to discuss sensitive issues and her advice was top notch. I would highly recommend Sharon!
Posted by Sue | October 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
I unexpectedly found myself in the need of a Divorce Attorney and didn't know where to begin, so I googled "Best Divorce Lawyer in Apple Valley" and Sharon with her raving reviews appeared. She guided me through the whole process with her knowledge and expertise and had empathy for me as well. Thank you Sharon, for making a really tough time not so tough.
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Posted by Amy | July 15, 2015
Divorce Attorney
Sharon is professional, efficient, compassionate and most importantly available!! Excellent, would recommend her to anyone!!!
Posted by TERRY | July 17, 2014
best attorney in state
Sharon gave me great legal advice in a very hard and complicated case. She was great at explaining each of the options and paths that would be best for me . I have known Sharon for many years and have recommended her to many people and will continue to do so.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2014
Divorce/Custody Legal Representation
Sharon came highly recommended to me as being an exceptionally fair, honest and a person who "would not be afraid to take her gloves off in court". Technically, it was a "relocation" case which included moving the children to another state as their primary residence (mirrors a "custody" case). Sharon regularly encouraged "good faith" practices/activities of the client and followed by fair/straight legal methods supported solely by facts (she is able to kindly listen to emotions of client and console them, but weeds emotions out in court/documents/etc) . Her direct approach and in-depth knowledge of MN laws/statutes enables clients to minimize their legal fees along the way. While her service fees may feel "above average", I can assure you her services - attitude, skillset and outcome will exceed the "above average legal fee" !
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest Hills & Bauer P.A.
  • 1992 - Present

Education

  • Hamline University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Khosa v Crandall
  • Won at trial court and on appeal
  • Hessler v Hessler
  • Split decision on all issues
  • Ryman v Ryman
  • Trial court denied mom's motion and Court of Appeals affirmed in part & reversed in part. On remand and after custody trial (evid. hrg), trial court denied mom's motion for custody.

Associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Minnesota Office of Professional Responsiblity-First District Ethics Committee
  • Member Investigator
  • 2007 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • SuperLawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Community Peace Award (contributions domestic violence issues)
  • 360 Communities (Formerly: Community Action Council)
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • MN Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • New Millennium Legal Ethics
  • 2014
  • MN Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Ethical Lapses-What Went Wrong & Why?
  • 2012
  • MN Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Beyond the Rules: Common Ethical Dilemmas
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (0)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sharon is a compassionate attorney who works hard for her clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sharon Hills is well respected by judges, attorneys, court staff and professional colleagues. She has earned an excellent reputation as a smart, sensible, well-prepared and effective attorney. I have known Sharon many years, and I would gladly refer to her with confidence that she would do an outstanding job."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Sharon. I have referred many friends and neighbors to her over they years and they have consistently been pleased with her work despite the difficult circumstances they faced. I will continue to refer clients to her in the future based on her past results."
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Apple Valley Divorce and separation Lawyer Sharon K. Hills
Sharon K. Hills
Divorce and separation Attorney
Apple Valley, MN
Licensed for 33 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available