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Steve joined the firm in 2001 after working for an international telecommunications consulting company. Currently, he practices primarily in the areas of real estate, corporate, and business transactions and municipal law. He regularly represents developers, builders, corporations, small and mid-sized businesses, and investors in various real estate and commercial transactions. Steve regularly drafts and negotiates general business contracts, asset purchase agreements, leases, and various other commercial agreements. He is also frequently involved in development and construction matters and commercial lending transactions. In addition to being a strong advocate for his clients' interests, Steve uses his business background and experience to advise and assist his clients in making sound business and legal decisions.

Steve received his undergraduate degree from Dordt College, and his law degree, with honors, from the University of Minnesota Law School. He is admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota and the State of Missouri. Steve has also been certified as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

When not representing his clients, Steve enjoys spending time with his family and participating in recreational sports, including golf, softball and basketball. Steve also enjoys real estate investing and remains actively involved in his church and the local community.


Practice areas


  1. Banking: 25%
  2. State & Local Law: 25%
  3. Business: 25%
  4. Real Estate: 25%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

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

14985 Glazier Avenue.
Suite 525
Apple Valley, MN, 55124


MNAuthorized to practice199907/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2013
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2010
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2009
Minnesota Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2008
Certified Real Property Law SpecialistMinnesota State Bar AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderDougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer P.A.2001 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law SectionMemberN/A
Faith Christian Reformed ChurchCouncil President and Past TreasurerN/A
Kids n' KinshipPast Board MemberN/A
Bethany Christian ServicesBoard MemberN/A
Northern Dakota County Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
Apple Valley Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar Association, 1st District Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Missouri State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Dakota County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
First Judicial District Ethics CommitteeMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Dordt CollegeCommunication and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A