Steve represents and advises clients that are dealing with business, real estate disputes and family law concerns. He appreciates the financial realities of conflict, and makes every effort to find a creative solution that makes sense. When there are no choices though, his experience and record of success pays dividends. Steve has represented clients ranging from individual entrepreneurs to fortune 100 companies, appearing in numerous federal and state trials. When it makes sense to resolve dispute, Steve finds a solution. When it does not, he has the confidence, skill and resolve to take it to trial, where he almost always prevails.
Steve also routinely assists clients in transactions involving the purchase or sale of businesses and/or real estate. He has saved his clients millions recognizing potential tax issues, finding additional value in their business transactions or simply helping them avoid unnecessary liabilities.
A 1996 honors graduate from William Mitchell College of Law, Steve is a member in good standing with the Minnesota State Bar Association; Ramsey County Bar Association; Hennepin County Bar Association; Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association.
He is very active in the Rotary Organization, having served as a Board Member, Committee Chair, Treasurer and District Committee Chair. Steve has served as a Board Member for the St. Paul/Nagasaki Sister City Organization, the Como Park Lantern Lighting Festival and as President and Board Member for the Bloomington Sister City Organization (Izumi Japan).
Steve was raised in Minnesota and now lives in Minneapolis. He is married with one child. He spent two years living in Tokyo, Japan where he learned to speak conversational Japanese. He is an avid competitive pool player, second degree black belt in tae kwon do, avid downhill skiier and fisherman, among other things.
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Drake Metzger, Criminal defense Attorney
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I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Steve for about 5 years in all realms of litigation. Steve is very experienced and knowledgeable in civil litigation. He is very cognizant of keeping client costs down, but is not at all hesitant to go to trial when the situation presents itself.
Edward Beckmann, Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Steve Hance is an outstanding attorney. Steve values every client and delivers personal attention to each file. He can advise businesses with every aspect of its affairs, from incorporations and partnership agreements to customer contracts. Steve had litigated many disputes arising from business transactions, real estate ventures, and employment disputes. He has appeared in courtrooms throughout the Midwest. This background qualifies him to address all matters facing entrepreneurs and professionals. I give Steve my unqualified endorsement. He has the technical skill and ethical standards of an outstanding lawyer.
|ND||Authorized to practice law||2013||01/23/2017|
|MN||Authorized to practice||1996||01/07/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2004|
|Owner/Partner||Doyle Hance, LLC||2008 - 2013|
|Associate Attorney||Murnane Brandt||2002 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Hennepin County Bar Association||N/A||1996 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association||N/A||1996 - Present|
|In re Field||Victory|
|Thompson Publishing Co. v. Tax Materials, Inc.||Settlement|
|Ly v. Nystrom||Victory|
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|www.hancelaw.net||Arbitrations - Designed to be Speedy and Reduce Costs||2015|
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|www.hancelaw.net||Written Agreements Among Shareholders are Meaningful After All||2015|
|www.hancelaw.net||Ignorance of the Law...May be a Defense After All||2015|
|www.hancelaw.net||Director's Fiduciary Duty to Creditors||2015|
|www.hancelaw.net||Tortious Interference Claims in North Dakota||2015|
|Hance Law Firm Website||International Business - think about dispute resolution before the dispute arises||2014|
|Hance Law Firm Website||The Cost of Lawyers and How to Avoid It||2014|
|Hance Law Firm, Ltd. Website||Officers/Directors Also Have Fiduciary Duties to Creditors||2014|
|Hance Law Firm Website||Get It In Writing, Even With Family||2014|
|www.Hancelaw.net||What is an Account Stated||2014|
|www.hancelaw.net||Where Can You Sue or Be Sued?||2014|
|www.hancelaw.net||Sometimes the "Fine Print" is Important||2014|
|www.hancelaw.net||Ambiguous Contracts - Another Horro Story||2014|
|Hance Law Firm Website||Minnesota Supreme Court: Strict Compliance Required to Foreclose by Advertisement||2013|
|Hance Law Firm Website||For North Dakota Directors: Be Fair or Beware!||2013|
|Hance Law Firm Website||Dealing with the Nightmare Tenant||2013|
|William Mitchell College of Law||N/A||Juris Doctorate||1996|
|University of Minnesota, Twin Cities||Political Science||Bachelor of Arts||1990|