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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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Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 40%
  2. Business: 40%
  3. Family: 10%
  4. Estate Planning: 10%



Hourly ($275-325/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Drake Daigoro Metzger

    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.


    Drake Metzger Criminal defense Attorney
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    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.


    Edward Beckmann Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Hance Law Firm, Ltd.

155 Lake Street East
Wayzata, MN, 55391


NDAuthorized to practice law201308/27/2016
MNAuthorized to practice199608/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/PartnerDoyle Hance, LLC2008 - 2013
Associate AttorneyMurnane Brandt2002 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hennepin County Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re FieldVictory
Thompson Publishing Co. v. Tax Materials, Inc.Settlement
Ly v. NystromVictory
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990