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Michael E. Molenda - Apple Valley, MN

14985 Glazier AveSuite 525 Apple Valley, MN 55124

Updated: 09/19/2023

Apple Valley Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer


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...

About Michael E. Molenda

Practice Areas

  • Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Criminal/Traffic
  • Personal Injury


  • 100%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Retired

Representative Clients

  • Chief City Prosecutor for the City of Apple Valley, Minnesota since 1983
  • City Attorney for Coates, Minnesota since 1993
  • Appointed as guardian ad litem by Dakota County District Court judges in approximately 100 cases before State-wide guardian ad litem program went into effect
  • Airlake Aero Flying Club, Inc


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1982
  • Wisconsin, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1984

Other Affiliations

  • Minnesota Association for Justice, 1983 - Present (Member)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Member)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 2003 - 2009 (Past Governor)
  • Dakota County Bar Association (Member)
  • First Judicial District Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Rosemount Lions Club
  • Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, Inc., Past Chairman of and current Legal Advisor to the Board of Directors. The Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, Inc., encourages cornea donations following death and processes the donated corneas to exacting federal standards. The corneas are used to return the gift of sight to individuals in need of corneal transplants
  • Hastings Chamber of Commerce (Member)
  • Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce (Three-year Member of Board of Directors)
  • Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) (Member)


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1982
    Honors: cum laude
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1972
    Honors: With Honors
    Major: Physical Education
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1975

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Sigma Epsilon

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Aid of Dakota County, 1983 - Present
  • Legal Advisor to the Minnesota Lions Vision and Hearing Foundations, 2006 - Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Swimming and Diving Officiating



  • Super Lawyer in Family Law, 2004 - 2017


Office Information


14985 Glazier AveSuite 525 Apple Valley, MN 55124


  • 952-432-3780

Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8am - 5pm


Representative Cases

  • State v. Powell, 357 N.W.2d 146 (Minn. Ct. App. 1984)
  • Wood v. Schlagel, 375 N.W.2d 561 (Minn. Ct. App. 1985)
  • Kelm v. Kelm, 1988 Minn. App. LEXIS 145 (Minn. Ct. App. 1988)
  • McDonnell v. Comm. of Public Safety, 460 N.W.2d 363 (Minn. Ct. App. 1990)
  • Radke v. Radke, 1990 Minn. Ct. App. LEXIS 540 (Minn. App. 1990)
  • Knutson v. City of Coates, 519 N.W.2d 166 (Minn. Supp. Ct. 1994)
  • V.G. v. Bates, 1997 Minn. App. LEXIS 430 (Minn. App. 1997)
  • Lisser v. Lisser, 2006 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1389 (Minn. App. 2006)

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