Tori M. Appelhof

Tori M. Appelhof was born in the city of Watertown, South Dakota and graduated from Waverly High School in Waverly, South Dakota. She received her Bachelor of Science from South Dakota State University in 2000 and received her Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 2003. Ms. Appelhof is licensed to practice both in the State of Minnesota and the United States District Court, District of Minnesota.

Tori M. Appelhof has been practicing almost exclusively in the area of family law for the past ten years. She is a strong and aggressive advocate for her clients. She has been named on the Super Lawyers Rising Star list for three years in a row. She was named by the National Trial Lawyers as one of Minnesota’s top 40 trial lawyers under the age of 40. She is active in her local bar associations and Women Lawyers Chapter. As the mother of three children, Ms. Appelhof appreciates and can familiarize with family struggles and assisting families in crisis.

Ms. Appelhof practices primarily in the areas of family law, including, but not limited to the following areas:

Practice areas

  • Legal Separation
  • Divorce
  • Contested Divorce
  • Relocation
  • Mediation
  • Division of Assets
  • Complex Asset Division
  • Division of Debts
  • Alimony / Spousal Maintenance
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Time / Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Adoption
  • Paternity
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Orders of Protection
  • Harassment
  • Restraining Orders
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Child Protection
  • Third Party Custody
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Relative Caregivers Custody
  • Post-decree Modifications

Bar admissions

  • Minnesota, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2005


  • Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers (one of the Top 40 trial lawyers under 40 years of age)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2011, 2012 and 2013


  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 2003
  • B.S., South Dakota State University, 2000

Professional associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers – St. Croix Chapter (Treasurer 2013-2014)
  • First District Bar Association (President 2009-2010)
  • Tenth District Bar Association
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • Washington County Bar Association

Reported cases

  • Unpublished: Brian J. Peterson, d/b/a Brian J. Peterson, P.A. vs. Colleen Lenz, A04-374, December 7, 2004


  • Tori Appelhof and Dana McKenzie: CLE discussing the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act and Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act

Community involvement

  • Volunteer for Lewis House
  • Legal Aid volunteer for Dakota County