Tori M. Appelhof hails from Watertown, South Dakota, and graduated from Waverly High School in the same state. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University in 2000 and later obtained her Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 2003. Ms. Appelhof holds licenses to practice law in the State of Minnesota and the United States District Court, District of Minnesota.

With nearly a decade of focused experience, Tori M. Appelhof predominantly focuses on family law. Recognized as a dedicated and assertive advocate for her clients, she has consecutively earned a place on the Super Lawyers Rising Star list for three years. The National Trial Lawyers also acknowledged her as one of Minnesota's top 40 trial lawyers under the age of 40. Actively engaged in local bar associations and the Women Lawyers Chapter, Ms. Appelhof, as a mother of three children, brings a personal understanding to family struggles and is committed to assisting families in crisis.

Ms. Appelhof's practice is primarily concentrated in various areas of family law, including:

- 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

Admission Details
  • 2003, Minnesota
  • 2005, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • William Mitchell College of Law, Class of 2003, J.D.
  • South Dakota State University, Class of 2000, B.S.
  • Top 40 under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers (one of the Top 40 trial lawyers under 40 years of age)
  • Super Lawyers (2021 - 2023)
  • Rising Star (2011-2018)
Associations & Memberships
  • 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

Contact the Firm


Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.


20856 Holyoke Avenue,
P.O. Box 369,
Lakeville, Minnesota 55044