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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.

Ms. Appelhof practices exclusively in the area of family law. She is a strong and aggressive advocate for her clients. She has been named on the Super Lawyers Rising Star list for 7 years in a row. She ws 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 practice areas include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

Practice areas
  • Divorce
  • Contested divorce
  • Relocation
  • Division of Assets
  • Complex Asset Division
  • Division of Debts
  • Alimony/Spousal Maintenance
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Child Custody
  • Third party custody
  • Grandparent visitation
  • Parenting time/Visitation
  • Adoption
  • Paternity
  • Domestic abuse
  • Orders of Protection
  • Harassment Restraining Orders
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Child Protection
  • Post-decree Modifications
Bar admissions
  • Minnesota, 2003
  • United States District Court, 2005
Honors
  • 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, 2011-2017
Education
  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • 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  • Unpublished: Brian J. Peterson, d/b/a Brian J. Peterson, P.A. vs. Colleen Lenz, A04-374, December 7, 2004
Seminars
  • Tori Appelhof and Dana McKenzie: CLE discussing the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act and Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
Volunteer activities
  • Lewis House
  • Legal Assistance of Dakota County