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Attorney Stephen Hance

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Steve represents and advises clients that are dealing with business and real estate disputes. Steve is an investor and business owner, and his approach is unique from other attorneys. He appreciates the financial realities of conflict, and makes every effort to find a creative solution that makes business 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 500 companies over the course of his career, appearing in numerous federal and state trials. When it makes business sense to resolve a dispute, Steve finds a solution. When it does not, he has the skills and the resolve to take it to trial, where he almost always prevails. He applies the same skills, experience and record of success to the practice of family law.

Steve also has extensive experience representing and advising clients in business and real estate transactions. He 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.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D. Cum Laude, 1996;
  • University of Minnesota, B.A. Political Science, 1990.


  • Minnesota State Bar Association;
  • Ramsey County Bar Association;
  • Hennepin County Bar Association;
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association.


Steve 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 New Brighton, Minnesota and now lives in Minneapolis. He is married to Karin Munson and they have a son named Henrik. Steve's father Edward, who passed away in 1994, was also a prominent Twin Cities trial lawyer and real estate investor.

Steve attended Totino-Grace High School where he graduated in 1986. He spent two years living in Tokyo, Japan where he learned to speak conversational Japanese. He has a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is an avid fisherman, downhill skier and pool player. He also likes to scuba dive and golf.

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  • Land Title

    Land Title has used Steve Hance extensively for real estate litigation. Steve is hard working, knowledgeable, aggressive and he pays attention to detail. Plus, they have always been very fair and reasonable in terms of billing practices. I strongly endorse Steve Hance.
  • Represented in Federal Lawsuit

    “Steve represented me in a federal lawsuit that threatened the life of my company. He stood strong against well funded and determined opponents and he achieved a result that secured our future. I highly recommend Hance Law Firm for your legal needs.”
  • Former Business Shareholder

    The majority partner in my business attempted to shut me out of the business. After my first vacation in four years, I came back to a locked office door and a response that our relationship "needed to change." I told my business partner that changing the locks on the door meant that we had no rel...
  • Great Lawyer

    “Most people dislike lawyers, particularly when one is after them. However, when action needs to be taken whether defending or prosecuting in a professional loyal manner you are our man. Thank you for the years of great service and I know you will be successful in your endeavors to serve and prot...
  • C.J. Recommends Attorney Stephen Hance

    Stephen - Thank you for taking the time to talk to me. I really did appreciate your time, and took your advice. If I ever have any other concerns, for any other situation, I will be sure to hire you to be my lawyer.
  • Sound Advice

    “We turned to attorney Stephen Hance when our firm was confronted with a crisis that challenged its survival. Mr. Hance provided sound advice regarding the costs and benefits of litigation. He was thorough and aggressive in prosecuting our case. With his help, we were able to achieve a great resu...

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