Family Law, Lawsuits Diversify Practice – Minnesota Lawyer



Last name: Ryan bies

Title: Shareholder, Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer

Education: BA, biology, Luther College; JD, University of Saint-Thomas

Ryan Bies, shareholder of Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills & Bauer in Apple Valley, benefits from a diverse practice that encompasses the practice of family law and his work as a deputy municipal lawyer in several southern metropolitan municipalities.

Family law is often emotional, cases can last over a year, and a lot of time is spent counseling clients and discussing how to resolve issues, Bies said.

In criminal proceedings, meanwhile, emotions are a bigger issue for the accused, usually resolve faster, and Bies largely decides how to handle the cases himself. He is one of the firm’s many family lawyers who also serve as prosecutors.

“I wanted to work in a very diverse field, and family law certainly has it,” Bies said. “I am comfortable with a lot of variety. So maybe doing something that doesn’t have a lot of overlap, like criminal prosecution, allows me to be a little more adept at handling this.

Q. What’s the best way to start a conversation with you?

A. I’m an introvert, so the easiest way to start a conversation is to start talking about something I’m interested in, like fly fishing or soccer. I also like to talk to people about things they are passionate about.

Q. What prompted you to study law and pursue it professionally?

A. I had been out of college for about three or two and a half years and was not happy to work in the sale of medical products. I always felt I was going to go back to school but I was looking for which degree would give me a lot of leeway. I finally decided that a law degree would open a lot of different doors. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with my law degree, but I figured getting a law degree would be the best way to keep my options open.

Q. What books are on your bedside table or your e-reader?

A. I’m going to read “A Death in Eden” by Keith McCafferty. He’s writing a series about a private investigator in the Madison River Valley in Montana, where I fly fishing. I also like future science fiction books. I also just finished “Split Second”, a science fiction novel.

Q. Who is your pet peeve?

A. I really don’t like it when people drive slowly in the left lane. It’s common around here.

Q. What are your favorite aspects of being a lawyer?

A. I like helping people solve problems. I have always been a problem solver.

Q. The least favorite?

A. My least favorite is when other lawyers try to make things personal between lawyers. It doesn’t happen often, but it does, and I don’t like that part of the job.

Q. What is your favorite activity outside of your job?

A. I like fly fishing. I like to attend sporting events. My favorite thing to do is probably ride a bike with the kids and go down to a park or take them camping in one of the parks where you can hike.

Q. If someone visits you in your hometown, what would you take them to see or do?

A. I should probably take them to Falls Park. There is a lot to do in Sioux Falls, but that’s probably the only thing if you go there once you should go see Falls Park. There are a lot more small businesses around downtown and leading up to Falls Park now.

Q. What misconceptions do people have about working as a lawyer?

A. The biggest misconception that I come across with my friends, family and acquaintances is that a lot of them think the law is really black and white, when there is a lot more gray than people who don’t work in the legal profession don’t realize it. There are a lot of nuances to this, and sometimes there aren’t a lot of really clear answers. I like the gray area. If everything was black and white, people wouldn’t need avocados, so it’s good to have gray.

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