Anthony R. Licata joined Shefsky & Froelich in 1995 after more than 15 years of practice as a real estate and venture capital attorney and as general counsel to a real estate developer. He was named Chief Operating Officer of the firm in 1998 and is responsible for all day-to-day management of the firm.
Tony also serves as the Department Head for the firm’s Real Estate Group, which in the past five years has handled transactions with an aggregate dollar value in excess of $3 billion. His practice focuses on major commercial real estate transactions and on private equity venture capital matters.
In addition to his professional practice, Tony is a principal in numerous private real estate investments.
Tony entered the practice of law as an associate with Sidley & Austin in 1979, concentrating in real estate. In 1984, he became Vice President and General Counsel of The Broadacre Companies, a real estate developer with offices in Chicago and San Francisco, while remaining Of Counsel to Sidley & Austin with an active practice in real estate and venture capital matters. In 1989, as part of a reorganization of The Broadacre Companies, Tony became the President of Broadacre Partners, Inc., with responsibility for the management of the North Pier Chicago mixed-use development. In 1992, he returned to Sidley & Austin as a partner, before joining Shefsky & Froelich in 1995.
JD, 1979, Harvard Law School, cum laude
BS, 1976, MacMurray College, Political Science, summa cum laude
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AFFILIATIONS
Tony holds leadership positions in a wide range of civic, professional, public service, and corporate organizations. His primary activities include the following:
Lane Industries, Inc.
- Member, Board of Directors, 2010–present
J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University
- Adjunct Professor, 1989–present
Illinois Institute of Technology
- Adjunct Professor, 2009–present
Illinois Capital Development Board
- Chair, 2003–2011
Highland Park Plan Commission
- Member, 1996–2004
- Vice Chair, 2002–2003
- Chair, 2003–2004
Highland Park Housing Commission
- Member, 2005–2008
- Chair, 2006–2008
Highland Park United Way
- Board of Directors
- Secretary, 2007
Kohl Children’s Museum
- Member, Board of Trustees, 1999-2009
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
- Member, Board of Directors, 2001–present
Partnership for a Connected Illinois, Inc.
- Chairman, Audit Committee
- Member, Executive Committee
International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Real Estate
Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land economics society
DB Aviation, Inc., Waukegan, Illinois
- Member, Board of Directors, 2000–present
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois
- Member, Board of Directors, 1988–1997
Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council
- Member, Board of Directors, 1994–2000
- Member, Board of Directors, 1988–1997
- Member, Board of Trustees, 1990–1998
- Vice Chair, 1994–1995
- Member, Finance Committee, Executive Committee, Committee on Management Information System Acquisition
Tony has been awarded an AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability. He is a member of the Leading Lawyers Network and was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list. In addition, for the past ten years, Tony has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Tony is also ranked as a top lawyer in the area of Real Estate–Zoning and Land Use in the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS
“Personal Guarantees: A Philosophical Perspective,” Real Estate Review, Spring 1990.
“Evaluating Deals: Watching the Cash Flow,” Probate and Property, Fall 1987.
“2149 Lincoln Park West: Bad News for Mortgage Lenders,” 63 Chicago Bar Record, July 1981.
“Variable Rate Mortgages Under the Illinois Usury Law,” 62 Chicago Bar Record, June 1981.
“Problems of Interest and Usury,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1979.
“Zero Base Sunset Review,” 24 Harvard Journal on Legislation, April 1977.
Tony has lectured at Continuing Legal Education Seminars on Land Use Law (January 2003) and on Commercial Real Estate Leases (September 2002).
ORIX Corporation: various commercial transactions
American Medical Association: Anchor Office Lease at Union Station, Chicago, IL
Commonwealth Edison Company: Block 37 Development, Chicago, IL
Millennium Park Joint Venture: Development of the Park Grill in Millennium Park, Chicago, IL