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Anthony R. Licata
Partner-in-Charge

Ranked by Super Lawyers

ANTHONY R. LICATA is the Partner-in-Charge of Taft's Chicago office and is chair of the firm's Administration Committee. Tony focuses his practice on private equity venture capital matters and on major commercial real estate transactions.

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, where he was Chief Operating Officer prior to the merger with Taft.

Tony holds leadership positions in a wide range of civic, professional, public service and corporate organizations. He was awarded an AV Preeminent 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, Tony has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate Law from 1999-2017. Tony is also ranked as a top lawyer in the area of Real Estate–Zoning and Land Use in the 2008-2014 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is a frequent speaker and has often lectured at Continuing Legal Education Seminars on Land Use Law and on Commercial Real Estate Leases.

Tony received his B.S., summa cum laude, from MacMurray College and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Recent Representations

  • Tishman Hotels:  various hotel investments in Chicago, IL
  • Pizzuti Co.: Major industrial warehouse developments in Suburban Chicago, IL
  • J.P. Morgan Chase Pension Advisory Group:  Aqua Residential/Hotel Development in Chicago, IL, and the New City mixed-use development
  • D.P. Fox:  Acquisition and development of new Ford Dealership serving downtown Chicago market

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:

  • Westminster Funds Advisory Board:  investment funds holding $600 million in assets nationwide, 2010–present
  • Lane Industries, Inc., family holding company owning hotels, office, and agricultural properties
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2010–present
  • J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University
    • Adjunct Professor, 1989–2011
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
    • Adjunct Professor, 2009–present
  • Partnership for a Connected Illinois, Inc., 2009–present
    • Treasurer
    • Chairman, Audit Committee
    • Member, Executive Committee
  • 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; 2012–present
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
    • Member, 2001–present
  • International Association of Attorneys and Executives in Real Estate, Member
  • Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land economics society, Member
  • DB Aviation, Inc., Waukegan, Illinois
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2000–2011
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois
    • Member, Board of Directors, 1988–1997
  • Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council
    • Member, Board of Directors, 1994–2000
  • McClier Corporation
    • Member, Board of Directors, 1988–1997
  • Midwestern University
    • Member, Board of Trustees, 1990–1998
    • Vice Chair, 1994–1995
    • Member, Finance Committee, Executive Committee, Committee on Management Information System Acquisition