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Lica Tomizuka collaborates with clients to form strategies, find solutions and advance business goals in all aspects of commercial real estate and finance.

Lica leads the firm's Minneapolis office.

Acquisitions, Dispositions and Development

Lica works with clients in commercial property acquisition, disposition and development transactions across the United States. She also works with regional and national real estate development companies, retailers and venture capital firms involved in the development of office buildings, multi-family residential buildings, hotels, multi-use facilities, industrial buildings, and other commercial buildings.

Real Estate Financing

Lica represents lenders and borrowers in various commercial financing transactions, including capital lease, mortgage and mezzanine financing transactions, including the financing of new development and redevelopment. Lica also advises clients in foreclosure and workout matters, as counsel for lender and borrower.

Real Estate Equity Investment

Lica assists clients in equity structuring and acquisitions and dispositions of commercial and multi-family residential properties nationwide.

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Representation of various civic groups in real estate matters

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • ICSC
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Minneapolis Downtown Council — Board of Directors, 2020-present (Executive Committee, 2020-present)
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice — Board of Directors, 2020-present (Co-Chair, 2022-24)
  • YMCA of the North  Board of Directors, 2018-present (Executive Committee, 2021-present)
  • Cookie Cart Board of Directors, 2017-2020
  • The College Preparatory School — Advisory Council, 2017-present
  • YMCA Camp du Nord — Community Board Member, 2017-2023
  • MacPhail Center for Music — Board of Directors, 2014-2023 (Secretary, 2019-21)
  • Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice — Alumni Advisory Board (President, 2012-present)
  • YouthCARE — Board of Directors, 2009-14 (Chair, 2013; Vice-Chair, 2010-11); Advisory Board, 2015-19 (Chair, 2015-17)
  • Free Arts Minnesota — Volunteer, 2009-11
  • University of Minnesota Women's Club Volleyball Team — Coach, 2003-09
  • U.S. Peace Corps (Zimbabwe) — Volunteer, 1997-99

Firm Leadership

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Office Leader, Minneapolis, 2024-present


  • Chambers USA — Minnesota, Real Estate, 2018-19, 2021-23
  • Best Lawyers®Commercial Finance Law, 2024; Real Estate Law, 2023-24
  • Hennepin County Bar Association Excellence Award Honoree, 2021 
  • American Bar Foundation — Fellow
  • Minnesota Lawyer — "Diversity and Inclusion" Honoree, 2020 
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers — Fellow 
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Award, 2021
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021; 2023
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014, 2018-19
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity — Fellow, 2013
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal — Diversity in Business Award, 2013
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Real Estate, 2018-21; Rising Star, 2008–15
  • Minnesota Lawyer — Up & Coming Attorney, 2010
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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