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Michael J. Lokensgard

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Michael Lokensgard
Michael J. Lokensgard is a shareholder in the Firm's Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups in the firm's Appleton office. Mike counsels businesses and business owners with respect to formation, governance, contracts and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Mike regularly represents borrowers, lenders and underwriters in commercial loan and bond transactions.

Mike's real estate practice emphasizes the development, purchase, sale and leasing of healthcare, office, retail and industrial properties. Highlights of his recent work include the sale of a portfolio of medical office buildings consisting of over 225,000 square feet of space on two hospital campuses, and the acquisition of large manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Wisconsin. Mike also has considerable experience with tax-deferred exchanges of real estate, having structured a number of forward, reverse, improvement and multi-property exchanges for clients. 

Mike also regularly represents clients in zoning and land use matters. He has successfully obtained zoning permits and variances for a wide variety of activities, including the siting and construction of telecommunications facilities and non-metallic mining operations.

Prior to joining Godfrey & Kahn, Mike served for over five years as an attorney for a federally-recognized Indian tribe. Mike's practice was devoted to the unique legal issues involving business development and finance in Indian country, including matters relating to Indian gaming, on-reservation real estate development, and the complex jurisdictional relationships among tribal, state and federal governments, principally in the area of environmental law.

Representative Experience


Represented ThedaCare, Inc. in the $34,000,000 sale and subsequent partial leaseback of a portfolio of five medical office buildings located on two hospital campuses totaling, in the aggregate, 225,500 square feet of space.

Represented ThedaCare, Inc. in the acquisition of a 53 acre site in Appleton, Wisconsin for purposes of an ambulatory care center, and in the subsequent leasing and financing of the center.

Represented clients in the sale, purchase, leasing and/or financing of lots and buildings in Appleton's new Northeast Business Park.

Represented landlords in leases of office space to investment management firms, insurance agencies, utilities, governmental agencies and many other tenants.


Represented clients in the acquisition, development, redevelopment, expansion, leasing and ultimate sale of retail centers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Iowa.

Represented landlords in leases with TJ Maxx, Starbucks, Advance Auto Parts, Office Max, Best Buy, Gander Mountain, Tractor Supply Company, Petco, and other national and regional tenants.


Represented client in connection with the acquisition and financing of a 326,630 square foot manufacturing facility in Ohio. Financing was secured through the sale of $5,100,000 Variable Adjustable Rate Industrial Development Revenue Bonds.

Represented client in the acquisition and financing of a 200,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Little Chute, Wisconsin. Financing was secured through the sale of $6,040,000 Community Development Authority Variable Rate Demand Redevelopment Revenue Bonds.

Represented clients in connection with the acquisition and leasing of manufacturing and warehousing facilities in the printing and paper converting industries.


Represented Lawrence University of Wisconsin in connection with the financing of several projects, including new academic buildings, student housing facilities and a campus center, all financed through the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority.


Represented client in connection with the conversion of a northern Wisconsin resort to a 17 unit residential condominium.

Represented clients in the development of new office and mixed-use condominiums and in the conversion of existing buildings to office condominiums.


Telecommunications Facilities. Represented a telecommunications provider before various municipalities in connection with the provider's construction of a PCS network in the State of Wisconsin. Also represented numerous clients in the negotiation of leases, licenses and permits for telecommunications towers and roof and building mounted antennae.

Non-Metallic Mining. Represented clients in connection with the acquisition, permitting and reclamation of property for non-metallic mining operations.

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin - 1993

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
United States Supreme Court

Professional Associations

American Bar Association
National Association of College and University Attorneys
State Bar of Wisconsin


Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region – Director, Chair of the Investment Committee, Member, Executive and Governance Committees

Fox Valley Symphony – Director

Fox Valley Rowing Club – Director

State Bar of Wisconsin – Director, Business Law Section


Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1993

Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1990, cum laude

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