Mark C. Licata

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Mark Licata began his career as an attorney with Reynolds, Allen & Cook in Houston in 1976 after graduation from the University of Texas Law School. Reynolds, Allen & Cook was a mid-sized law firm in Houston, Texas (50+ lawyers) with a varied civil practice. Mr. Licata became a partner in 1980 and was placed in charge of the firm's corporate practice in 1982. While at Reynolds, Allen & Cook, Mr. Licata had a varied transactional practice, focusing on major capital transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, public and private offerings, as well as general corporate representation.

In 1985, Mr. Licata left Reynolds Allen & Cook to become President and Chief Operating Officer of Vista Host, Inc. Vista Host was a privately held company in the hotel development and management business with over 30 properties in 16 states. While with Vista Host, Mr. Licata was responsible for all development and administrative functions and participated in the development and construction of 11 hotels, including the $30 million Kansas City Marriott Hotel. In 1987, Mr. Licata, while serving as a member of the Board of Directors of McFaddin Ventures, was asked to join the management team as President and Chief Operating Officer. McFaddin Ventures was a publicly held company that operated 52 entertainment clubs in the United States. While at McFaddin Ventures, Mr. Licata was responsible for the company's restructuring efforts, including the reduction of corporate overhead, sale of unprofitable operations and restructuring of the company's senior and subordinated debt.

In 1989, Mr. Licata joined Looper, Reed & McGraw, a mid-sized law firm in Houston, Texas (50+ lawyers) in an of counsel position. Again, Mr. Licata's practice focused on real estate, major capital transactions and financings. Mr. Licata remained of counsel with Looper, Reed & McGraw until 1995.

In 1991, Mr. Licata, with a partner, acquired Goldking Oil & Gas Corp., a diversified oil and gas company. In 1995, Mr. Licata became President and Chief Operating Officer of Goldking Oil & Gas Corp. In addition, Mr. Licata served as President and CEO of Goldking Realty Corp., a subsidiary of Goldking Oil and Gas Corp. Goldking Oil & Gas Corp. was sold to Panaco, Inc. in 1997. Subsequent to the acquisition by Panaco, Mr. Licata served as Vice President, General Counsel and Director of Panaco until 1998.

In 1999, Mr. Licata returned to Looper, Reed & McGraw in an of counsel capacity where he continued the practice of law until he moved from Houston in June of 2003. From 2003 until 2006, Mr. Licata served as President and General Counsel of Goldking Realty Corp.

In 2006, Mr. Licata joined Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti to return to the practice of law and is focusing on real estate, corporate and transactional matters.  While at BHGR Mr. Licata has continued to focus on capital transactions, with a particular emphasis on lender motivated restructurings and workouts, along with real estate. Mr. Licata has 35 years of commercial real estate experience in acquisitions divestitures, leasing and redevelopment. Mr. Licata is a Certified Public Accountant.


  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1976; with Honors
  • B.B.A., University of Texas, 1972; with Highest Honors


  • Colorado, 2007
  • Texas, 1976

Professional Associations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas


  • University of Texas School of Law, with Honors
  • University of Texas, with Highest Honors