Sofia E. Lykke

Sofia E. Lykke

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sofia Lykke is a shareholder at Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, practicing in the area of public finance, with particular focus on governmental bonds, conduit bonds, school district financing, and economic development. 

Sofia emigrated from the Philippines as a preschooler to Saint Paul, Minnesota.  During college, Sofia studied abroad for one year at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.  Sofia graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota, with a B.A. in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature.  Sofia first joined Kennedy & Graven, Chartered in 2004 as a bond paralegal.  In 2007, she left the firm to attend law school.  Sofia received her law degree in 2010 from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, where she was a member and later an assistant editor for the William Mitchell Law Review, and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Gordon W. Shumaker, Minnesota Court of Appeals.  Sofia spent summers during law school clerking at Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. and worked there as a litigation associate for nearly five years.  Sofia rejoined the bond department at Kennedy & Graven in 2015.

Since returning to Kennedy & Graven, Sofia has acted as bond counsel to a variety of counties, cities, and townships in general obligation bond transactions and conduit revenue bond transactions, including those providing for the financing of senior housing facilities, affordable housing facilities, and charter schools and other educational facilities, as well as tax increment revenue bond transactions. Sofia has also acted as bond counsel to school districts in school building bond transactions and other forms of school financing including lease-purchase transactions, and has advised school districts regarding referendum questions. In addition, Sofia has acted as counsel to economic development authorities and housing and redevelopment authorities in connection with municipal economic development and redevelopment.

Sofia lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two sons.  Her interests include cooking, youth sports, including hockey, baseball, and soccer, and travel.


Areas of Practice

  • Public Finance

Past Employment Positions

  • Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, Bond Paralegal, 2004 - 2007
  • Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., Summer Associate 2008 and 2009
  • Honorable Gordon W. Shumaker, Minnesota Court of Appeals, Judicial Extern, 2009 - 2010
  • Tubman, Student Extern/Legal Advocate and Certified Student Attorney
  • Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., Commercial Litigation Associate, 2010 - 2015


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Law Review: William Mitchell Law Review, Assistant Editor, 2009 - 2010
    • Law Review: William Mitchell Law Review, Member, 2008 - 2009
  • University of Minnesota
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2000
    • Major: Cultural Studies/Comparative Literature
  • University of Amsterdam - 1999
    • Major: European Studies/Comparative Literature

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2010
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member
  • Minnesota Women's Lawyer's Association, Member

Honors and Awards

  • Minnesota State Bar Association North Star Lawyer, 2013 and 2014