CANADIANS OF HELLENIC DESCENT IN THE LEGAL PROFESSIONS
IN THE EDMONTON REGION

 

Compiled by Dr. Athanasios Tavouktsoglou,
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Acknowledgement: The introduction and historical notes were contributed by His Honour, Judge (retired) Dean Saks.

 

The following persons (alphabetically) of Hellenic descent have served as judges in the Edmonton area:
a) Judges of the Provincial Court of Alberta (Provincially appointed)

  1. Judge James CAMPBELL (+2005)
  2. Judge Tom CHANAKOS (+)
  3. Judge James DIMOS (+2016)
  4. Judge Dean SAKS
  5. b) Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories
  6. Judge Dean SAKS, Deputy Territorial Judge
  7. c) Court of Queen’s Bench (Federally appointed)
  8. Justice John AGRIOS (+2019)
  9. Justice William (Demitrius) James GIRGULIS (+)

 

Historical Notes:

  • Dean Saks, James Campbell and James Dimos, all World War II veterans, were classmates at the University of Alberta, graduating with law degrees in 1951.
  • Dean Saks and James Campbell started a law practice named “Saks and Campbell”. They were later joined Lucien Maynard as the firm “Maynard, Saks and Campbell”. James Dimos later joined the same firm, which became “Maynard, Saks, Campbell and Dimos”.
  • Dean Saks, James Dimos and Lucien Maynard were each appointed Queen’s Counsel.
    http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=913609
  • Dean Saks was appointed to the Bench in 1970. James Dimos and James Campbell were appointed judges at later dates. Eventually all members of the firm became judges.
  • Judge Tom Chanakos was a former RCMP officer who was appointed and presided in the Provincial Court Rural Circuit.

 

There are currently (2020) several lawyers of Hellenic descent from the Edmonton area. The following list (in alphabetical order) may be incomplete:

  1. AGRIOS, Jack, Nicholas, OC, QC
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Agrios
  2. AGRIOS, Janice A. QC
    https://www.lexpert.ca/directory/lawyer-profile/kennedy-agrios-llp-27603/janice-a-agrios-21672/
  3. CHRONOPOULOS, Dimitrios (Jim)
    https://ca.linkedin.com/in/dimitrios-jim-chronopoulos-37770830
  4. GIANNACOPOULOS – CARVALHO, Vicki
    https://www.lawyer.com/canada-vicki-giannacopoulos-ab.html
  5. KARVELLAS John D., QC
    https://www.lexpert.ca/ccca/practitioner/katz-group-of-companies-5286/john-d-karvellas-8064/
  6. PAPPAS, Sotiria M.
    https://www.lawyer.com/canada-sotiria-pappas.html
  7. VLAVIANOS, George M.
    Practicing in Doha, Qatar
    https://www.lawyers.com/canada/calgary/alberta/george-m-vlavianos-158799321-a/