Patriarchal Properties and Legal Issues Committee

This committee is responsible for dealing specifically with issues concerning patriarchal properties and also more broadly with general patriarchal legal issues.

Joseph J. Kokolakis

Vice Chair:
Theodore M. Kakoyiannis

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The Hon. Steven G. Counelis


San Francisco

October 31, 2021

A parishioner of Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Anaheim, California, the Hon. Steven G. Counelis was invested as an Archon by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on October 31, 2021 and conferred with the offikion Nomophylax.

Archon Hon. Counelis is Judge of the Superior Court of the State of California in the County of Riverside. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government, and with his Juris Doctor degree, from the University of San Francisco. As a college student, he served at the United States Supreme Court, in the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice. Prior to being elected to the Superior Court in 2010, he served as a Deputy District Attorney for seventeen years. He has also served in a number of parish leadership roles. In 2016 he was elected by the Metropolis Assembly to serve on the Metropolis Council, and has done so to the present. Archon Counelis and his wife Stacia have served as the Conference Advisors to the Young Adult League (YAL) Conference Ministry of the Metropolis of San Francisco since its renaissance in 2018, and continue to guide in the execution and planning of the annual Conference.

Harry Dimopoulos, Ph.D.



October 28, 2018

Anastasius Efstratiades, J.D.


New Jersey

October 19, 2014

Anastasius Efstratiades of the St. Thomas Church in Cherry Hill, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2014 and conferred with the offikion Hypomnematografos.

Archon Efstratiades has offered his legal services to his parish on a pro bono basis. He has also been influential in the formation of the New Jersey Federation of Hellenic Societies, of which he was the first president. The Federation is an umbrella body for lay organizations in the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey.

Archon Efstratiades is a practicing attorney.

Andrew J. Eliopulos


San Francisco

October 09, 2022

Theodore M. Kakoyiannis, JD


Direct Archdiocesan District

October 31, 2021

Demetrius Kalamaras


Direct Archdiocesan District

October 22, 2017

Demetrius G. Kalamaras of the Holy Cross Church in Brooklyn, NY, was invested as Archon in 2017 and conferred with the offikion Dikaiophylax. His family contributes to the Patriarchal Scholarship Fund.

Archon Kalamaras has served on the Board of the Incurable Illness Fund for the care and medical research of children afflicted with physical and mental handicaps and on the Board of the Institute of Incurable Illnesses in Sparta, Greece, where he works closely with Metropolitan Efstathios. He also has served as President and Board Member of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of New York.

Archon Kalamaras is an attorney.

Joseph J. Kokolakis, Esq.



October 31, 2020

Mr. Kokolakis, a member of Leadership 100, is an attorney who owns and manages a large national construction company employing hundreds of workers. In addition to his support of other Atlanta ministries, Mr. Kokolakis has offered critical support to the Atlanta Metropolis Diakonia Center and the Atlanta Metropolis summer camp for children.

Nikiforos Mathews, Esq.


Direct Archdiocesan District

November 01, 2009

Nikiforos Mathews, of Annunciation in Stamford, Connecticut, was invested as an Archon in 2009 by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and conferred with the offikion Ekdikos. He has served as a member and officer of the Parish Council at his parish.

Archon Mathews is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is a finance attorney and partner at the law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in New York City. He also served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp of the U.S. Army Reserve from 1999 - 2008 and was deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

George J. Razis, Esq.


Direct Archdiocesan District

October 31, 2020

For 50 years, Mr. Razis has represented, pro bono, the Archdiocese, many parishes in the New York City area, and the Sacred Patriarchal Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovolantou involving various legal issues, including appearances in courts and before other government agencies, avoiding in many instances protracted and expensive litigation.

Nicholas Tsapatsaris


New Jersey

October 26, 2008

Nicholas Tsapatsaris of St. Nicholas in Wyckoff, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2008 and conferred with the offikion Kastrinsios.

Archon Tsapatsaris has served as advisor to the Parish Council. He has also provided his services pro bono in connection with the acquisition and renovation of a new headquarters building for the Metropolis of New Jersey.

Archon Tsapatsaris is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS and MS in civil and structural engineering and of MIT with an MS in real estate. He is the president of his own company, which is engaged in providing architectural, engineering and construction consulting services.

Archon Tsapatsaris and his wife, Stacey, were married in 1997 and have three children.

George A. Tsougarakis, Esq.


New Jersey

October 16, 2011

George A. Tsougarakis, of St. John the Theologian Cathedral in Tenafly, NJ, was invested as Archon in 2011 and conferred with the offikion Dikaiophylax.

Archon Tsougarakis has served as an officer on the Parish Council, on the Education Committee and chaired the Outreach Committee.

Archon Tsougarakis, a practicing attorney in New York City, has represented—on a pro bono basis—the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Orthodox Monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou, in connection with various allegations.

Emmanuel Velivasakis


Direct Archdiocesan District

March 10, 2002

Theodore P. Vlahos, M.D.



October 22, 2006

Dr. Theodore P. Vlachos of the Holy Trinity Parish in Clearwater, FL, was invested as Archon in 10/22/2006 and conferred with the offikion Aktouarios. He has visited the Ecumenical Patriarchate many times, and he helped coordinate the visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Holy Metropolis of Atlanta.

Archon Vlachos has served as President of the Parish Council of Holy Trinity, on the Archdiocesan Council and on the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Metropolis Council.

Archon Vlachos is a specialist in orthopedics.

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