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.

If you are an Archon and want to become involved in the Archon Engagement Committees, please contact Chairman Archon Stephen Georgeson.

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The Hon. Steven G. Counelis, J.D.


San Francisco

October 31, 2021

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.

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.

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

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