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The Archdiocese Is “Lawyering Up”…

EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): This is certainly no coincidence… As the federal investigators continue their work, the Archdiocese is hiring “top legal talent”, with an expertise in litigation, to see if they could find a way out of the mess they have put themselves into…  And on a similar note, a new ”St. Andrew Ecumenical Patriarchal Fund” was recently established, supposedly to send money to the Patriarchate… Don’t we already have two or three such funds? Then what exactly is the purpose of the new fund?  We put that question to several experienced lawyers and the unanimous answer is that it is simply a “legal fund”, it has a real “holy” purpose…
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Appoints George A. Tsougarakis as General Counsel

January 27, 2020

NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America today announced that attorney George A. Tsougarakis has joined the Archdiocese as General Counsel.  As the Archdiocese’s chief legal officer reporting directly to His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Mr. Tsougarakis will work closely with the Holy Eparchial Synod and Executive Committee of the Archdiocesan Council.

“The Archdiocese is going through a period of great revitalization. Having legal counsel as a permanent member of the Archdiocese’s executive staff will assist us in our ongoing mission to serve the Faithful with accountability, while promoting full compliance with the laws that govern us as a religious institution,” said His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, who assumed his role as leader of the Archdiocese in June 2019.  “George is uniquely qualified for this key role. He is an attorney of the highest caliber from one of the country’s most reputable law firms, and he is devoted to our Holy Orthodox Faith.  He is a lifelong member of the Church, a former Parish Council president of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint John the Theologian in Tenafly, NJ, and a member of the Order of Saint Andrew for his distinguished service to the Mother Church. We are excited to be working with him.”

Mr. Tsougarakis was formerly a litigation partner at the global law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where he spent more than 33 years advising some of the largest companies in the world on a wide variety of complex legal issues.  He will remain of counsel to Hughes Hubbard as he assumes his responsibilities at the Archdiocese.

Mr. Tsougarakis is equally excited about joining the Archdiocese: “For the next phase of my career, I have the rare opportunity as a lawyer to represent a client whose mission is personally very meaningful to me and one which I support entirely,” he said.  “I look forward to serving my faith and His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, for whom I have much respect and love. It will also be a privilege to work with the talented lawyers on the Archdiocesan Legal Committee, led by George A. Stamboulidis of BakerHostetler.”

Mr. Tsougarakis is a graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He is married to Evangelia M. Poneros, also a lawyer, and they have two children, Kira, 23 and a graduate of Barnard College, and Antonios, 21 and a graduate of Cornell University. They reside in Harlem.

The appointment is effective immediately.


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