Preview -  John Yiokaris

Practice Focus

John is a partner in our corporate and commercial department.  He practices business law with a specific focus on franchising, licensing, intellectual property, and commercial disputes and is trusted counsel to clients across a broad range of industries including automotive, grocery, hotel, real estate, and restaurant.  John possesses extensive knowledge pertaining to intellectual property issues, including the procurement, licensing, and assignment of trademarks.

Advising both domestic and international clients, John has significant experience on franchise and master franchise agreements, franchise disclosure documents, regulatory compliance, and franchise transactions that include workouts and the purchases and sales of franchise networks.  His expertise includes all matters related to franchise advisory boards and franchisee associations. He also regularly provides advice on franchise defaults, enforcements, and terminations.

John is recognized in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory as “repeatedly recommended” (2013-2016) as well as in Who’s Who Legal: Canada (2013-2016) as a leading Canadian franchise law practitioner.  He is a regular speaker and contributor to industry and professional conferences and publications including the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Franchise Association, and the International Franchise Association.

Contact

t: 416.977.3998
f: 416.977.0717
e: jyiokaris@sotosllp.com

Assistant: Sandra Deek
t: 416.977.5333 x 328
f: 416.977.0717
e: sdeek@sotosllp.com

Bar Admission

Ontario, 2000

Education

Juris Doctor (J.D.), Osgoode Hall Law School, 1997
Masters of International and Comparative Law (Magna Cum Laude), Stockholm University, 2000
Registered Trade Mark Agent

Peer Recognition

  • Listed in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory as “repeatedly recommended” (2013-2016)
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada (2013-2016) as a leading Canadian franchise law practitioner
  • Consistently listed in  Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Named “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times magazine, 2013-2017, Top Franchise Lawyers in North America

Publications and Seminars

  • Regularly contributes to industry and professional publications including the Canadian Franchise Association and the Ontario Bar Association
  • Regular presenter at conferences for such organizations as the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Franchise Association, and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade for the Government of Ontario.

Articles and Appearances

Specialties

Practice Areas

Professional Associations

  • Executive member, Legal and Legislative Committee of the Canadian Franchise Association (current)
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
  • Canadian Franchise Association
  • International Franchise Association
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Honorary Director, Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association
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