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, intellectual property, and commercial disputes and is trusted counsel to franchisors and master franchisees in the automotive, grocery, hotel, real estate, and restaurant industries.  John possesses extensive knowledge pertaining to intellectual property issues, including the procurement and licensing of trademarks.

Advising both domestic and international clients, John has significant experience with franchise and master franchise agreements, franchise disclosure documents, regulatory compliance, franchise advisory boards and franchisee associations, and franchise transactions that include workouts and the purchases and sales of franchise networks.  A significant portion of his practice is dedicated to providing strategic advice on complex franchise defaults and disputes, enforcements, and terminations, including automobile dealership disputes and proceedings under the National Automobile Dealer Arbitration Program.

John has been recognized by Chambers Canada, LEXPERT, Who’s Who Legal, and Best Lawyers Canada directories 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.


t: 416.977.3998
f: 416.977.0717

Assistant: Sandra Deek
t: 416.977.5333 x 328
f: 416.977.0717

Bar Admission

Ontario, 2000


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

  • Ranked in Chambers Canada 2017 for franchising
  • Listed in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory as “consistently recommended” (2013-2018)
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada (2013-2017) as a leading Canadian franchise law practitioner
  • Consistently listed in  Best Lawyersin Canada
  • Named “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times magazine, 2013-2018, 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.
  • Should you trade-mark your logo, name, or both?Sotos LLP Blog (December 2017)

Articles and Appearances


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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