John Kokolakis earned his undergraduate degree from Queens College and his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in all the State Courts of New York, as well as the Federal District Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He is also admitted to the Connecticut bar.
Mr. Kokolakis is a former management auditor and community associate to the City of New York. While conducting performance audits of city agencies and private contractors contracted by the City, he learned to pay attention to detail.
His position as a legislative Aid to a New York Senator allowed him at an early age to research, analyze and draft state legislation. He represented the Senator at political functions and in various committees. Further, he responded and addressed concerns from constituents. His attention to detail and his ability to negotiate and offer compromise allowed him to serve those positions well.
Mr. Kokolakis has many years of experience with all forms of business and real estate transactions. His representation includes a wide range of business sales from the sale of businesses such as restaurants to dental practices in addition to representing buyers and sellers of residential and commercial properties.
Further, Mr. Kokolakis, as a business lawyer, has the experience to draft documents and counsel clients in the formation of their limited liability companies, corporations, corporate and individual ventures and Sole Proprietorships. This experience includes the handling of: certificates of incorporation; Shareholder Agreements; Buy-Sell Agreements; Operating Agreements; Security Agreements; Promissory Notes; Employment Agreements; Non-compete Agreements; Non-disclosure Agreements; Contracts; Leases; Corporate Minutes for Meetings of the Board of Directors and Stockholders. Mr. Kokolakis goes beyond just drafting documents. He prides himself on being a trusted advisor to his clients.
John Kokolakis takes special pleasure in representing the first time home buyer. He understands the excitement and anxiety that tend to overwhelm a first time home buyer. Mr. Kokolakis takes the time to meet with his clients and explain the entire home buying process with an ear towards helping them meet their ultimate goals as he holds their hand during the entire process.
Mr. Kokolakis advises his clients through good times and bad times. He understands that sometimes a fresh start is needed. His experience in handling bankruptcies allows him to determine if bankruptcy is a viable option for his clients. Bankruptcy allows those in need to gain a fresh financial start by eliminating their debt and allowing them to keep their exempt assets. John Kokolakis takes pride in providing personalized attention as he takes the time to get to know each of his clients and answers any questions or concerns they might have.
Understanding the essential and intricate role immigrants have in our society both individually and as head of businesses Mr. Kokolakis, early on in his career, took all efforts to assure that his clients became permanent residences and citizens as they provided positive contributions to our society.
Mr. Kokolakis vigorously attends continuing legal education seminars and programs each year covering various aspects of the practice in order to maintain his skills and keep up with the latest changes in the law. In addition, he has many hours of self-study each year from various legal publications and periodicals per year.
Mr. Kokolakis has spoken at several public seminars open to all with an interest in immigration law including Seminars sponsored by the Federation of Hellenic Societies, Cretan Association, Omonoia and The State of New York. John Kokolakis is often available as a guest speaker. Kindly call the office to discuss scheduling him at your next event.
He is committed to providing exceptional professional services, while focusing on the needs unique to each individual client.
Mr. Kokolakis believes in giving back to the community, which he does by handling pro bono cases and by sitting as an arbitrator in small claims court, a pro bono position.
Our mission here at The Kokolakis Law Firm is to add value to our clients lives by helping them achieve their goals; solve their problems and assist in capturing their opportunities.
Of course, we, as well as other attorneys, help our clients start, sell, buy and even manage their businesses or buy or sell commercial and residential properties and other legal services but we do not stop there. We make sure to add that extra something that goes above and beyond just drafting a contract or advising on the law.
This extra something is what we call value. Sure, the law is important but our clients see it only as a means to an end. We strive to have our clients feel the value we provide; realize the benefits of our services. Sometimes this means we act as legal counselors and other times as business advisors but at all times we are attorneys with a strong understanding of the law and how it applies to our clients needs.
We understand that at times our clients care not about the law but about their unique business, their families and their problems and we adapt accordingly. We make sure that every one of our clients receives the special attention they deserve. This comes with truly caring as we service our clients. You aren’t just another case file but rather a new member of our family.
Simply put, it’s all about an experience; one that has no equal. It’s different. Join us and experience our difference. Call to schedule your personal strategy session today!