John Yiokaris

John Yiokaris

Sotos LLP

Recognized since 2015

Toronto, Ontario

Practice Areas

Franchise Law

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John Yiokaris is a partner at Sotos LLP. He leads our firm’s automotive sector practice, drawing on his considerable experience working as lead counsel for one of Canada’s largest automotive manufacturers and numerous dealers. In addition to handling dealer development matters, he has acted in automobile dealership disputes and in proceedings under the National Automobile Dealer Arbitration Program.

John also leads our trademark practice as a registered trademark agent and has extensive knowledge of intellectual property issues, and regularly acts in the procurement and licensing of trademarks. He is also an experienced practitioner in the restaurant, grocery, hotel, real estate and professional services sectors, advising businesses at every stage of franchising system development. John has particular expertise in the work out of distressed franchisees and in structuring transfers in the best interests of the franchise system. A significant portion of John’s practice is dedicated to providing strategic commercial advice on complex franchise defaults and disputes, enforcements, and terminations. John serves as co-managing partner of our firm.


  • 180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1200
    Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8


  • English
  • Greek

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, Ontario, 2000


  • American Bar Association – Forum on Franchising - Member
  • Canadian Bar Association - Member
  • Canadian Franchise Association - Member
  • Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association - Honorary Director
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada - Member
  • International Franchise Association - Member
  • Law Society of Ontario - Member
  • Legal and Legislative Committee of the Canadian Franchise Association - Executive Member

Sotos LLP
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario

8 The Best Lawyers in Canada awards

1 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada awards

Full Firm Profile

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 for work in:

  • Franchise Law


  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada Franchise (2013 – 2020)
  • Named “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times Magazine (2013 – 2020)
  • Listed in Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory – Franchise (2013 – 2020)
  • Consistently listed in Best Lawyers in Canada (2015 – 2021)
  • Ranked in Chambers Canada – Franchising (2019-2021)
  • Awarded the Lexology 2019 Client Choice Award for Franchising in Ontario

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