Our Mission

The Hellenic Lawyers Association of New York was founded to establish a network of attorneys of Hellenic descent and to provide opportunities for professional development. The association currently has over 800 contacts and members in the community including attorneys, judges and law students. Our goals are to expand our membership, provide resources to our members and strengthen the professional and social ties among our members. 

Events and Opportunities

HLA sponsors several Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the year which are available at reduced rates for members. The organization also sponsors or participates in various events throughout the year, beginning in January with the Traditional Cutting of the Vasilopita at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, followed by the HLA Kick Off Party. We participate in the Greek Independence Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City and the various events leading up to the parade. Each spring, we honor distinguished members of the judiciary at the HLA Judiciary Night.

Our year culminates with the annual HLA Dinner Gala in November, at which we honor a prominent attorney of Hellenic descent and also present the Attorney of the Year Award. Past honorees have include John Tsunis, Gold Coast Bank (2017), Nicholas Kourides, AIG (2016), Madeline Singas, Nassau County District Attorney (2015); George Venizelos, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI NY field office (2014); Spiros Maliagros, President TIG Advisors, LLC (2013);  Congressman John P. Sarbanes, Third Congressional District, Maryland (2010); George S. Canellos, Regional Director, Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Regional Office (2009); the Honorable Michael A. Chagares, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (2008); and the Honorable Kenneth M. Karas, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York (2007). Previous recipients of the Attorney of the Year Award have included Nicholas G. Karambelas, Sfikas & Karambelas, LLP (2015); Anastasia Danias, Senior VP & Chief Litigation Officer, National Football League (2014); Charles Capetanakis, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, LLP (2013); George A. Stamboulides, Managing Partner, Baker Hostetler, LLP (2010); John C. Stratakis, Managing Partner, Poles Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzales, LLP (2009); George A. Tsougarakis, Partner, Hughes Hubbard and Reed (2008); and Nicholas Papain, Partner, Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo (2007). The highlight of the event is the presentation of scholarships to law students of Hellenic descent, studying at New York area law schools.

The HLA is proud to support and to co-sponsor events with other Hellenic professional organizations, including the Hellenic-American Association of Professionals in Finance, The Hellenic Medical Society of New York, The Hellenic Professional Women, the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce and the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce.


Any member of the bar or law student is invited to become a member or join our mailing list, regardless of whether he or she is of Hellenic descent. We look forward to seeing you at our next event!