John Georgakopoulos


Certified Specialist in Environmental Law by The Law Society of Ontario

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John Georgakopoulos devises focused strategies to resolve complex environmental legal issues for clients.

John was formerly a scientist with Ontario’s environmental regulator. He uses his extensive technical knowledge and environmental legal experience to create clear and actionable plans to achieve clients’ objectives.

John has significant experience advising clients on various environmental legal issues including environmental aspects of corporate commercial and real estate transactions, contaminated site and brownfield redevelopment, environmental risk and liability management, environmental due diligence, regulatory approvals and compliance, air emissions, noise and odour management, greenhouse gases, carbon trading and climate change disclosure, the import and export of products, engines and chemical substances, environmental insurance, and environmental litigation.

His diverse client base includes industrial manufacturers, waste management companies, agricultural businesses, property developers and real estate investment trusts (REITs), lenders, insurers, and municipalities.

John assists clients with regulatory inspections and investigations, provides strategic advice to help clients maintain compliance with environmental laws, and negotiates resolutions with regulators on behalf of clients. John litigates environmental claims, including defence of environmental prosecutions, administrative appeals and hearings, and environmental civil litigation.

John is recognized as a leading environmental law practitioner in Canada and is a Certified Specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Ontario. He is a repeatedly recommended Leading Lawyer by Lexpert in environmental law and is acknowledged by his peers by being named to the Best Lawyers in Canada for environmental law.


  • Certified as a Specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Ontario (2016)
  • Called to the bar of Alberta (2013)
  • Called to the bar of Ontario (2008)
  • LL.B., University of Ottawa (2007)
  • M.Sc., Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Toronto (1999)
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), Environmental Science and Management, University of Toronto (1997)


  • Canadian Brownfields Network—member (2015-)
  • Air & Waste Management Association—Board Member, Ontario Section (2011-)
  • Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association—Vice President and Board Member (2009-)
  • Ontario Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association—member (2008-)
  • Law Society of Ontario—member