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Biography

George D. Cholakis, a criminal defense attorney practicing in Miami, Florida, served as a prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office for over 17 years. He brings extensive expertise in investigations, trial work, and criminal prosecutions to each case he undertakes. Having left the State Attorney's office and entered private practice, George specializes in criminal law and public sector labor law.

George's background as a prosecutor and government employee, coupled with a personal encounter with the criminal justice system, gives him a unique perspective and empathy for the predicaments his clients face. He understands what if feels like to face criminal charges, pending discipline, or a loss of a career. He also thinks like a prosecutor, giving him an advantage when defending clients against serious criminal charges.

During his time at the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, George handled cases involving juvenile crimes, felonies, gangs, narcotics, robberies, homicides and organized crime.

George is also passionate about his community. He served on the board of directors of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral for 15 years and chaired and organized the Greek Cultural Festival for 10 years. He currently is a member of the board of directors for the Miami Beach Police Athletic League (PAL). George was also involved with the Hurricane Andrew Relief Effort and Habitat for Humanity.

If you're facing public sector discipline or termination or have been accused of a crime, contact the Law Office of George D. Cholakis today for a serious defense based on knowledge and both professional and personal experience.

Personal

  • Born Troy, New York
  • Grandparents George Nicholas Cholakis and Katina Dukas Cholakis George John Michaelides and Panayota Ermides Michaelides
  • Parents Constantine G. Cholakis and Despina Cholakis
  • Siblings Catherine Cholakis and Gregory Cholakis
  • Resides Miami Beach, Florida
  • College: St Michael's College, Winooski, Vermont. (1978-1982)
  • Law School: St Thomas Law School, Miami, Florida (1986-1989)
  • Married Linda Cooper, Brooklyn, New York (2003)

Professional

  • Assistant State Attorney / Hon. Janet Reno (1989 -1993)
  • Assistant State Attorney / Hon. Katherine Fernandez Rundle (1993-2007)
  • NFL Players Association contract adviser (2006-2008)
  • Law Practice / (2010)

Community Service

  • St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Miami, Florida
    Board of Directors (1995-2009)
    Cultural Festival Chair (1999-2009)
  • Miami Beach Police Athletic League
    Board of Directors (2012 - present)
  • Hurricane Andrew relief / State Attorney Office & Miami Beach Police Department (1992)
  • Habitat for Humanity / Jordan Commons / St Andrews Greek Orthodox church
  • Miami Dade Drug Court / 20th anniversary (2009)

A Note from George D. Cholakis

All trial lawyers discuss with prospective jurors how one's life experiences influence them and become integrated into their lives and beliefs. I say with authority that we are a product of our upbringings and life experiences. We learn and grow from our experiences, accomplishments, and mistakes. I have learned from mine.

In December 31, 2006, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident where two occupants of a motor scooter were seriously injured. I was arrested, charged with a crime, and prosecuted. My career as a prosecutor ended. My law license was suspended. My life changed.

So, yes, I understand what it is like to be prosecuted. I have an extremely unique perspective and sensitivity to issues facing those criminally charged and/or the issues facing government employees who are disciplined or terminated. To those employees, it isn’t just the loss of a job but the end of a career. It also impacts an employee’s pension or pension eligibility. I have an insight and perspective that others do not.

We are all products of our life experiences. What we learn from those experiences and how they change us is how we distinguish ourselves from others.

Professional and Community Services Recognition

The Archangel Michael Honors Recognition

State Attorney certificate of appreciation.

Drug Court 20th anniversary recognition

Plaque presented by the family of victim, Cynthia Brown

STATE ATTORNEY OFFICE (CLASS OF 1989)