The Hon. Dimitrios A. Hadjis, an immigrant from Greece, opened his law practice in downtown Montreal after obtaining a Master's degree in Air and Space Law from McGill University's Faculty of Law.
Dimitrios was joined by Me James S. Feng, and the two young lawyers formed a nominal partnership under the name Hadjis & Feng. Their knowledge of the Greek and Chinese languages enabled them to serve these rapidly growing — and legally underrepresented — ethnic communities in the fields of general civil litigation,family and immigration law.
The firm was joined by Dimitrios' younger brother, Me Evangelos A. Hadjis, who completed his Civil Law degree at the University of Sherbrooke. Evangelos also practised immigration, commercial and family law.
In 1972, Dimitrios was appointed to the Court of Quebec as a judge in the Youth Division. He served in the position until his retirement in 1986.
The 1960's and 1970's were characterized by an extensive emigration occurring in Greece to Montreal. For the next several years, Evangelos expanded the firm by serving the needs of the Greek community as it was establishing its cultural and economic identity. His extensive knowledge of the numerous fields of law allowed him to serve his fellow Greek-Canadians in many aspects of their lives.
1980 to 2000
As the firm established its reputation within the Greek community, its clientele expanded and it began to render services to many other non-Hellenic communities in the Montreal region.
Evangelos' efforts at Hadjis & Feng created great opportunities for other young lawyers who began their careers in the firm. The standard for all associates was to continue the commitment to providing professional services while maintaining a humane and personal approach to conflict resolution. The standard was met, and this new generation continued on to successful careers in both government (Crown Prosecutor's office in Quebec; Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Ottawa) and the private sector.
Evangelos' daughter, Me Calliope Hadjis, officially joined the firm as an associate lawyer after spending seven years as a law clerk for Hadjis & Feng. Calliope's profile and contributions are outlined below.
Me Feng retired from his practice. Shortly thereafter, Me Demetrios E. Hadjis, son of Evangelos, joined the firm which was renamed Hadjis & Hadjis.
In April 2005, the Honourable Justice Dimitrios A. Hadjis passed away peacefully in his 90th year. Later that year, in September, Me Evangelos A. Hadjis passed away in his late sixties from cancer.
The brothers' combined work, spanning over four decades, left a lasting impact on the Montreal community,such that each was honoured with a statement in the Canadian House of Commons following their respective passing. (Read here: Dimitrios / Evangelos).
Despite the tragic loss of their father, Calliope and Demetrios resolved to continue operating as Hadjis & Hadjis while adhering to the firm's guiding principles and values.
After 10 years of working together in the private sector, the team of Hadjis & Hadjis underwent a new transition in which the firm was continued under Calliope Hadjis, while Demetrios moved to a corporate environment and pursued his growing interest in law and technology.
Though the passing years have brought change to the Montreal community and the Hadjis legal practice, the firm's reputation for professionalism and its humane approach to conflict resolution has remained a standard in the field of law throughout the decades, from generation to generation.