John Israel Galambos’ main areas of practice include corporate and individual taxation and tax planning, estate planning, wills, trusts, corporate reorganizations, and asset protection.
John Israel regularly advises on a wide range of tax issues, including asset and share transactions, shareholders’ agreements, and employee stock option plans. His clients include private companies, high net worth individuals, public institutions, private foundations, charities, and not-for-profit organizations.
He is frequently called upon to represent taxpayers in disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency and Revenu Québec, including voluntary disclosures.
Prior to joining Miller Thomson, John Israel practised within the tax group of two major legal firms for more than 10 years.
Professional achievements & leadership
- Lexpert, “Corporate Lawyers to Watch” Category in 2016 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
- Recipient, Lexpert Zenith Award: Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility, recognition of pro-bono work, 2011
- Recipient, Stikeman Elliott / Carswell National Tax Award Prize, 2003
- Co-lecturer of the International Tax Course and Tax Practice Seminar at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, 2013 – present
- Lecturer of the Taxation of Domestic Family Trusts course offered by the Quebec CPA Order, 2014 – present
- Lecturer, Canadian Association of Paralegals Annual Conference (2013 and 2017), Trusts: Legal, Commercial and Tax Issues
- Member of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee (Secretary), JPPS-Bialik, 2016 – present
- Member of the Employees’ Pension Committee, Federation CJA, 2012 – present
- Canadian Tax Foundation (CTF)
- Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF)
- Lord Reading Law Society
- Jewish Chamber of Commerce
Bar admissions & education
- Quebec Bar, 2005
- Juris Doctor in Common Law (J.D.), Osgoode Hall Law School, 2004
- Bachelor of Laws, Civil Law (LL.B.), Université de Montréal, 2003
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology, McGill University, 1997