Successful Greek-American Lawyer
By: David Bjorkgren, Senior Editor
Ever since she could talk, Agatha (Aggie) Mingos wanted to be a lawyer, so that she could speak for those that couldn’t speak for themselves.
Hard work and determination have given this daughter of Greek immigrants her wish. Aggie is a senior associate at the Manhattan-based law firm of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group, PLLC – a business-side law firm that just announced its expansion to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Greece.
Her specialty is commercial real estate, commercial litigation, and employment law.
Aggie Mingos grew up in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, and was a regular church-goer with her family at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Media, Pennsylvania.
The successful lawyer grew up learning Greek and English, and today has dual citizenship in Greece and the United States.
She still holds close to her heart the love of family and church that is part of her Greek heritage.
Likewise, her passion for justice still burns strong, now on behalf of her clients.
“You tend to meet clients when they have something stressful in their lives, or they are dealing with a tough situation that has presented itself. It’s rewarding to face that challenge with them and help them achieve a favorable result.”
Aggie Mingos earned a BA from Villanova University and went on to earn her JD at Widener University Delaware Law School.
While there, she had a judicial externship working with Justice Henry duPont Ridgely of the Delaware Supreme Court. Through her experience at the appellate court, she learned about different areas of law and how the Delaware Supreme Court has led the way for legal trends, particularly in the context of corporate governance.
Aggie followed that up with a two-year judicial clerkship with President Judge James T. Vaughn of the Delaware Superior Court, who is now a Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. As a judicial law clerk, she was exposed to all types of legal issues which are presented to a Court and which an attorney is faced with during their practice of law. She gained the remarkable and highly coveted experience of learning how to assess issues under a legal framework whilst also setting new precedent.
Those valuable court experiences and insights propelled her into her first law firm position at White and Williams LLP based in Wilmington, Delaware – the center of the universe for all things corporate law related.
From 2012 to 2015, while at White and Williams, Aggie practiced law in Delaware where she worked on commercial litigation, employment, and corporate bankruptcy matters.
From 2015 to 2019, Aggie shifted her practice to the neighboring states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and began working for an AmLaw 200 law firm, Dinsmore and Shohl LLP, based in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Aggie focused her practice on commercial real estate and developed the requisite skill set for handling real estate matters related to commercial mortgage-backed securities.
In 2018, Aggie decided to move to New York City, and soon after landed at Koutsoudakis & Iakovou.
Given her experience in BigLaw and her practice of law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, Aggie brings a unique skill set and level of experience to the firm’s expertise.
From the start, Aggie has propelled the firm’s business and commercial litigation practices, specifically because of the breadth of her geographic and substantive reach. As a result, the rapidly growing team of attorneys and staff of the firm, have consistently offered the perfect recipe for achieving the best outcome for its clients.
Aggie represents and defends closely-held businesses and corporations within the litigation and transactional realm. She regularly advises her clients on key issues related to formation, corporate governance, real estate, fiduciary obligations, internal conflicts, and disputes, as well as employment issues such as wage and hour, harassment, and discrimination matters in both federal and state court.
Aggie counsels clients on legal and regulatory compliance in the business and employment context, given her years as a litigator and a transactional attorney. She provides a unique perspective on legal trends and developments which gives her clients a unique edge in protection, prevention, and in achieving full potential. Together with the first-hand industry knowledge of the partners in the areas of real estate, institutional and private lending, construction and restaurant industries, the top-level team of attorneys at the firm is second-to-none for the Greek-American business community, which has historically maintained a strong and active presence in these areas.
Her Greek values from her family serve her well in the legal profession. She was raised to believe in hard work, dedication, and ambition. This “roll up your sleeves” attitude is not only helpful, but absolutely necessary when clients are faced with time-sensitive and high-stakes issues.
As a lawyer, she works hard, is resilient, dedicated, and organized, using her legal expertise to benefit clients first and foremost.
Looking ahead, Aggie hopes to keep expanding her business and continue to take on her leadership role at Koutsoudakis & Iakovou. As an established attorney with extensive and unique experience in practicing law in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York, Aggie is in an excellent position to continue to grow the firm.
“From day one, Aggie has shown nothing but a diligent, ‘no-stone unturned” approach towards her role as a leading attorney of our firm. Having her unique experience and perspective is undoubtedly one of the best decisions we’ve made. We look forward to growing our practice with the direct leadership of Aggie[.]” Andreas Koutsoudakis, Co-Founding Partner of Koutsoudakis & Iakovou Law Group, PLLC.