John Israel Galambos

Family Office Co-Leader, Québec and Partner, KPMG Law LLP

KPMG in Canada

John Israel Galambos is a Family Office Leader for the Québec region, partner with KPMG LLP and lawyer. John’s main areas of practice include corporate and individual taxation and tax planning, estate planning, wills, trusts, corporate reorganizations, and asset protection. During his career, he has also developed deep knowledge in governance issues, particularly in the context of business succession. 

John is known for finding creative solutions in difficult situations between shareholders, business partners or heirs. His calm demeanour has led him to successfully mediate multimillion-dollar estate disputes among heirs and business disputes arising out of family enterprise divestitures. 

John serves as legal counsel to a number of charities and non-profit organizations and is a tax advisor to a number of professional firms. 


  • Listed in "Corporate Lawyers to Watch" category in the 2016, Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • Award winner, 2012 Lexpert Zenith Award Celebrating Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility.
  • Recognized in the 2023 Lexpert Canadian Legal Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended Leading Lawyer under Estate & Personal Tax Planning


  • Family Owned Businesses
  • High Net Worth Individuals
  • Legal Services
  • Private companies
  • Tax
  • Tax Dispute Resolution and Controversy
  • Tax Structuring
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.), Common Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2004

  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Université de Montréal, 2003

  • B.A., Psychology, McGill University, 1997

  • Canadian Tax Foundation

  • Member of Barreau du Québec, 2005

  • Member of Law Society of Ontario, 2022

  • Governor of the Fondation du Barreau du Québec, Member of the Canadian Bar Association and Member of The Lord Reading Society

  • Director, Board of Directors, and Member of the Executive Committee, JPPS-Bialik School

  • Member of the Employees’ Pension Committee, Federation CJA

  • Member of the Innovations Committee, Jewish Community Foundation

  • Steering Committee Member, Canadian Tax Foundation in Québec