General Counsel

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for the legal operations of St. John’s University.  We are committed to providing high quality legal services to the University on a broad range of business, academic and statutory issues, and to support the University in its strategic goals and initiatives. 

Services Provided

Contracts and Leases
Review and prepare a wide variety of contracts including real estate contracts and leases, equipment leases, affiliation agreements for student clinical training, consulting contracts for independent contractors, licensing agreements, vendor contracts, and grant agreements.  All contracts, leases and agreements are to be submitted to the Office of General Counsel for review and approval.

Employment Law
Counsels and participates in all aspects of the employment process including hiring, discipline and termination of employees, as well as representing the University in employment claims before state and federal regulatory agencies. 

Student Matters
Participates as needed in code of conduct matters involving students providing advice with regard to student matters on a case-by-case basis. Note the Office of General Counsel DOES NOT provide counsel to students regarding personal legal problems.

University Policies and Procedures
Reviews proposed changes to University policies and procedures and is responsible for creating new policies and procedures on an as needed basis. Reviews various federal, state and local laws applicable to University operations.

Intellectual Property
Provides counsel on patent, copyright and trademark matters affecting the University. 

Real Estate
Provides assistance with the purchase and leasing of real estate.  We also provide counsel on other real estate matters such as property tax and environmental matters. 

Department Contact
Office of General Counsel
Newman Hall, Room 217B
(718) 990-6337