Our Staff

The Office of General Counsel employs three attorneys with diverse experience. All are members of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association and are licensed to practice in the State of New York. Below is a brief biography for each and some pertinent contact information:

Attorneys in the Office of General Counsel

Joseph E. Oliva
General Counsel
E-Mail:  olivaj@stjohns.edu
Phone:  718-990-6421

Joseph E. Oliva joined the Office of General Counsel in November, 2000.  Mr. Oliva is a summa cum laude graduate of St. John’s University and a magna cum laude graduate of St. John’s School of Law.  Prior to coming to St. John’s, Mr. Oliva first served as a litigation associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City and then as an associate attorney specializing in not-for-profit, health care and higher education law at Garfunkel, Wild & Travis on Long Island. 

Kathleen M. McElroy
Associate General Counsel
E-Mail:  mcelroyk@stjohns.edu
Phone:  718-990-5699

Kathleen M. McElroy joined the Office of General Counsel as Associate General Counsel in January 2005.  Ms. McElroy is a graduate of Ithaca College and a cum laude graduate of Albany Law School of Union University.  Prior to coming to St. John’s, Ms. McElroy worked as an associate attorney with Hoey, King, Toker & Epstein in New York City specializing predominantly in labor and employment law issues and counseling.  In addition, Ms. McElroy worked as an associate attorney with the firms of Jackson Lewis LLP in New York City, Holm & O’Hara LLP in New York City and the Law Office of James J. Thorton on Long Island.

Nada M. Llewellyn
Associate General Counsel
E-Mail: Llewelln@stjohns.edu
Phone:  718-990-6334

Nada M. Llewellyn joined the Office of General Counsel as Associate General Counsel in June 2005.  Mrs. Llewellyn is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.  Prior to coming to St. John’s Mrs. Llewellyn was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City specializing in corporate and commercial law.   

Administrators and Staff in the Office of General Counsel

Allison M. Cannon
Office Manager
E-Mail: Cannona@stjohns.edu
Phone:  718-990-6337

Allison Cannon’s joined the Office of General Counsel in December 2003.  Mrs. Cannon’s background and experience is in office management and organizational support for law firms with emphasis on developing efficiency in administrative operations and setting/achieving goals.   In addition, Mrs. Cannon has experience as a paralegal with legal research and procedures experience.

Mrs. Cannon graduated from the State University at Albany and received her Paralegal Certification in Paralegal Studies from Hofstra University.  

Giselle Scianablo
Executive Secretary
E-Mail: scianabg@stjohns.edu
Phone:  718-990-6312

Giselle Scianablo joined the Office of the General Counsel at St. John’s University as Executive Secretary in October of 2007.  Prior to joining St. John’s, Ms. Scianablo worked in the area of Real Estate Management and as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal at a litigation firm.  Ms. Scianablo currently provides general office support to the General Counsel, 3 Associate General Counsels and the Office Manager.  She handles file maintenance, preparation of legal documents, opening new matters, communicating with outside law firms and updating and maintaining the office data entry system.