Joseph E. Oliva

Joseph E. Oliva, Esq. serves as Secretary of the University, General Counsel, and Interim Athletic Director. He joined the University as Associate General Counsel in October 2000, and was promoted to General Counsel in April 2005.  He has served as Interim Athletic Director since July 1, 2015.

In his role as General Counsel, Mr. Oliva is the University’s Chief legal officer providing counsel to the Board of Trustees, the President and other University administrative offices.  Mr. Oliva oversees all legal matters involving the University, including governance, business transactions, contracts, real estate, athletic compliance, intellectual property, litigations, immigration matters, student affairs, employment, labor negotiations, regulatory compliance and risk management. 

Prior to his position at St. John’s, Mr. Oliva worked as a litigation associate at the firms Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP and Garfunkel, Wild & Travis, P.C.

Mr. Oliva graduated summa cum laude from St. John’s University (B.S., Finance) and magna cum laude from St. John’s School of Law.  He served on the St. John’s Law Review.  Mr. Oliva is ordained as a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  He resides on Long Island with his wife and their three children.