As executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Madison Square Garden Company, Lawrence J. Burian oversees and directs all of the company's legal affairs. He is responsible for advising executive management on key legal and strategic matters and for managing the company's legal department, including all corporate, commercial, transactional, litigation, regulatory and day-to-day legal matters.
Mr. Burian has played an integral role in several of the company’s key initiatives, including the unprecedented, three-year Transformation of the Madison Square Garden arena and the company’s partnerships with Azoff MSG Entertainment, Tribeca Enterprises and Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. He also helped drive the company’s purchase and reinvention of the Forum in Inglewood, CA; its acquisition of the Westchester Knicks, a new NBA D-League basketball franchise; and, its $500 million revolving credit facility. Mr. Burian joined MSG in January 2010 and, in his first year, was a key contributor to the company’s successful spin-off from Cablevision Systems Corporation.
Mr. Burian joined MSG after 10 years at Cablevision, where he played an instrumental role in many of the company's strategic transactions, including the acquisitions of Sundance Channel, Newsday Media Group and 4Connections, as well as the sale of the Fox Sports New England and Fox Sports Bay Area regional sports networks. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Burian served as senior vice president, associate general counsel and business affairs at Cablevision, providing legal and strategic counsel to the company’s executive management. He also oversaw the legal staff responsible for various corporate legal matters, including real estate and employee benefits, and supported Cablevision's PVI Virtual Media Services subsidiary, including as a board member. Previously, Mr. Burian served as vice president, associate general counsel for three years. He joined Cablevision in 2000 as assistant general counsel.
Prior to joining Cablevision, Mr. Burian was an associate with the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, and served in both their New York and London offices. In 1995, he served as a law clerk for then Deputy President (and later President) Aharon Barak of the Supreme Court of Israel in Jerusalem.
Mr. Burian serves on the boards of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization that works closely with all areas of MSG to help brighten the lives of children facing obstacles; Tribeca Enterprises, which owns and operates the acclaimed Tribeca Film Festival; Fuse Media, the owner of premier music and entertainment television networks; and the American Society for Yad Vashem, a non-profit that works in partnership with Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to support global Holocaust remembrance, research and education.
Mr. Burian holds a doctorate of jurisprudence from Yale Law School and received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Yeshiva University in New York, where he graduated summa cum laude. Mr. Burian lives in Westchester with his wife and four children.