Lawrence J. Burian is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Madison Square Garden Company, responsible for overseeing and directing all of the company's legal affairs. He is responsible for providing legal advice to executive management and for managing the company's legal department, including all corporate, commercial, transactional, litigation and day-to-day legal matters.
Mr. Burian previously served as senior vice president, associate general counsel and business affairs at Cablevision Systems Corporation, a position he held from 2005 through 2009. During that time, Mr. Burian provided legal and strategic counsel to Cablevision's executive management. He also oversaw the legal staff responsible for providing advice on various corporate legal matters, including employee benefits and real estate, and supported Cablevision's PVI Virtual Media Services subsidiary. Prior to this, Mr. Burian served as vice president, associate general counsel for three years. He joined Cablevision in 2000 as assistant general counsel. Throughout his tenure at Cablevision, Mr. Burian played an instrumental role in many of the company's complex strategic transactions, including working towards achieving the successful separation of the company from Cablevision, the acquisitions of Sundance Channel, Newsday Media Group and 4Connections and the sale of the Fox Sports New England and Fox Sports Bay Area regional sports networks.
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 the 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 holds a doctorate of jurisprudence from the Yale Law School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva University in New York.