Fordham Law

John Mara, President of New York Giants, to Speak at Graduation

February 17, 2010

John K. Mara '79, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Giants, will give the graduation address and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Fordham Law School's 103rd Diploma Ceremony. Dean William Michael Treanor and Fordham University President Joseph McShane, S.J., will confer the J.D. and LL.M. degrees at the ceremony on Monday, May 24, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

A native New Yorker, Mara was raised in White Plains and attended Iona Prep High School. He earned a B.S. in marketing cum laude from Boston College in 1976 and graduated from Fordham Law in 1979. He began his legal career at the New York firm Vedder, Price, Kaufman, Kammholz and Day, where he specialized in labor and employment law and litigation. Two years later, he moved to Shea & Gould, where he practiced until joining the Giants in 1991.

Mara's positions with the team have included Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Operating Officer. He assumed the President/CEO role when his father, Wellington, passed away in 2005. Mara is responsible for all administrative, legal, and financial aspects of the organization.

Mara has been affiliated with the Giants his entire life. The franchise was founded in 1925 by his grandfather, Tim Mara. Wellington Mara was one of the most influential, respected, and beloved executives in NFL history. Since John Mara joined the organization in an official capacity, the Giants have reached the playoffs eight times, won four NFC East titles and played in two Super Bowls, winning one. The Giants are widely considered to be one of the best managed franchises in the National Football League, and their ownership is among the most respected in all of professional sports.

Mara has been at the forefront of the planning and negotiations for the New Meadowlands Stadium, which will be the Giants’ new home beginning in the 2010 season. In addition, Mara was the driving force behind the development and construction of the Timex Performance Center, the team’s state-of-the-art office and training complex that opened last spring. The Timex Performance Center includes a two-story building that houses the organization’s players, coaches, and office staff; large new locker, weight, and training rooms; four outdoor football fields; and a field house with a full field indoors.

Mara serves on the National Football League Competition Committee, which studies all aspects of the game and recommends rules and policy changes to NFL clubs. He's also a member of the League's Management Council Executive Committee, which is responsible for collective bargaining negotiations with the NFL Players Association, and he serves on the Committee on Workplace Diversity.

Mara is a member of the Board of Directors of Saint Vincent's Hospital (Harrison, NY), and Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York. He is Trustee Emeritus of the School of the Holy Child in Harrison and has served on the Boards of Catholic Charities of New Jersey and Iona Prep in New Rochelle. Away from the office, Mara was actively involved for many years in coaching youth basketball and Little League baseball. He and his wife, Denise, have five children and one grandson and reside in Harrison, NY.

At the ceremony, the Law School will also give awards for service and achievement, including the Eugene J. Keefe Award, the Teacher of the Year Award, the Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award, and the Dean's Medal of Achievement.