David Kian is Florida Atlantic University’s Vice President & General Counsel. He also currently serves as Interim CEO of the FAU Foundation, Inc. As the University’s chief legal officer, Mr. Kian is responsible for supervising and managing the University’s Office of the General Counsel and all legal matters affecting Florida Atlantic University. He serves as legal counsel to the FAU Board of Trustees; provides legal and policy analysis and advice to the University President and all senior administrators; directs all litigation and administrative proceedings involving the University; supervises and coordinates legal representation of the University with outside counsel; assists in the development of University compliance plans for federal and state regulations; and develops and presents training sessions, panels and guest lectures on an array of legal topics affecting the University. The University’s Office of the General Counsel also serves as primary legal counsel to the FAU Foundation and provides similar services to it.
Mr. Kian has served as FAU’s General Counsel since 2004, and also previously served as the FAU Foundation’s Interim CEO from 2015-2016. Prior to coming to FAU, he was associate general counsel and adjunct professor of law at the University of Florida, an associate with the law firm of Hill, Ward & Henderson, P.A., and a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Steven D. Merryday. He received his B.A. and J.D. degrees with honors from the University of Florida.