September 2013: Jack A. Gordon was named both a Top 100 Lawyer by Top 100 Lawyers Magazine and a New York Metro Area Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine.
July 2013: Jorge R. Aviles joined the professional staff at Kent, Beatty & Gordon. Jorge attended Harvard University and Fordham Law School. Before law school, Jorge spent several years as a paralegal at Skadden Arps, and, after law school, he was an in house counsel at Starlite Media.
April 2013: Kent, Beatty & Gordon was lead counsel representing the New York-based owner of a joint venture with the successful star-studded Las Vegas-based Sugar Factory group, introducing the Sugar Factory brand to the New York market. The new combined restaurant and retail operation, Sugar Factory American Brassiere, opened its doors in late April 2013 in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.
April 2013: An article written by Harry Beatty and Josh Katz about New York’s expedited procedure for suing on promissory notes or similar instruments was published in the Winter 2013 issue of Paradigm, the journal of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms. The article explains the ins and outs of using this expedited procedure, and discusses ways that transactional documents can be drafted to make them easier to enforce.
February 2013: Jack Gordon attended the world's largest wine trade show, VinItaly, in Verona, Italy for the fifth consecutive year with several of the firm's hospitality clients.
November 2012: Jack Gordon taught a Continuing Legal Education course entitled Legal Issues Involved in Opening a Restaurant or Wine Bar for LawLine subscribers via live webinar on November 14.
November 2012: Jack Gordon led the team that successfully defended plaintiff's appeal of her dismissed copyright infringement claims to the Second Circuit in the lawsuit brought by Janine (Jah Jah) Gordon against firm client Ryan McGinley, the renowned commercial photographer, Levis and several galleries and gallerists.
October 2012: Kent, Beatty & Gordon co-sponsored the Third Annual Not My Day Job fundraiser on October 21 at the Prince Georges Ballroom. Proceeds from the event benefited the Fourth Arts Block, Greenwich House, and the Urban Arts Partnership.
May 2012: Michael Kent was featured on an NBC News investigative piece on the Metropolitan Transit Authority East Side Access Project which in 2019 will bring Long Island Railroad service to a new terminal 140 feet beneath Grand Central Terminal. The project, presently budgeted at $8.4 billion, is the most expensive mass transit project in United States’ history. Michael was featured along with MTA president Helena Williams.
April 2012: Kent, Beatty & Gordon structured and implemented a joint venture between its long-time client, Destileria Serrallés, Inc., and a group headed by Rande Gerber, the hospitality impresario, for the development, launch and distribution of the new super-premium rum brand, Caliche.
April 2012: Kent, Beatty & Gordon represented the founders of RYU in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, the restaurant featured on the 2012-2013 season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. KBG handled the entirety of the transactional, hospitality and real estate aspects of the new venture.
March 2012: Kent, Beatty & Gordon celebrated its Ten Year anniversary as an AV-Rated Preeminent Law Firm as facilitated by Martindale-Hubbell.
November 2011: Kent, Beatty & Gordon represented its long-time client, Destileria Serrallés, Inc., in DSI’s acquisition of the U.S. distribution rights to the Death’s Door brand spirits, including its award winning gin, vodka and white whisky, as well as an equity interest in the Death’s Door Spirits, LLC company.
October 2011: Partner Jack Gordon was named a top commercial litigator in the October 2011 Avenue Magazine.
August 2011: Kent, Beatty & Gordon successfully defended renowned photographer Ryan McGinley by obtaining dismissal of all claims of copyright infringement brought by Janine (Jah Jah) Gordon. Read Artnet Article
January 2011: Kent, Beatty & Gordon was granted membership and full privileges in the International Society of Primerus Law Firms. KB&G is one of the only three Manhattan-based law firms inducted. Membership is premised upon a firm’s established adherence to Primerus’ Six Pillars – integrity, excellence of work product, reasonableness of fees, continuing education of its attorneys, civility and community service.
April 2009: Michael Kent retired as Village Justice for the Village of Thomaston (Great Neck) after a ten-year term in office. Michael’s departure from the bench was occasioned by the absorption of the Village Court system into the Nassau County Court system due to budgetary considerations.
Jack has helped in securing our top talent by preparing and negotiating employment agreements for our key personnel in our restaurant and wine bar businesses. He has also helped amend our investor and operating documentation, strengthening our agreements, resulting in peace of mind. Jack is extremely good at what he does. I recommend him unequivocally for all hospitality-related legal work.
For more than 20 years, we have found Kent Beatty & Gordon to have unquestionable integrity and ethics. The quality of the firm’s legal work and dedication is excellent. We have been completely satisfied with their expertise, knowledge and diligence.
Michael handles all of my legal affairs, from drafting celebrity endorsement, broadcast and design contracts, to protecting my intellectual property rights. He especially shines when dealing with my many “unusual” situations. He is able to quickly grasp the facts and explain the legal issues involved in a clear and concise fashion.
When Jack took on my wrongful termination case, he immediately understood the value of my employment agreement because he writes them himself. He was exactly what I needed in a lawyer. He stood up to a large technology corporation and got me everything I was owed.
I was recommended to Michael by a partner at a large firm who realized that my then start-up company could not afford that firm’s fees. At KB&G I receive the expertise of a large firm delivered with a sensitivity to the realities of my budget. Michael helps guide me through the minefields that face young entrepreneurs.