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April 2016: Harry C. Beatty, Deirdre L. Fletcher and KBG’s Corporate Group, with the assistance of McConnell Valdés LLC as local Puerto Rico counsel, represented Destilería Serrallés, Inc. in negotiating and implementing a $40,000,000 revolving credit facility with Bank of America, N.A.

March 2016: Michael Kent was a lecturer at the New York City Bar Association's "Legal Issue Bootcamp - Opening a Restaurant in New York," where he spoke on real estate issues relating to restaurants.

March 2016: KBG’s Corporate Group represented METROPOLITAN Newspaper Advertising Services, Inc. in negotiating and implementing a $12,000,000 financing facility with Versant Funding LLC.

March 2016: KB&G’s hospitality, real estate and corporate groups represented FJP Hospitality Group, Inc. in all organizational matters, as well as in the negotiation and consummation of the lease for its new TAVO restaurant in Manhattan for celebrity chef Julieta Ballesteros and her investor partners.

March 2016: KBG's litigation team, led by Jack A. Gordon with the assistance of partner Joshua Katz, obtained an order from New York Supreme Court, Kings County, pursuant to CPLR 3220 requiring attorney Lewis Saul to pay firm client and renowned photographer Eric Cahan the attorneys' fees incurred by him after the date we served an Offer of Judgment, even though the matter did not go to trial. (It was dismissed prior to trial.) A copy of Justice Demarest's decision and order can be found here.

January 2016: Jack A. Gordon taught a seminar for The National Business Institute entitled Restaurant Law to an audience of several hundred attendees. Participants earn 1.5 CLE credits for attending. The program can be found here.

2015 to January 2016: Harry Beatty and KBG’s corporate group represented Destilería Serrallés, Inc. in extended and complicated negotiations with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its agencies, including its Treasury, Government Bank and the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company, to establish Trust and Lock Box arrangements with Citibank, N.A. securing for DSI and other Puerto Rican rum producers the payment of production incentives consisting of “cover over,” that is, the excise taxes remitted to the Commonwealth by the U.S. Federal Treasury. The arrangement provides security with respect to hundreds of millions of dollars a year owed to the rum producers.

December 2015: KB&G’s real estate group represented Kilroy Architectural Windows and its real estate holding affiliate, CJK Associates, Inc. in the sale of Kilroy’s Clinton Hill, Brooklyn manufacturing headquarters for a planned residential condominium development.

December 2015: KB&G’s real estate and hospitality groups represented Antico Noé in the negotiation and making of a lease for its new restaurant in Manhattan, representing the first presence of the Antico Noé brand outside of Florence, Italy.

December 2015: Harry C. Beatty and the corporate law group represented Bermuda Motor Car Renting Co., Inc. in establishing a joint venture with Alpine Limousine and Precision Limousine International Inc.

November 2015: KB&G’s real estate and corporate departments represented Golden Charms, Inc., as lender, in the making of a time is of the essence secured loan with respect to the ultra-luxury condominium project at 150 Charles Street, Manhattan.

November 2015: Harry C. Beatty and the corporate law group represented DAVOS Brands in acquiring the master distribution rights in the United States to the Sombra mescal and the Astral tequila brands.

October 2015: Kent, Beatty & Gordon is named winner for Best for Business Counseling – New York, 2015, by AI Legal Awards.

September 2015: Jack A. Gordon was named a New York Metro Area Super Lawyer in the field of Commercial Litigation for the fourth straight year, and Harry Beatty was named a New York Metro Area Super Lawyer in the area of Corporate and Commercial Law for the first time by Super Lawyers Magazine.

September 2015: Brian Avello joins KB&G as a senior associate, with more than six years of experience in the areas of commercial litigation and arbitration and employment and real estate law.

September 2015: KB&G’s corporate and hospitality teams counseled its client in the structuring of its participation in the expansion of the Sugar Factory brand to its new location in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

August 2015: Jack A. Gordon and Josh Katz successfully obtained an order from the Southern District of New York vacating a default judgment entered against firm clients Nathaniel Grady and Judy Stanford in April of 2011. The Decision and Order of Judge Cathy Seibel can be found here.

August 2015: Michael Kent, after seven years of counseling his investment trust client, the owner of three contiguous properties on Fulton Street in downtown Brooklyn, in the analysis of several property development repositioning alternatives, ultimately represented the trust in the $25mm sale of the properties.

August 2015: KB&G’s real estate team represented Madison Avenue Furs in negotiating its client’s exit protocols from its long serving Manhattan location, and in negotiating the lease for its new Manhattan retail location.

August 2015: Michael Kent, assisted by KB&G’s real estate team, represented Neuman’s Kitchen, a leading Manhattan catering concern, in both the buy-out of its current Manhattan lease and the making of a new long-term lease for its planned state of the art facility in Long Island City. KB&G’s team worked closely with its client’s consultants in coordinating design and planning efforts, as well as in maximizing participation in City and State incentive programs.

August 2015: KB&G’s corporate team represented an investment trust client in connection with its venture capital participation in Deedle, LLC, creator and operator of an innovative ad-tech / e-commerce / marketing platform which is linked to a dedicated on-line gaming customer base.

August 2015: KB&G’s real estate team represented Kilroy Architectural Windows in the making of a long-term lease for the relocation to its new facility in the Bronx, as well in Kilroy’s participation in New York City's relocation tax incentive programs.

July 2015: KB&G's corporate team represented its long-standing client, Sultana Distribution Services Inc., in renegotiating and documenting an enhanced Revolving Credit Facility with PNC Bank.

July 2015: Michael Kent, with KB&G’s real estate team, represented the firm’s long-standing client, Isaia & Isaia, an Italian designer of high-end men’s clothing, in the negotiation and finalization of its lease in Beverly Hills, its first retail store in the US.

May 2015: Harry Beatty, with the assistance of Matthew Marcucci, represented Metro Newspaper Advertising Services, Inc. in negotiating the purchase agreement, documents of transfer and related court orders to acquire the intellectual property and associated assets of Newspaper Data Exchange, LLC. Harry represented Metro in successfully bidding at a contested auction in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

May 2015: Christine Rafin obtained the voluntary dismissal of a putative nationwide class action that had been brought in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against a client for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

May 2015: Harry Beatty and the corporate law group represented Metro Newspaper Advertising Services, Inc. in negotiating and closing a multi-million dollar asset based revolving credit facility with Gibraltar Business Capital, LLC.

April 2015: On behalf of our clients Dennis Demetre and Lori Lewis, Josh Katz successfully obtained the reversal in the Appellate Division, First Department, of a trial court order dismissing our clients' claim for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in connection with an earn-out provision in a Stock Purchase Agreement. The claim seeks to recover more than $200 million in wrongfully withheld earn-out payments.

April 2015: Kent, Beatty & Gordon’s real estate and hospitality team represented the owner of L’Artusi in the restructuring and extension of its lease for its acclaimed West Village restaurant.

April 2015: Facing the impending demolition of 425 Park Avenue, KB&G bid farewell to its long-standing home, and headed west to its new offices at Eleven Times Square, developed as Midtown’s most advanced new commercial tower, affording the latest in cutting-edge technology, security and energy-efficiency features. KB&G joins a world-class roster of companies that includes Microsoft and Proskauer Rose.

March 2015: Jack A. Gordon was featured in Eater Magazine's 33 Photos With Hospitality Attorney Jack Gordon, 'day in the life' series by Nick Solares. The feature article can be viewed here.

February 2015: Michael Kent was a featured panelist on the episode of the TV show The Stoler Report entitled Anatomy of a Deal: The Leasing of Office Space in New York City which is now being broadcast on several cable networks and online outlets. Included was an analysis of Kent, Beatty & Gordon’s upcoming move from its Park Avenue offices to its new home in the state-of-the-art building at 11 Times Square. The show can be viewed [here].

January 2015: Jack A. Gordon and Josh Katz, with the assistance of Jorge Aviles, Emily Redmerski and Matt Marcucci of our litigation team, secured a verdict for firm client Broadspring, Inc. after a seven-day Federal trial in the Southern District of New York, where the jury found defendant Congoo d.b.a. Adblade and two of its principals, Ashraf Nashed and Rafael Cosentino, liable for multiple counts of defamation.

January 2015: Jack A. Gordon taught a Continuing Legal Education seminar for the National Business Institute entitled Restaurant Law to a national audience of more than 250 participants.

January 2015: Christine Rafin rejoined the Firm as a partner. Christine started her career as an associate at KB&G. After five years with us and then five years with a boutique firm specializing in marketing, promotions, gaming and communications law, she has returned. Christine's practice will continue to focus on commercial litigation and arbitration, as well as Internet, mobile marketing and telemarketing law, data privacy and security law.

December 2014: Harry C. Beatty and the corporate law group represented Davos Brands in acquiring the master distribution rights in the United States to the award winning American Aviation Gin brand.

November 2014: Kent, Beatty & Gordon’s real estate and corporate law groups represented METRO Newspaper Advertising Services, Inc., in negotiating the lease for their new headquarters in Yonkers, New York.

November 2014: Kent, Beatty & Gordon’s entertainment and real estate departments represented the owner of L’Apicio restaurant in the negotiation of a Location and License Agreement pursuant to which an episode of Blue Bloods, the popular CBS television series starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, was filmed on location at the restaurant.

November 2014: Kent, Beatty & Gordon's litigation department successfully obtained dismissal of all claims brought by Lewis Saul, a prominent lawyer and art collector, against his former art advisor, Eric Cahan. Josh Katz argued the motion in Brooklyn's Commercial Division.

November 2014: Kent, Beatty & Gordon's litigation department won a motion for summary judgment in lieu of complaint in favor of its client, Employers Mutual Casualty Co., to obtain recognition in New York of a judgment entered in Iowa. The court rejected the defendant's argument that it was not subject to personal jurisdiction in Iowa.

September 2014: Josh Katz was elevated to partner and Matt Marcucci joined Kent, Beatty & Gordon as an associate. Both were graduated from Fordham Law School.

September 2014: Jack A. Gordon was again named both a Top 100 Lawyer by Top 100 Lawyers Magazine and a New York Metro Area Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine.

August 2014: Kent, Beatty & Gordon's litigation department prevailed on seven different motions that had been filed in a false advertising and defamation case brought by its client, Broadspring, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Among other rulings, the court denied the defendants' motion for summary judgment dismissing Broadspring's claims, granted Broadspring's motion for summary judgment dismissing all of the defendants' counterclaims, and imposed sanctions on the defendants Congoo d.b.a. Adblade, Ashraf Nashed and Rafael Cosentino for spoliation of evidence and for violating a protective order.

August 2014: Michael Kent represented one of Kent, Beatty & Gordon’s Manhattan-based restaurant clients, L’Apicio, in its participation in a new Bravo network series, entitled Best New Restaurant, which currently is in production for airing in early 2015. The series is produced by chef/internet sensation Gordon Ramsay's production company in partnership with Bon Appétit magazine.

August 2014: Harry Beatty and the Corporate Law group represented TY KU LLC, doing business as Davos Brands, in acquiring the master distribution rights in the US to the Real McCoy line of award winning premium aged rums, as well as an equity interest in Real McCoy Spirits Corp. The rums and the original Prohibition “rum runner,” Captain Bill McCoy, are the subject of a 2012 Emmy award winning documentary film produced by Bailey Pryor, the CEO of Real McCoy.

June 2014: Michael Kent spearheaded Kent, Beatty & Gordon’s representation of its client, Flushing Avenue Partners, LLC, in its acquisition of prime development property on Flushing Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn, successfully concluding an arduous two-year process.

May 2014: Jack A. Gordon led the hospitality litigation team at Kent, Beatty & Gordon in settling a dispute involving Daryl's Restaurant and Wine Bar after successfully obtaining a court order requiring that the assets of the LLC that owns the restaurant be sold in a commercially reasonable manner.

May 2014: Harry Beatty and the Corporate Law group represented TY KU LLC in acquiring the master distribution rights in the US and Canada to the ZYR premium Russian vodka brand.

April 2014: Kent, Beatty & Gordon represented the City of Rye, NY, in connection with the negotiation and finalization of two food and beverage vendor contracts at its Whitby Castle and Rye Golf Club for 2014 and beyond.

March 2014: Kent, Beatty & Gordon represented its long-time client, Sultana Distribution Services Inc., in the negotiation, structuring and implementation of a first-of-its-kind Master National Re-Distribution Agreement with the Ferrara Candy Company, a leading manufacturer of candy and confections.

February 2014: Kent, Beatty & Gordon is chosen as the Client Choice winner of the 2014 Corporate Int'l Magazine Global Award for Hospitality Law Firm of the Year in New York.

January 2014: Kent, Beatty & Gordon is chosen as the winner of the 2014 Corporate Int'l Magazine Global Award for Contracts Law Firm of the Year in New York and, for the second time, M&A Law Firm of the Year in New York.

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.

September 2013: KB&G provided its legal services pro bono to the organizers of the highly successful Yogathon & Wellness Fair which was held to benefit the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition.

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 A. 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 A. 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 A. 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: Jack A. 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

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.

Testimonials

Harry represented Seagram when my company purchased their Puerto Rico operations. He was talented and tough, but forthright and fair. When he left Seagram, we wanted him on our side, and we have relied on him ever since.

Felix J. Serrallés, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Destileria Serrallés, Inc.

Harry and I worked out a very complex and challenging technological agreement on behalf of Seagram and DuPont with a reluctant third party venturer. Despite the strong potential for conflicts of interest and several seeming stalemates, Harry made it work, and work well.

Jack B. Wielar
Business Consultant (Formerly: DuPont Separation Systems, Georgia Pacific, Norel Paper Company)

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.

Alberto J. Torruella, Esq.
Executive Vice President, Destileria Serrallés, Inc.

I have used Jack for every employment-related matter involving my career for more than a decade. He always gets the best possible results. I’ve gone through a number of lawyers in my time, but Jack has been the best. I am completely satisfied with his work. He stays in constant communication with his clients and I trust him completely. I refer others to Jack and will continue to do so.

Carl Nabar
SurfaceEXchange

During the sixteen years that KB&G has represented Sultana, it has grown into one of the region’s largest confectionery and food product distributors. Michael and his dedicated team earned my trust many years ago and now handle all aspects of our business including financing, employee matters, distribution agreements, real estate transactions, commercial litigations, and special projects which require cutting-edge contracts.

Brian Gold
Owner and President, Sultana Distribution Services Inc.