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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 KB&G's newest associate. Both were graduated from Fordham Law School.

September 2014: Jack 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 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 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 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.

July 2013: Jorge 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.

Testimonials

KB&G did an excellent job representing us in an extremely complex matter relating not only to asset-based financing in the real estate arena, but also public securities issues. Harry Beatty and Michael Kent were not only absolutely on point on the legal issues, but they were also able to bring about a practical economic solution to our over $50 million problem.

Thomas J. Cannon, III, Esq.
Flag Wharf Inc.

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.

August Cardona
Epicurean Management Co.

Jack and Harry transcend the typical definition of what an attorney does. They have an eloquent way of stating the facts and solutions; it is almost like poetry. I’ve worked with both and relied on their expertise to get the job done. They are never reluctant to state their professional opinion on what is best for a client. The attorneys at KB&G are truly a great combination of both business and personal attorneys.

Bobby Werhane
Experience hospitality LLC

In addition to being one of the smartest individuals I know, Jack is extremely good at what he does. He has a terrific capacity to listen to my explanation of a business problem, process it and rephrase it, displaying an acute comprehension of the issue or problem. I’m very happy with all the legal work he and his firm do for my company.

August Cardona
Epicurean Management Co.

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.

Josh Segal