- About KB&G
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 11 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Owner and President, Sultana Distribution Services Inc.
When I was exploring an investment opportunity, Harry thought of every aspect to protect my money. He developed a structure and implemented it right away, protecting my assets while facilitating the investment itself.
Christian W. Breitweiser
Corporate Jet Support, Inc.
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.
Experience hospitality LLC
Being an attorney, I can tell you that there are many firms that can analyze the legal positions but few that can utilize that knowledge and bring about an extremely positive result for the client, which KB&G has done in its representation of us.
Thomas J. Cannon, III, Esq.
Flag Wharf Inc.