Brian C. Avello


J.D., University of Michigan, 2009

B.A., History, University of Miami, 2005

Biography

Brian C. Avello is an associate with Kent, Beatty and Gordon, LLP, and is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New York as well as in the District of Columbia.

Brian has extensive experience representing corporations of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 100 corporations, in all types of commercial litigation.  He was recently associated with a Long Island-based litigation boutique, where he worked with large financial institutions on disputes involving Article 3 of the UCC and consumer protection statutes (e.g., EFTA). Leasing was another area of his practice. Brian represented Manhattan and Bronx-based companies in negotiating and amending their commercial and retail leases.

Brian began his career as a litigator with an Am Law 100 law firm where he focused his practice on employment and complex commercial matters. There he defended employers against claims of discrimination and hostile work environment with local, state, and federal administrative agencies. He also gained experience conducting complex investigations and coordinating large reviews and productions of ESI.

Additionally, Brian has followed his interest in emerging technologies and, along with KB&G’s partners, practices in the burgeoning blockchain and digital asset space. With a keen knowledge of this nascent market, he has represented well-known developers and business leaders on employment, corporate governance and pre-litigation matters.

Brian's writings have been published in various legal periodicals, including Law 360, Product Liability Law & Strategy, and The Brief, (The American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice quarterly). He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Brian received his J.D. from the University of Michigan and his B.A. in History from the University of Miami.

Publications and Presentations

Author, “The Thin Lines Between Zealous Advocacy, Incivility, and Punishable Misconduct,” The Brief/ABA, 10/2012

Presenter, “Are You Afraid of Facebook? Legal and Ethical Implications of Social Media,” Nixon Peabody CLE Program, 1/2012

Author, “Maximizing Arbitration Provisions Post-Concepción,” Product Liability Law & Strategy, 10/2011.

Author, “Giordano, Latency Periods, and the Statute of Limitations,” Law 360, 1/2011

Testimonials

Michael excels in navigating the grey areas where answers (and sometimes even the questions) are not clear. Michael is much more than just our attorney - he is a highly valued advisor and confidante.

Brian Gold
Owner and President, Sultana Distribution Services Inc.

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.

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

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.

For more than 25 years, Michael has been my personal and business attorney. Recently, Michael identified the critical issues in a very unique land use development/re-zoning project and then crafted a very detailed contract which completely protected my interests.

Chuck Apelian
Entrepreneur and Land Use Consultant