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

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 tend to operate at 1,000 miles per hour and Michael somehow manages to keep up with me. I have never seen him lose his cool or his focus. His personalized involvement and caring is extremely refreshing and allows me the freedom to devote my energies to the creative aspects of my businesses.

Renee Greenstein
Fashion Designer and on-air TV personality

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.

Renee Greenstein
Fashion Designer and on-air TV personality

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.

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.