Harry C. Beatty

J.D., Harvard Law School, 1976
B.A., cum laude, Colgate University, 1973


A founding partner of Kent, Beatty & Gordon, Harry has been practicing law for more than forty years. He began his career at a major New York-based firm and then spent eight years at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., ultimately as Corporate Counsel and assistant secretary. Since 2015, Harry has been named a Super Lawyer for Corporate and Commercial Law by New York Metro Super Lawyers.

At Seagram, Harry's responsibilities included legal matters affecting the consolidated Seagram group throughout the world, including structuring transactions and ventures, and handling SEC and treasury issues, employee relations and benefits, and real estate issues related to the landmarked Seagram Building and other Seagram properties.

Harry's practice today includes the structure, negotiation and closing of sophisticated transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures and ventures both international and national in scope. He has represented clients on diverse transactional matters in Central and South America, Europe and the Far East.

Harry has represented and continues to represent a number of enterprises in the beverage industry, including Royal Crown Cola, Virgin Cola (USA), Davos Brands, an importer and distributor of alcohol beverage products, Clos de los Siete S.A., a Michel Rolland Argentine wine project, and Premium Beverages (Seagram Mixers). He has extensive experience with wine and spirits companies, and for over twenty years has served as principal US counsel for Destileria Serrallés, Inc., the oldest rum producer in Puerto Rico. Harry also has extensive experience with banking and financial institutions, importers and exporters, and manufacturers and distributors, particularly in the packaging industry.

Most recently, Harry has focused his experience in establishing KB&G’s Hemp Group, which offers wide-ranging commercial representation to leading hemp extract producers and purveyors of CBD oil and others in the hemp arena. Harry has visited hemp farms and laboratories in Northern Europe, and has worked on hemp product distribution agreements for Europe, Asia and South America.

Harry also is active in KGB’s emerging practice in the digital asset space, where clients include renown firms specializing in developments on the Ethereum® blockchain.

Kent, Beatty & Gordon has been named the M&A Law Firm of the Year in New York since 2013 and the Contracts Law Firm of the Year in New York since 2014 by Corporate International Magazine, and the Best for Business Counseling New York for 2015 by AL Legal Awards.

Harry is a member of the Hemp Industries Association. He is a Trustee of Caldwell University in New Jersey. He also is an ordained Elder of the Presbyterian Church (USA), a former member of the permanent Judicial Commission of the Presbytery of Newark, and the former President, and a former Chairman of the Finance and the Stewardship Committees, of the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell, in New Jersey. Harry is also a member of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, a society devoted to excellence in all areas of the hospitality arts. At Harvard Law School, he was a member of the Board of Student Advisors, an honorary society that ran moot court and other competitions and mentored one-L students. For eight years beginning in 2008, he was an elected member of the Essex County, New Jersey, Republican Committee and Chairman of the municipal committee in his home town. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Bar Association, and is admitted to the New York Bar, and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

"Nothing is more gratifying than helping clients consider ways to maximize commercial opportunities, and then implementing the chosen solution and structure."


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 has been my go-to guy since 1994, when he engineered and walked us through a very difficult leveraged management buy-out with great success. I feel very protected with Harry on my side. Regardless of the legal issue, I can count on Harry and his team to help us.

Phyllis Cavaliere
METRO Newspaper Advertising Services, Inc.

I brought Harry in as General Counsel for several packaging companies which I ran or for which I consulted. He is my lawyer of choice. Harry not only is the preeminent deal lawyer I know, he is a business expert. He is the best business advisor I have in the world.

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

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.

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)