Michael B. Kent


J.D., Hofstra University School of Law, 1976
B.A., magna cum laude, State University of New York, 1973
MBK@KBG-law.com

Biography

A founding partner of Kent, Beatty & Gordon, Michael brings a rich, diverse background to his practice that includes real estate, commercial litigation and arbitration, business counseling and advice, as well as entertainment law.

Michael began his career almost forty years ago at a small, politically influential New York law firm. In 1981, he opened his own practice, which subsequently evolved into Kent, Beatty & Gordon, LLP. Over the years, Michael has served as litigation counsel in several high profile matters ranging from the Iran-United States Claim Tribunal to the first major sports agency scandal. More recently, Michael headed the internal investigation of a shooting incident involving a New York-based National Football League player.

Like the other partners of Kent, Beatty & Gordon, Michael’s expertise lies in assisting clients in making difficult decisions – often outside of mainstream practice - and implementing the solutions. He is adept at identifying legal issues and practical considerations that often help his clients defuse controversial matters before they reach the courthouse – and the media.

Presently, Michael heads the firm’s real estate practice, handling commercial and residential real estate matters, including conveyances, leasing, zoning and land use, financing and construction. Michael’s entertainment practice is extensive, with a client list that includes prominent musicians, composers, managers and producers, among them several Grammy Award® and Academy Award® recipients.

Although proud of the many long-standing relationships he has maintained with the firm’s clients, both individual and corporate, Michael remains dedicated to nurturing new client relationships.

Michael served as the Village Justice of Thomaston in Great Neck, New York for more than a decade, and as an adjunct professor of litigation studies at Long Island University and Mercy College. He is a frequent lecturer on real estate law, including regularly lecturing for the New York City Bar Association. He is a member of the New York State Magistrates Association, the American Judges Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Nassau County Bar Association and The American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

“If swords must be crossed in a court of law – so be it. But my greatest professional satisfaction is derived from fostering an environment where reason can prevail allowing my client to realize a proper and more rewarding resolution.”


Michael represented a copyright holder and co-publisher of the Academy Award® winning song “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” featured on the “Dirty Dancing” movie soundtrack.

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.

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

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

I was recommended to Michael by a partner at a large firm who realized that my then start-up company could not afford that firm’s fees. At KB&G I receive the expertise of a large firm delivered with a sensitivity to the realities of my budget. Michael helps guide me through the minefields that face young entrepreneurs.

Eric Zemsky
Founder and CEO of Spellbound Media, Inc.

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