Justin Kerenyi is a partner in HBS's Atlanta office where his practice encompasses a broad range of litigation, transactional and intellectual property work.
Since beginning his career at HBS in 2000, Mr. Kerenyi has successfully represented a diverse portfolio of clients including large corporations, small businesses, non-profits and individuals. He has practiced extensively in state and federal courts litigating a wide array of general liability, aviation, medical malpractice and business litigation claims. Mr. Kerenyi has also developed a significant transactional and intellectual property practice advising on business ventures across a variety of industries, including supervising I.P. due diligence in a multi-million dollar transaction and handling hundreds of trademark and copyright matters. Mr. Kerenyi also has experience in the areas of corporate formation, entertainment law, and appellate work.
A native of New York City, Mr. Kerenyi moved to Atlanta in 1995 after earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University (where he was named to the Dean's List). He obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2000 from Georgia State University College of Law. During law school, Mr. Kerenyi was on Moot Court and clerked for the Honorable Justice P. Harris Hines of The Supreme Court of Georgia. Mr. Kerenyi is also the Secretary and one of four founding board members of Songs For Kids Foundation, Inc., a 10 year old, Atlanta based non-profit that provides thousands of music programs annually to kids-in-need in 5 states.
Mr. Kerenyi has successfully represented corporations in a wide range of general liability matters on behalf of insurance companies and public / private entities. He has litigation experience in both state and federal courts, handling cases of all levels of exposure, and involving a wide array of allegations and issues, ranging from business disputes to the defense of a wide variety of personal injury claims. In addition to general premises liability, Mr. Kerenyi has developed specialized expertise with aviation industry claims through nearly a decade of representing ABM Aviation, Inc. (f.k.a. Air Serv Corp and a subsidiary of Fortune 500 parent co. ABM Industries, Inc.), a leading aviation industry support vendor serving over 50 airports, through the U.S. and U.K.
Mr. Kerenyi has extensive transactional and litigation experience in trademark, copyright, and entertainment law. With his growing I.P. transactional and litigation practice, he has developed expertise in assisting businesses and individuals with Intellectual Property ("I.P.") due diligence, protection of I.P. assets, trademark and copyright filings and appeals, I.P. dispute resolution and litigation, I.P. acquisitions, transactions, domain name due diligence; and related matters. Mr. Kerenyi has handled I.P. matters for numerous businesses, partnerships and individuals across a wide variety of industries. He has represented media and entertainment companies, retailers, legal and medical practices and associations, insurance companies, health care companies, agri-businesses, e-commerce firms, fashion designers, non-profit organizations, artists and authors. Mr. Kerenyi has performed I.P. due diligence in multi-million dollar business transactions and provides support and guidance to help his client's develop, manage and protect, and exploit their I.P. portfolios. He has also represented individuals, start-ups, and small businesses in corporate entity formation and strategic planning.
Mr. Kerenyi has also developed a growing entertainment law practice cultivated from his own personal experiences as a working musician. Having spent more than fifteen years as a professional musician and songwriter, and having also worked several years for record labels including Sony Music, UK and Intersound Records, Mr. Kerenyi has first-hand knowledge of the music business from the perspective of both the artist and the record companies. Mr. Kerenyi has represented artists, bands, producers, managers, and record labels in drafting, reviewing and negotiating various entertainment industry agreements and contracts, protecting and exploiting their I.P. and other commercial rights, and career/business development.
Mr. Kerenyi has successfully represented hospitals, physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and other individual medical care providers in professional negligence lawsuits and state composite board hearings. In so doing, Mr. Kerenyi has acquired experience defending cases involving allegations of negligent care and treatment, negligent misdiagnosis, negligent referral, negligent misadministration of medication, surgical battery, and lack of consent. The factual circumstances of this casework has covered a wide array of medical issues including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, internal medicine, obstetrics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pharmacology, plastic surgery, pulmonology, radiology, and wound care. He is the son of a physician.
Mr. Kerenyi has developed a growing transactional practice advising, facilitating and participating in business ventures on behalf of numerous businesses, partnerships and individuals across a wide variety of industries. He has provided professional expertise on a variety of business needs, including forming entities, strategic planning, negotiating, drafting and assisting with enforcement and/or defense of various contractual agreements (e.g. services agreements, licensing agreements, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements), assisting with due diligence, counselling on regulatory matters, and assisting with dispute resolution. Mr. Kerenyi is also the Secretary and one of the four founding board members of Songs For Kids Foundation, Inc., an Atlanta based 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides music programs to kids-in-need in 5 states.