CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        Jay R. Peabody

        Jay serves as Chair of the firm's Real Estate Group. He represents regional and national owners, developers and lenders in connection with the purchase, sale, planning, development, and complex financing of office, industrial, retail, and large scale multi-use and lifestyle developments. Additionally, Jay has a specialty practice representing both landlords and tenants with the management of their lease portfolios.

        Jay also acts as general counsel to a wide range of companies and business owners with corporate matters, including formation, structure and strategic planning.

        In addition to his practice, Jay enjoys long-distance triathlon and marathon training and racing. Most recently, Jay completed Ironman Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky (2015) and Philadelphia Marathon in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2016). 


        • Suffolk University School of Law, J.D.
        • Fairfield University, B.S., cum laude

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Massachusetts
        • Rhode Island

        Practice Areas


        • Recipient of 2014 Providence Business News 40 Under Forty award
        • Recipient of 2009 Top Young Professionals Under Forty award from New England Business Bulletin+
        • Named a “Rising Star” in the 2014 and 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers

        Professional Affiliations

        • The Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts
          • Member
        • Boston Bar Association
          • Member
        • Massachusetts Bar Association
          • Member
        • International Council of Shopping Centers
        • Urban Land Institute
          • Member

        Community Activities

        • Southcoast Health System
          • The Southcoast President’s Council, Member
        • Tabor Academy
          • Headmaster’s Council
        • Town of Holliston
          • Zoning Board of Appeals, Member

        Representative Transactions

        • Represented buyers and sellers of real estate in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including sale-leaseback transactions and tax-free exchanges.
        • Represented regional and national developers of commercial real estate projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including assistance with land control, parcel assemblage and obtaining zoning, wetlands, subdivision and other governmental permits and approvals.
        • Represented developers of affordable housing projects throughout Massachusetts, including projects under Chapter 40B.
        • Represented owners and operators of office buildings in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including providing counsel with building operations and tenant-related issues.
        • Represented landlords and tenants nationally in the negotiation of office, retail and industrial leases and coordination of leasing portfolios.
        • Represented lenders and borrowers in the structuring and closing of several complex construction, interim and permanent mortgage loans in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
        • Represented lenders and borrowers with several specialty loan transactions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including bond issuance and tax credit financings.
        • Represented creditors and debtors with non-performing asset portfolios, including negotiating work-out strategies and foreclosures.
        • Represented shareholders of several corporations in the purchase and sale of stock or corporate assets.
        • Represented various companies in diverse industries in Massachusetts and Rhode Island as outside general counsel, including providing assistance with day-to-day operational issues, management and strategic planning. 

        Representative Publications

        Representative Speaking Engagements