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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        Christian F. Capizzo

        Recognized for his ability to unify disparate groups and facilitate change, Christian concentrates his practice in the areas of environmental and energy law, land use, civil litigation, and public sector/governmental services. With over 15 years of experience, Christian is uniquely positioned to navigate clients throughout New England through the complex ever-changing world where environmental regulation and business intersect. His experience includes a diverse range of complex environmental matters including enforcement, regulatory and compliance issues, renewable energy projects, real estate development, environmental remediation including brownfields, construction and contractor claims, coastal permitting and waterfront property rights. He has represented clients before the Coastal Resources Management Council, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, the Energy Facility Siting Board, the Rhode Island Contractor’s Registration and Licensing Board and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

        He has represented landowners and project developers in real estate transactions, renewable energy development deals, and financing transactions associated with these projects. He plays an integral role evaluating and mitigating environmental risks relating to development projects and business transactions, as well as providing key strategy on renewable energy projects.

        Christian served in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office where he had a proven track record of successfully litigating high profile criminal and civil cases. He led the Environmental Crimes Task Force, handling litigation on environmental issues impacting Rhode Island. Christian worked closely with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management as outside legal counsel handling enforcement matters, drafting legislation, and negotiating diverse environmental matters. Christian has also worked closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Department of Agriculture and various state agencies and attorney generals throughout the United States.

        Christian is nationally recognized for developing and implementing environmental training programs and is a sought after presenter on a myriad of topics with a focus on emerging and complex environmental issues and trends.


        • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
        • Providence College, B.A.

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Rhode Island
        • Massachusetts
        • District of Columbia

        Practice Areas

        Professional Affiliations

        • Rhode Island Bar Association
        • Massachusetts Bar Association
        • Real Estate Nexus Training Academy
        • Environmental Business Council, New England, Inc.
          • Rhode Island Leadership Team

        Community Activities

        • Audubon Society of RI
          • Executive Committee
          • Properties Acquisition Committee
          • Chair, Legislative & Policy Committee
          • Board Member
        • RI Special Olympics
          • Unified Soccer Partner & Coach

        Representative Transactions

        • Represented non-profit corporation in Rhode Island to successfully permit affordable housing redevelopment before local planning board.
        • Represented renewable energy developer in Massachusetts and Rhode Island before zoning and planning boards for permitting and approval of large scale solar projects. 
        • Represented private landowner before CRMC to successfully permit a complex residential dock and dwelling.
        • Represented renewable energy developer before Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission on declaratory judgment action. 
        • Represented renewable energy developers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the structuring and negotiation of solar leases, PILOT agreements, interconnection service agreements and net metering financing agreements/power purchase agreements.
        • Represented developer before Rhode Island DEM to obtain permit for the large scale onsite waste treatment systems. 
        • Represented developers before Rhode Island DEM to obtain resolution of notice of violations related to wetlands, solid waste, hazardous waste, water and air violations. 

        Representative Publications

        Representative Speaking Engagements



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