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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        Christopher C. Cassara

        Chris represents clients in the manufacturing, distribution, technology and service industries in a variety of corporate and business matters, including business formations, mergers and acquisitions, contracts and licensing, debt and equity financing, commercial real estate, and franchising.

        He is a frequent lecturer on these topics in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2013, Chris has partnered with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network Conducting Free Legal Clinics for Small Businesses.


        • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
        • Boston College, B.A. Economics, 1992

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Massachusetts, 1996
        • Rhode Island, 1998

        Practice Areas

        Professional Affiliations

        • American Bar Association
          • Franchise Forum
          • Working Group on Legal Opinions
        • Rhode Island Bar Association
          • Business Organizations Committee
        • Massachusetts Bar Association
        • Boston Bar Association

        Community Activities

        • Buttonwood Park Zoological Society
          • Board of Directors
        • Leadership SouthCoast
          • Alumnus
        • New Bedford Youth Court
          • Advocate

        Representative Transactions

        • Advised a multi-generation manufacturer in connection with the sale of its business to an international publicly-traded entity.
        • Represent entrepreneurs regarding business formation, intellectual property, licensing and financing matters.
        • Represent franchise owners in connection with structuring, acquisition, real estate and development matters.
        • Negotiate and manage insurance agency sales and acquisition transactions.