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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        David M. Gilden

        David is a transactional lawyer with substantial experience as counsel on mergers and acquisitions for companies in a wide range of industries. He also represents developers, owners, financial institutions, manufacturers, and other entities in all aspects of commercial real estate law.

        David represents privately held business organizations involved in manufacturing, distribution, insurance, and a variety of other industries. He has extensive experience providing advice regarding transactions, shareholder agreements, buy and sell agreements, producer and other employment agreements, business valuations, and related issues.

        In his work with insurance agencies, David handles operational issues as well as transactions, including restructuring ownership interests, resolving family generational issues, negotiating producer contracts, managing shareholder buyouts, negotiating and closing purchases, sales and mergers of agencies, and representing agencies with respect to real estate, both owned and leased. He currently represents several agencies in all of their legal matters, many of which are located in Massachusetts.

        David has more than 34 years' experience representing national and regional financial institutions in asset based, working capital and other credit facilities. He regularly serves as counsel in commercial real estate transactions involving acquisition and development financing, as well as construction lending for substantial projects, complex land development, project construction, and represents owners and acquirers of office buildings, shopping centers and apartment building purchase and sale transactions. He represents developers, owners, financial institutions, manufacturers, and other entities in all aspects of commercial real estate law.


        • Boston University, J.D.
        • Brown University, B.A.

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Rhode Island
        • Massachusetts
        • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island

        Practice Areas


        Professional Affiliations

        • Rhode Island Bar Association
          • Business Organizations Committee
        • Massachusetts Bar Association
        • American Bar Association

        Community Activities

        • Centreville Bank
          • Director
        • Crossroads Rhode Island
          • Director and Member of Executive Committee
        • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
          • Legal Counsel
        • Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Foundation
          • Legal Counsel
        • Providence Mutual Fire Insurance Company
          • Director
        • White Family Foundation
          • Board of Directors
        • Rhode Island Philharmonic
          • Former Director

        Representative Transactions

        • Represented manufacturing company in financing of major acquisition.
        • Represented management in management buyout of insurance agency.
        • Represented several insurance agencies in transactions, including acquisitions of agencies and shareholder buyouts.
        • Represented shareholders of several corporations in sale of stock.
        • Represented manufacturing companies in restructuring of operations.
        • Represented several acquirers of Class A office buildings in downtown Providence.
        • Represented owner of multiple office buildings in several real estate projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
        • Represented investor in construction and development financing of an upscale, regional mall with over one million square feet of premier retail space.
        • Represented developer group in rehabilitation of major commercial properties in Rhode Island.
        • Represented developers of mixed-use projects in Rhode Island.
        • Represented manufacturer in plant expansion, including real estate acquisitions and permitting.
        • Represented owners of Class A office buildings in Providence in leasing and tenant issues.
        • Represented lenders in several complex construction loans in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
        • Represented lenders in several construction and development loans for construction of shopping centers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
        • Represented purchasers of large apartment complexes.