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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        Douglas B. Otto

        Doug is an experienced, broad-based litigator and trial attorney who concentrates his practice in complex business and commercial law, including the prosecution and defense of federal and common law copyright, trademark and patent infringement claims. Doug has a proven track record of successfully litigating claims based in unfair competition, fraud and antitrust violations, false advertising, theft of trade secrets, invasions of privacy and the misappropriation of confidential and proprietary business information. He defends product and equipment manufacturers and has a wide array of clients from the life sciences, pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech, energy and technology-based industries. Doug has tried cases to both judge and jury, across numerous state and federal court jurisdictions, and has presented oral argument to our Nation's 2nd highest court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. He has experience before various federal and state administrative agencies; and, he has successfully arbitrated matters arising out of private sector disputes.

        Doug's litigation and transactional experience extends to matters of commercial finance, secured lending, workouts, venture capital, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, shareholder disputes and issues of lender liability involving both private and commercial lenders. His bankruptcy practice focuses on creditors’ rights and representing creditors in the context of business reorganizations. Doug’s creditor-side representation in contested matters is geared toward protecting secured claims and other priority interests.

        In addition, Doug acts as outside general counsel to his clients, conferring on planning and business initiatives with small, middle-market and larger publicly-held companies. He is fully committed to finding practical solutions that meet the business needs of his clients. Doug manages risk and provides counsel on matters involving corporate governance; employment policy; commercial drafting; financing; and the validity of patents, trademarks and copyrights. Doug is a frequent guest lecturer before various business and industry trade groups.


        • New England School of Law, J.D.
        • University of Michigan, B.A.

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Massachusetts
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
        • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
        • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

        Practice Areas


        • AV® Preeminent Rated from Martindale-Hubbell, highest possible rating on both legal ability and ethics based upon the confidential opinion of peers and judges 

        Professional Affiliations

        • Boston Bar Association
        • Massachusetts Bar Association

        Representative Transactions

        Complex Business and Commercial Law

        • Successful client representation in numerous contract, business, shareholder and partnership disputes involving financial institutions; insurance agencies; real estate and investment companies; construction trades; product manufacturers; and, technology companies.
        • Obtained summary judgement on behalf of drug-testing company and corporate officers against claims of anti-competitive behavior and unfair competition.
        • Successful representation of plaintiffs and defendants in Lanham Act false advertising, trade secret, unfair competition, tortious interference and other business tort litigation.
        • Obtained $1.2 million judgment on behalf of 4 plaintiffs in federal case involving fraudulent investment solicitation and violations of the RICO Act.
        • Obtained dismissal of antitrust and attempted monopolization claims in cases involving telecom company and medical device manufacturer.
        • Successful defense of warranty, fraud and breach of contract claims against product manufacturers.
        • Obtained dismissal of claims against large public utility company in Massachusetts superfund cost recovery action involving 35-acre parcel in Boston/Everett.
        • Co-counsel in complex class action defense of national roofing company against claims of defective shingles.

        Copyright, Trademark and Patent Infringement

        • Successful prosecution and defense of numerous patent, trademark and copyright infringement actions. Client representation includes litigation of licensing disputes.
        • Obtained consent agreement, compensatory damages and attorney’s fees, for plaintiff healthcare technology provider in computer source code federal copyright action.
        • Lead counsel appearing before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals representing a biotech company in a patent dispute involving p63 technology used to diagnose prostate cancer.
        • Obtained permanent injunction on behalf of robotics company against competitor in federal copyright action securing proprietary technology solutions, software codes and numerous government research proposals.

        Banks, Bankruptcy and Restructuring

        • Successful defense of numerous creditors across multiple jurisdictions in bankruptcy adversary proceedings for avoidance of preferential and fraudulent transfers and conveyances, including representation in some of the nation’s largest bankruptcy proceedings, such as WorldCom; Allegiance Telecom; XO Communications; MicroAge; Enron; Global Crossing; CIT Group; SonicBlue; A.B. Dick; Gitto Global and Eastman Kodak.
        • Successful defense of both bank and private lenders, as well as the FDIC, in numerous lender liability matters defending against claims for breach of implied warranties and contractual covenants, and usury. Clients have also included plaintiff-borrowers at the state and federal court level, as well as in loan workouts and restructurings.

        Product Liability

        • Successful defense of national client companies against product liability claims resulting in fire, injury and death involving consumer and commercial appliances; sporting goods; and heavy machinery.

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