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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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Luca + Danni

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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        Howard  Merten

        Howard is Managing Partner of the Firm.

        He represents businesses, financial services institutions and individuals in complex civil litigation. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, insurance, products liability, media, and intellectual property matters.

        Howard is a Past President of Defense Counsel of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island State Legal Defense Organization affiliated with Defense Research Institute. Howard is an active member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, whose membership is limited to select attorneys who have displayed achievement in their field and leadership in the practice of law. He is also a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honor society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

         

        Education

        • Boston University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1984
        • Princeton University, B.A., cum laude, 1981

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Rhode Island, 1984
        • Massachusetts, 2006
        • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island, 1985
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, 1991

        Practice Areas

        Honors

        Professional Affiliations

        • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
          • Past Member of Board of Directors
        • Defense Counsel of Rhode Island, Past President
        • Litigation Counsel of America
          • Fellow
        • Defense Research Institute
          • Product Liability, Insurance Law and Commercial Litigation Committees
        • Rhode Island Bar Association
          • Rhode Island Federal Bench Bar Committee
        • American Bar Association
          • Litigation Section

        Community Activities

        • Roger Williams University School of Law
          • Board of Directors
        • Rhode Island Zoological Society
          • Board of Directors, Vice Chair

        Representative Cases

        • Obtained dismissal of multi-million dollar arbitration claim against the State of Rhode Island in dispute over Tobacco Manufacturers Settlement Agreement.
        • Successfully recovered real estate and personalty valued at several millions of dollars from fiduciary alleged to have had improperly transferred assets from his siblings to his children over many years.
        • Lead counsel for local beer distributor sued for sponsorship claims in multiple suits filed following The Station Nightclub fire.
        • Obtained dismissal on eve of trial of biotech company sued over removal of high-tech equipment that landlord claimed were “fixture”.
        • Defended National restaurant chain against dram shop claims brought by representatives of severely injured child.
        • Obtained judgment for a chemical manufacturer alleged to have supplied contaminated chemicals that destroyed a jewelry manufacturing business.
        • Successfully defended a gas detector manufacturer against claims that its equipment failed, causing an explosion which severely injured plaintiffs.
        • Obtained a multimillion dollar judgment against, and helped federal authorities convict, a group of conspirators who diverted millions of premium dollars collected from independent truckers.
        • Obtained a judgment declaring that the Rhode Island campaign finance statutes respecting referenda were unconstitutional.
        • Convinced a federal district court to withdraw an order against a local newspaper because it was an unconstitutional prior restraint.
        • Recovered clean-up costs and other damages for biotech company from designer of tank alarm system which failed, causing environmental contamination.
        • Acted as liaison for the Media Committee formed by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island during a high profile criminal trial.