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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        Jeffrey H. Gladstone

        Jeff has a breadth of experience in civil litigation matters with an emphasis on land use, construction, creditors' rights, regulatory, and property tax related issues. He has represented financial institutions both as plaintiff and defendant in a wide variety of civil actions in Rhode Island and Massachusetts Courts. These lawsuits have involved defending financial institutions against borrowers’ claims under both state and federal lending laws as well as representing lenders in claims against defaulting borrowers.

        In addition to his commercial/business related litigation practice, Jeff works closely with developers and other property owners in analyzing land use projects, identifying necessary approvals and permits and conducting administrative hearings to obtain required permitting and approvals.

        Education

        • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude Editor, Suffolk University Law Review
        • University of Vermont, B.A.
        • Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Donald F. Shea, Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Rhode Island Bar Association
        • Massachusetts Bar Association
        • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island
        • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

        Practice Areas

        Honors

        • Recognized in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business for his work in the real estate area
        • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Land Use & Zoning Law
        • Recognized as a Litigation Star by Benchmark: Litigation, a Guide to America's Leading Business Litigation Firms and Attorneys
        • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Rhode Island Super Lawyers
        • Recognized by Providence Hebrew Day School for his commitment to the Jewish community of Rhode Island and the numerous organizations to which he dedicates his time and financial support

        Professional Affiliations

        • Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association
        • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
        • Rhode Island Bar Association
          • Municipal Law Committee
          • Fee Arbitration Committee
        • Massachusetts Bar Association
        • American Bar Association
          • Construction Law Forum, Litigation
          • Section of Public Contract Law
        • American Bankruptcy Institute

        Community Activities

        • The East Greenwich Track Club
          • Board Member
        • The Odeum Corporation
          • Former Board Member & President
        • Jewish Community Day School, Rhode Island
          • President’s Council
        • Temple Emanuel
          • Board of Directors, Former Member
        • Diabetes Foundation of Rhode Island, Inc.
          • Past Chairman of the Board, Legal Counsel
        • Jewish Federation of Rhode Island
          • Board of Directors, Former Member
          • Community Day School Task Force

        Representative Cases

        • Successfully defended a challenge to the authority of a national mortgage registration entity to exercise all the rights of a mortgagee in Rhode Island.
        • Successfully defended both residential and commercial lenders in Massachusetts and Rhode Island trials brought by defaulting borrowers claiming both common law and statutory lending violations.
        • Successfully argued a number of the major land use cases in the Rhode Island Supreme Court, including cases involving the scope of a municipality’s jurisdiction as it relates to coastal waters, major property tax and zoning issues, and the scope of municipal redevelopment agencies’ authority.
        • Represented the condemning authority in one of the largest land takings in the State of Rhode Island’s history.
        • Successfully represented the State of Rhode Island in a Federal Court challenge to tolling of a major bridge spanning the East Bay Passage under the Federal Anti-Tolling Act and National Environmental Protection Act.
        • Obtained zoning relief and permits for some of the largest recent developments in the State of Rhode Island.
        • Successfully tried a number of major cases relating to private property rights, state procurement, and other complex commercial and business related litigation.
        • Represented The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, in the first contested rate hearing in over a decade, establishing tariffs for natural gas rates for commercial and residential natural gas customers.
        • Represented Rhode Island Public Building Authority in construction contracting and dispute resolution matters.