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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        Joseph H. Matzkin

        Joe concentrates his practice in general corporate matters, business transactions and financing, formation of business entities, corporate finance, stock and acquisition and sale transactions, real estate transactions and developments.  He advises clients regarding shareholder agreements, insurance arrangements, general contract matters, employment relationships, operating agreements, buy-sell agreements and transition planning.  Joe also advises clients regarding estate planning and estate administration.

        Joe’s clients are involved in various business enterprises including the manufacturing and service industries, restaurants, food and beverage concessions, motion picture theater operation and development, commercial development and real estate construction.

        He is a frequent speaker on topics relating to the startup and financing of restaurants and all matters associated therewith.

        Prior to joining the Firm, Joe was a partner at Looney & Grossman LLP, Boston, Massachusetts, from 1994 until 2015, managing partner for 6 years and a member of the management committee for 12 years.  From 1975 until 1994, Joe was a member of Roberts, Newman & Katz, PA.

        Education

        • Boston University School of Law, J.D.
        • Bates College, B.A.
          • Class President

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Massachusetts
        • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts

        Practice Areas

        Honors

        • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2012 - 2016
        • Boston Magazine Top Restaurant Lawyer, 2004

        Professional Affiliations

        • Boston Bar Association
          • Estate Planning, Corporate and Real Estate Law Sections
        • Massachusetts Bar Association
          • Estate Planning, Corporate and Real Estate Law Sections
          • Volunteer Lawyers to the Arts Panel 
        • American Bar Association
          • Estate Planning, Corporate and Real Estate Law Sections
        • Massachusetts Conveyancers Association
        • Massachusetts Restaurant Association

        Community Activities

        • Bates College
          • Trustee Emeritus
          • Cheney Society
        • Beth Israel Hospital
          • Cardio Vascular Advisory Committee and Sub-Board of Directors Standing Committee
        • City of Newton, Youth Sports
          • Former Director, Coach, and Officer
        • Boston Guild of Oenophilists
          • Director

        Representative Transactions

        • Advised restaurant startup operation from inception in licensing, lease negotiation, funding, employment matters and opening.
        • Advised advertising, public relations and promotions company as to all aspects of its business operations throughout the United States and Canada.
        • Represented public amusement and sports arena food and beverage concession-company in concession operations throughout the United States.
        • Structured and advised liquidation of construction subcontractor.
        • Represented individual in significant estate planning and then administration of decedent’s estate including utilization of qualified personal resident’s trust, charitable remainder unitrust and full qualified marital trust planning.
        • Represented multi-unit restaurant operation as to funding and lease negotiations.