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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        Joshua D. Xavier
        Joshua defends employers in courts and administrative agencies in actions concerning wage and hour disputes, discrimination claims, noncompete enforcement and other claims. He also counsels employers on a variety of employment related topics, such as handbooks, terminations, harassment complaints, leave acts, overtime payment, and misclassification claims.

        Joshua has litigation experience representing employees in cases involving wage and hour claims, claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, misclassification, joint employment, and for unemployment benefits. Joshua also holds experience practicing general business litigation and civil rights litigation. He has served as a judicial law clerk in the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk Department, drafting numerous judicial decisions involving various areas of law, including employment discrimination and unemployment benefits.

        While attending law school, Joshua served as both a Judicial Intern for the Honorable John J. McConnell, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island as well as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Joshua served as a legal intern with the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island and as a legal intern with the Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense/Housing Law Clinic of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. Joshua was elected President of the Multi-Cultural Law Students Association and was awarded a scholarship as one of only two Public Interest Scholars in his class at Roger Williams University School of Law.


        • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
          •  Moot Court Team
        • New York University, B.S.

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Rhode Island
        • US District Court, Rhode Island
        • US Circuit Court, Rhode Island
        • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

        Practice Areas

        Professional Affiliations

        • Rhode Island Bar Association
        • Merit Selection Panel for The United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island (2020)

        Community Activities

        • Rhode Island Center for Justice, Board Member
        • Roger Williams University School of Law
          • Pro Bono Collaborative, ACI Medium Security Civil Legal Clinic
          • Pro Bono Collaborative, Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJ) Project (2019 - Present)

        Representative Cases

        • Litigation experience involving a collective action brought by seventy-two employees arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act alleging unpaid overtime compensation.
        • Litigation experience involving claims made by independent contractors alleging joint employment and misclassification.
        • Litigation experience in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit with respect to cases involving the enforceability of an employer’s arbitration agreement alleged to be unenforceable for lack of consideration.

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