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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        Michael A. Gamboli

        Michael advises and defends businesses on all aspects of employment law. His primary focus is partnering with business clients to strategically address employment issues in order to minimize legal risk and impact on business operations. Michael works closely with human resource professionals, in-house counsel, and executives on a daily basis to address potential discrimination, wage and hour, employee discipline, and termination issues. He works with clients on leave of absence issues under traditional leave laws such as the FMLA, ADA, and state sick leave laws, as well as new laws providing for paid leave such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave Act (PFML). Michael also provides guidance and defense to businesses under investigation or being audited by state or federal regulatory agencies such as the EEOC or DOL.

        Michael is currently devoting a significant amount of time to guiding employers through the myriad of COVID-related laws, Executive Orders and regulations, including quarantine and travel restrictions, COVID work policies, medical inquiries and testing, OSHA and whistleblower claims, remote working risks and return-to-work issues. He also has extensive experience negotiating and drafting employment contracts, noncompetition agreements, handbooks, voluntary separation programs, and separation agreements.

        In addition to compliance issues, Michael has over 25 years’ experience defending businesses in state and federal courts (in multiple jurisdictions) and administrative agencies (such as EEOC, RICHR, MCAD) on both individual and class action employment claims, such as claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation, misclassification and wage and hour violations. He has also defended and prosecuted numerous lawsuits concerning the enforcement of noncompetition, nonsolicitation and nondisclosure of trade secrets agreements.

        Education

        • Boston University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
        • Bucknell University, B.S.

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Rhode Island
        • Massachusetts

        Practice Areas

        Honors

        • Benchmark Litigation, 2021 Labor & Employment Star
        • Best Lawyers in America  Lawyer of the Year - Rhode Island Employment Litigation (2018) , Management (2015)
        • Best Lawyers in America – Rhode Island Employment Law, Management (2010 through 2021).
        • Chambers USA – Band 1 Labor & Employment Law (2009 through 2020)
        • Rhode Island Super Lawyers – Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Business Litigation (2009 through 2020)
        • AV® Preeminent Rated from Martindale-Hubbell

        Professional Affiliations

        • Employment Law Alliance (ELA)
          • Member
        • Rhode Island Bar Association
        • Massachusetts Bar Association
        • American Bar Association

        Boards

        • Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
          • Board, Executive Committee Member and Legal Counsel
        • National Kidney Foundation
          • Past Regional Advisor Board Member and Chair
        • Special Olympics Rhode Island
          • Past Board Member
        • Rhode Island Community Food Bank
          • Past Board Member

        Representative Cases

        • Won a precedent setting R.I. Supreme Court case for national jewelry and fine goods corporation establishing that employee manuals including discretionary amendment provisions do not create contractual rights.
        • Obtained federal court summary judgment for worldwide crystal manufacturer against retailer on antitrust, breach of contract and fraud claims.
        • Won federal court trial for state’s dominant workers’ compensation insurance carrier against national competitor on claims of trademark infringement, establishing new precedent on issue of harm in intellectual property infringement actions.
        • Won R.I. Supreme Court decision dismissing disability discrimination claims against national retail chain by former employee.

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