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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        Michael A. Gamboli

        Michael’s employment practice focuses on risk management and litigation. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to minimizing the risks arising out of human resource decisions and conflicts, and consults with clients on a daily basis on wage and hour, employee discipline, leaves of absence, termination and general employment disputes.  In addition to having over 25 years’ experience litigating general business disputes, Michael has extensive employment litigation experience, and has defended claims in multiple state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies involving claims of gender, age, race, disability and national origin discrimination, sexual harassment, WARN Act violation, breach of employment contract and whistleblower retaliation.  He has defended numerous wage and hour overtime and misclassification claims (including class action claims) and has guided many clients on Department of Labor and Attorney General investigations.  Michael has extensive experience in the negotiation, drafting and implementation of employment contracts, executive compensation agreements, non-competition agreements, employment policies and handbooks, voluntary separation programs, and separation agreements, and has defended and prosecuted numerous lawsuits concerning non-competition agreements and trade secrets.  He has acted as a mediator on a variety of employment related disputes, bringing his expertise and practical sensibilities to bear in assisting parties in resolving pending court proceedings. 


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

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Rhode Island
        • Massachusetts

        Practice Areas


        Professional Affiliations

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


        • 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.

        Representative Publications

        Representative Speaking Engagements



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