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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        Since 2000, Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP has continued a pro bono initiative to encourage employees to volunteer through the PSH Philanthropic Program to benefit clients of Children's Friend, the oldest child centered charity in Rhode Island.

        No endeavors are more rewarding to us than those we do on behalf of our nonprofit clients. In 2000, we launched the PSH Philanthropic Program, a firm-wide initiative aimed to encourage employee volunteerism. The program focused on Children's Friend (CFS), an organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged Rhode Island children thrive. Taking a multi-pronged approach, the PSH Philanthropic Program provided aid to CFS in three ways. First, we provided pro bono legal services for CFS clients regarding a number of demanding issues, including custody, adoption and government benefits. Second, we adopted a CFS family for a full year, providing food, utility assistance, clothing, birthday presents and cake, and back-to-school supplies. Finally, we rallied our entire staff behind drives for new and used clothing, books and household items. What's more, our support staff, paralegals and attorneys got involved firsthand. We purchased, prepared, hosted and served a spaghetti supper for CFS clients. We provided childcare and children's entertainment. We coordinated educational programs focused on health and safety issues.

        In 2003, PSH received the Community Involvement Award from the Providence Business News Business Excellence Awards Committee for our charitable efforts.

        Fourteen years after its inception, the program is still going strong.

        Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP leads pro bono collaborative pilot project with the Roger Williams University School of Law.

        Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP is partnering with The Roger Williams University School of Law and nonprofit provider Casey Family Services to create a Special Education Advocacy Project to provide legal rights training and assistance to families that adopt at-risk foster children with special educational needs. The firm is committing approximately $75,000 of yearly legal services to this Project, and our team of attorneys currently includes Michael Gamboli, David Pellegrino and Devon Villarreal

        Casey Family Services is a nonprofit family service agency committed to improving the lives of at risk children, offering services relating to foster care, post adoption, family support, and school to career opportunities. Casey was started by the Casey brothers, the founders of United Parcel Service (UPS). Casey has a facility in South Providence, Rhode Island and also operates in a number of other states. Of particular concern to Casey is securing appropriate educational accommodations for adopted students with special needs. Often these students, while in foster care, have advocates appointed and paid for by the State of Rhode Island. However, once these children are adopted they lose this help, and the economic circumstances of many adopting families make it virtually impossible for these children to receive the needed services. Of even greater concern is that most adopting families are ill equipped to navigate the legal and administrative maze of special needs rights and individual educational plans (IEPs).

        PSH, with assistance from law students from Roger Williams and the valuable resources of Casey, is determined to eradicate any inequities in this system. PSH attorneys will be working on a weekly basis with Casey and Roger Williams to advocate for children with special needs, and will take an active role in attending group meetings and IEP meetings with school officials. If necessary, PSH attorneys will provide pro bono representation to these children and their families in mediation or court proceedings. In addition, PSH attorneys and Roger Williams law students are designing and will be presenting workshops for parents to ensure that they are familiar with their legal and educational rights.

        PSH is very excited about this collaboration and for being chosen by Roger Williams to be a leader in marshalling the combined talents and resources of the legal community, law school and non-profit providers to address important social needs of the citizens of Rhode Island. 

        Supporting charitable organizations is central to the mission of the firm.