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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        René P. Moniz

        René is an experienced civil litigator who represents individuals and corporate clients in a broad array of matters, including disputes involving contracts, real estate, zoning, land use, construction, employment (including sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and wage and hour claims), insurance, trademark infringement, trusts and estates, and product liability.

        Education

        • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
        • University of Tampa, B.S., magna cum laude

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Massachusetts
        • Rhode Island
        • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
        • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island
        • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit

        Practice Areas

        Professional Affiliations

        • Massachusetts Bar Association
        • New Bedford Bar Association
        • Rhode Island Bar Association
        • Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association
          • Member, Community Engagement Committee

        Honors

        Community Activities

        • Buttonwood Park Zoological Society
          • Secretary, Board of Directors
          • Chair, Board of Development Committee
          • Member, Fundraising and Events Committee
        • Southcoast Business Alliance
          • Member, Board of Directors
          • Co-Chair, Oktoberfest
        • New Bedford Chamber of Commerce
          • Member
        • Southcoast Young Professional Network
          • Member
        • Reach Out and Read
          • Volunteer
        • Weweantic Neighborhood Association, Wareham
          • Lukey Park Rehabilitation Project - Obtained $175,000 in Community Preservation Funds to rehabilitate 4-acre site into a multi-use community park.
        • M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program, a joint program by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts and the Boston Bar Association
          • Volunteer Presenter

        Representative Cases

        René has successfully:
        • Obtained favorable settlement for a business owner in an insurance coverage dispute in a matter concerning a broken water main in Boston.
        • Obtained favorable settlement for entertainment club owner in a trademark dispute over the club's logo.
        • Obtained favorable settlement for a business in a case concerning violation of the Massachusetts Sales Representative Act for unpaid sales commissions.
        • Achieved a favorable settlement in a class action lawsuit against a credit union alleging violations of UCC pre and post repossession notice requirements.
        • Defended contractor accused of negligence in the installation of a residential roof.
        • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of contractor in breach of contract claim and enforcement of mechanic’s lien and recovered funds from condominium owner.
        • Achieved favorable settlement for home improvement company accused of violations of the Massachusetts Do Not Call Statute.
        • Obtained dismissal of financial institution accused of violations in the development and construction of condominium units.
        • Obtained judgment in favor of business owner accused of violations of the Massachusetts Wage and Hour Law.
        • Advised corporation in the termination of sales and distribution agreement.
        • Obtained favorable settlements for patients who suffered injuries related to the Composix Kugel Mesh hernia repair patch in state and federal court in Rhode Island.
        • Achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of a national roofing company in a matter concerning negligent installation of commercial roof that involves complex issues regarding building code violations and mandatory flood upgrades.
        • Represented a bank in an insurance coverage dispute concerning a standard mortgagee clause in a maritime case.
        René currently represents:
        • Residential homebuyer in a dispute against seller and real estate agent after fraudulent misrepresentations were made during purchase of home.
        • Educational institute in a matter alleging violations of the Rhode Island Equal Pay Act, Civil Rights Acts and Whistleblowers’ Protection Act.
        • Business owner in a case concerning allegations of defamation, commercial disparagement, tortious interference with contractual relations and invasion of privacy.
        • Automobile dealership in a civil investigation brought by the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General Consumer Protection Division.
        • Business owner in a case alleging trademark infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information.
        • Bank in a class action lawsuit alleging notice violations committed during vehicle repossession.
        • Employers in cases alleging sexual harassment, discrimination, and violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act.
        • Business owner in defending a case filed by a business competitor alleging defamation, invasion of privacy, tortious interference with contractual relations, commercial disparagement and a 93A claim.
        • Multiple business owners in trademark cancellation proceedings filed with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.