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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        William R. Moorman, Jr.

        Bill concentrates his practice in general business law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and finance transactions, real estate, commercial litigation and insolvency matters, including workouts, bankruptcies and business reorganizations.  His local and national business clients have included financial institutions, landlords, purchasers of distressed real estate and business assets, venture capitalists, real estate developers, hotels, franchisors, environmental services businesses, information technology companies, retailers, manufacturers, restaurants, health care businesses, senior executives of public companies, doctors and attorneys.

        Bill is also the Chair of the Firm’s Cannabis Advisory Practice, specializing in the intersection between marijuana laws and other areas of law, including commercial and residential real estate, capital raising, financing and other business matters.


        • Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
        • Boston University Law Review, Member and Editor
        • Colby College, B.A.

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Massachusetts
        • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

        Practice Areas


        • AV® Preeminent Rated from Martindale-Hubbell, highest possible rating on both legal ability and ethics based upon the confidential opinion of peers and judges
        • Recognized by Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of Bankruptcy and Restructuring
        • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2018 as an expert in bankruptcy law, creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law
        • Repeatedly recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics and Boston Magazine

        Professional Affiliations

        • Massachusetts Bar Association
        • Boston Bar Association
          • Bankruptcy Section
        • American Bar Association
        • American Bankruptcy Institute
        • Turnaround Management Association
        • Family Business Association

        Community Activities

        • Sudbury Youth Soccer Coach
        • The Bulfinch Group Charitable Foundation
        • Charles River Country Club

        Representative Transactions

        • Represents clients in complex mergers and acquisitions, chapter 11 reorganizations and related bankruptcy litigation, transactions and distressed asset acquisitions.
        • Represents lenders and borrowers in the negotiation and documentation of loan workouts and restructurings. 
        • Represents real estate developers, landlords and other business entities in various transactions and other matters related to marijuana laws.
        • Represents family businesses and partnerships in internal disputes.
        • Represents companies in employment, non-competition and severance related matters.
        • Represents regional sub-franchisor in automotive care industry.
        • Represents 8(a) small business environmental services company.
        • Represents regional life, disability, group insurance and financial services agency.
        • Represented a facilitator of educational and patient financing in a $140 million acquisition.
        • Represented a public relations company in merger negotiations.
        • Represented purchaser of Ft. Devens, MA real estate and equipment assets in Evergreen Solar chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
        • Represented equipment leasing company in litigation involving defaulted master equipment leases.
        • Represented Official Committee of Retirees in United Shoe Machinery chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
        • Represented Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in NordicTrack chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
        • Represented Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in large Maine paper mill chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
        • Represented Chief Executive Officer of multi-national public company in securities class action and director and officer liability litigation.

        Representative Publications

        Representative Speaking Engagements