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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        Travis J. McDermott

        Travis’s practice encompasses both litigation and regulatory matters. He focuses his litigation practice on representing clients in business litigation before the state and federal courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and his regulatory practice includes representing clients in banking, insurance, cannabis, and environmental matters.

        Travis’s litigation practice includes complex commercial disputes, employment, land use and zoning, and environmental matters. He provides practical, cost-effective advice to clients with environmental and land issues, including advising and representing clients on compliance, planning, site remediation and redevelopment, and cost recovery litigation. He defends regulated entities in contested matters before the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation and in civil cases in both state and federal court.

        Because his practice involves both individuals and large companies, Travis has familiarity with and uses a variety of different tools for cost-effectively managing large and small litigation. This is most especially useful in the complex discovery that often accompanies complex commercial and environmental litigation, including electronic discovery and the use of technology to manage production and document review.

        Prior to joining Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP, Travis was an associate at the New York offices of Latham & Watkins LLP. Travis grew up in Rhode Island and was formerly a technical writer and sales consultant at a Rhode Island automation and technology company.


        • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
        • Pepperdine Law Review, Business and Production Editor
        • Pepperdine University Straus Institute, Master of Dispute Resolution
        • Seton Hall University, B.A., magna cum laude

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • New York
        • Massachusetts
        • Rhode Island
        • U.S. Federal District Court, New York
        • U.S. Federal District Court, Massachusetts

        Practice Areas


        • Named a Rhode Island Super LawyersRising Star” (2013-2019)

        Professional Affiliations

        • Massachusetts Bar Association
        • New York State Bar Association
        • American Bar Association
        • Rhode Island Bar Association

        Boards and Community Activities

        • Governor's Insurance Coucil
          • Appointed by Governor Raimondo, 2019
        • Children's Friend
          • Planning Committee Volunteer
        • Common Cause Rhode Island
          • Policy Steering Committee
        • Financial Services Professionals
          • Board Member, Rhode Island Chapter
        • Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association
          • Compliance Committee

        Representative Publications