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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        Alex F. Mattera
        Alex focuses his practice on all aspects of commercial bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, insolvency, business reorganization, and creditor and debtor rights. His representation includes secured creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees, debtors, and other parties-in-interest in bankruptcy and related proceedings. He is a frequent panelist on behalf of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Boston Bar Association and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

        Early in his career, Alex served as law clerk to the Honorable James F. Queenan, Jr., former Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.


        • Boston College Law School, J.D.
        • University of Rhode Island, B.A., cum laude
        • Boston University, M.A.

        Bar Memberships & Admissions

        • Massachusetts
        • New Hampshire
        • Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
        • Supreme Court of New Hampshire
        • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
        • U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire
        • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
        • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
        • United Supreme Court

        Practice Areas


        • Distinguished rating from Martindale-Hubbell, based upon the confidential opinion of peers and judges.
        • Boston Magazine, "Rising Star", 2005-2012
        • M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program volunteer
        • Pro Bono Publico recognition from United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts

        Professional Affiliations

        • Boston Bar Association
          • Steering Committee (2006 - present)
          • Co-Chair, Education Committee (2013 - 2015)
          • Co-Chair, Practice and Procedures Committee (2011-2013)
          • Co-Chair, Membership Committee (2006-2008)
        • New Hampshire Bar Association
        • American Bankruptcy Institute
          • Steering Committee
        • Turnaround Management Association
        • ProVisors

        Community Activities

        • Lanesville Congregational Church
          • Chairman, Board of Deacons
          • Treasurer

        Representative Cases and Transactions

        • Negotiates chapter 11 plans of reorganization across multiple industries, including restaurant, manufacturing and retail sectors.
        • Represents mortgagees and secured equipment lenders in chapter 11 reorganizations and sales, chapter 7 liquidations, assignments for the benefit of creditors and receiverships.
        • Represents both single and multi-asset real estate entities in complex financial restructurings.
        • Assists chapter 11 and chapter 7 trustees in administration of bankruptcy proceedings, liquidations of assets, and pursuit of estate claims and causes of action against multiple parties.
        • Represents avoidance action defendants against preferential transfer and fraudulent conveyance claims by bankruptcy trustees and debtors-in-possession.
        • Represents landlord and tenant interests in bankruptcy proceedings.
        • Assists interest holders in closely held corporations, partnerships and family-owned business resolve disputes and ownership issues.
        • Asserts and defend claims of individual creditors in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy state-law insolvency proceedings.
        • Conducts bankruptcy sales on behalf of sellers, including trustees and debtors-in-possession.
        • Represents buyers of assets in bankruptcy and other liquidation sales.
        • Represented Official Committees of Unsecured Creditors in chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

        Representative Publications

        Representative Speaking Engagements

        • Alex Mattera Speaks At 2019 Northeast Bankruptcy Conference & Northeast Consumer Forum
          July 13, 2019
        • Alex F. Mattera Speaks at 35th Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference
          June 7, 2019
        • MCLE Hosts Seminar on LLCs, Nominee Trusts & Other Real Estate Holding Entities
          March 21, 2019



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