RIG is led by a team with decades of experience in all aspects of restaurant development and operations management.
Dan Dain is the President of Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C., a boutique real estate law firm. A trial lawyer, he provides commercial and real estate clients with dispute resolution services, either through litigation or negotiation, and advises clients on dispute avoidance and risk management. His clients include tenants, landlords and developers in the restaurant industry. Prior to founding Dain Torpy, Dan worked as a commercial litigator in the Boston office of Goodwin Procter where he co-chaired the real estate and land use litigation practice group.
Ed Doyle is the President of RealFood Consulting and RFC Healthcare Hospitality Solutions, providing expertise in restaurant development and operations nationally and abroad, and now within the national healthcare industry. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and in his 31 years in the industry has held positions in all aspects of the industry including Director of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef of the Seaport Hotel in Boston. He has been recognized for his talents in publications ranging from Esquire to Restaurant Business. RealFood has played a key role in bringing countless restaurants to market, including Ribelle, Kirkland Tap & Trotter, and Craigie on Main.
Charles Le Ray, also a founder of Dain Torpy, represents real estate developers and property owners in complex land use, development, regulatory compliance, and environmental matters. Previously a member of Goodwin Procter’s Real Estate Development and Permitting Practice Group, he also has years of experience as a business and management consultant, including work for McKinsey & Company in Paris. Charles is an avid amateur chef with weekends devoted to modernist cuisine, and has attended courses at the Culinary Institute of America, Cambridge Culinary, and in Orvieto, Italy.
Michael Staub provides financial and real estate services to restaurants in the Boston area and beyond, giving them the necessary tools for launching, running, expanding, and restructuring their business. He has counseled over 70 restaurants, among them the most visible and successful in the industry, including L’Espalier, Craigie on Main, Kirkland Tap & Trotter, Bronwyn, Ribelle, and Commonwealth. More information about Michael is available at mstaub.com
Josef Volman is a partner at Burns and Levinson, LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s Business Law Department. Joe has significant experience in public offerings, securities compliance, buying and selling private and public companies, fund formation, and private and public equity transactions. He has represented chef-owned restaurants including Radius, Via Matta, Alta Strada, as well as regional and national restaurant franchises including Qdoba Mexican Grill and Starbucks’ baked goods supplier.
Don Wiest is also a founder of Dain Torpy. His practice is focused on complex zoning and permitting issues. Don served for five years as Land Use Counsel to the Boston Redevelopment Authority and has worked with national law firms Kirkland & Ellis and Hale & Dorr over his 18-year career. His clients include developers and operators in the hospitality industry, and he is deeply committed to the food and agriculture communities in and around Boston, previously serving as the President, and now as Vice-President, of the Boston Public Market Association.
Michael McDermott is a Director at the Restaurant Investment Group. Michael oversees day-to-day operations of the organization and leads all investor, chef-applicant, and media outreach. Michael is an attorney at Dain Torpy focused on commercial litigation. He is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Cornell University.