Case Studies

Cambrooke Foods, LLC

Helping a family-owned business grow


Cambrooke Foods was in a state of rapid-growth. The start-up--founded and based in Framingham, Massachusetts, by the parents of two children with PKU--had discovered an untapped market niche for low-protein and medical-specialty food products.

The company was dealing with a variety of growth issues, including new contracts with suppliers, distributors, employees and customers. Cambrooke was also quickly outgrowing its space.


Cambrooke turned to C. Forbes Sargent at Sherin and Lodgen in 2001 to protect the company's interests in increasingly complex partnerships with suppliers and distributors. Since then, our attorneys have:

  • Advised Cambrooke on potential joint ventures and strategic matters
  • Developed employment policies and procedures
  • Drafted employment and consulting contracts
  • Assisted the company with numerous employment-related issues
  • Provided general corporate advice and counsel

Sherin and Lodgen has also addressed copyright and trademark issues related to Cambrooke's products. These patent-pending formulations blend amino acids to produce metabolic formulas and low-protein food products for people with inborn errors of protein metabolism and renal disease. Cambrooke's products are administered under medical supervision for patients with proven PKU, MSUD, TYR, and HCU. Our copyright and trademark attorneys also assisted with Cambrooke's Web site and drafted distribution agreements, non-disclosure agreements and other contracts.

More recently, we have assisted with Cambrooke's expansion plans for a manufacturing facility and offices of up to 65,000 sq. ft. on 3.2 acres in the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone in Harvard, Massachusetts. Our attorneys introduced the company to potential funding sources, negotiated the property acquisition documents, and addressed complex environmental issues that often arise with redevelopment of former military facilities.


Throughout a seven-year relationship, our attorneys have provided general business and employment law advice to Cambrooke Foods on day-to-day business issues. During this period, the company grew from eight to 27 employees and increased revenues by 1500 percent.

Others have noticed Cambrooke's successes. The Smaller Business Association of New England presented the company with a 2008 New England Innovation Award. C. Forbes Sargent, chair of our corporate law department, nominated the company. The judges, including venture capitalists, lawyers, consultants and bankers, selected Cambrooke from among 160 nominees and 15 semifinalists.