Jennifer A. Barry
Mrs. Barry began her legal career at Decof & Decof, P.C. in September of 1997 after serving as a law clerk for former Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank J. Williams, while he was serving as an Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court (1996 – 1997).
After a brief stint working at her husband’s firm Mrs. Barry returned to the Decof firm, along with her husband, in 2011. Jennifer focuses her practice on catastrophic personal injury cases, including wrongful death and medical negligence cases.
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Bar Admissions and Education
Mrs. Barry graduated from Bates College with a joint degree in economics and political science (B.A. 1993) and Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1996). During law school she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Book award in Torts. Jennifer also served as an intern to Senior United States District Court Judge Alexander Harvey, II of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and represented Catholic University at the 1995 National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the 1996 Freedom Forum National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jennifer is admitted to the Rhode Island State Bar (1996), the Federal Bar for the District of Rhode Island (1997), the Massachusetts State Bar (1997), and the Federal Bar for the District of Massachusetts. She is also a former member of the Maryland State Bar (1996). She is a member of the Rhode Island Association for Justice and a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation.
Mrs. Barry is an accomplished attorney handling many different aspects of complex personal injury, wrongful death and professional negligence claims. After spending the first few years of her practice working with the firm’s team of trial attorneys handling the professional liability actions arising out of the RISDIC credit union crisis, Jennifer transitioned into the firm’s more traditional tort practice. She now represents families of clients who have died and clients who have been catastrophically injured as a result of medical malpractice. As part of this practice Mrs. Barry has represented clients in the Rhode Island Supreme Court, the Rhode Island Superior Court and the United States District Court for the district of Rhode Island.
In early 2013, Jennifer was appointed by Governor Chafee to serve as a member of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, the licensing board for all physicians in the state. Jennifer lives in Bristol with her husband Patrick and two young sons.