Mark B. Decof
Mark Decof is the principal shareholder and senior trial lawyer of Decof & Decof, P.C. Along with his father and former partner Leonard Decof, he founded the firm in 1980 and for more than 30 years Mark has been actively engaged in litigation and trial practice, and has won more multi-million dollar jury verdicts than any other trial lawyer in the state of Rhode Island. Mark’s precedent-setting courtroom successes, in combination with the achievements and reputation of Leonard Decof before him, have established Decof & Decof, P.C. as not only the first law firm in Rhode Island to be devoted exclusively to seriously injured individuals and their families, but the most accomplished, respected and trusted law firm in Rhode Island.
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Mark Decof has been a practicing trial attorney at Decof & Decof, P.C. since graduating Georgetown University in 1976 and Suffolk University Law School in 1979.
He has served as lead trial counsel in state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts in complex medical malpractice, product liability and general negligence cases involving serious personal injury and wrongful death.
Rhode Island Bar Association, Member, 1980-present American Association for Justice, Member, 1981-present Rhode Island Association for Justice, Member and Board of Governors, 1996-present International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1994-present American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate, 1996-present American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2002-present.
Honors and Awards
Voted among “Top Lawyers” in Rhode Island, Rhode Island Monthly, September 2003 Voted among “Top Lawyers” in Rhode Island, Rhode Island Monthly, November 2008 Voted among “Top Lawyers” in Rhode Island, Rhode Island Monthly, November 2011 Named “Lawyer of the Year in Rhode Island”, Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, December 2004 Listed in “Super Lawyers”, Rhode Island Monthly, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
Notable Trials, Verdicts and Cases
James Woods vs. Kent Hospital
Rhode Island Superior Court, 2009
A confidential settlement following a 4-week jury trial for the wrongful death of Michael Woods, brother of actor James Woods, due to negligent cardiac care resulting in death.
At the conclusion of the trial Kent Hospital publicly admitted fault and apologized to James Woods and the family of Michael Woods. In addition to a confidential settlement to the family, Kent Hospital created the Michael Woods Institute to develop and implement changes in personnel, practices and policies to improve the quality of care delivered in the Emergency Department at Kent Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island. James Woods is an active member of the Board of the Michael J. Woods Institute.
Estate of Mary O’Sullivan vs. Newport Emergency Physicians, Inc.
Rhode Island Superior Court, 2007
$21.5 million jury verdict to the family of Mary O’Sullivan for negligence of physician in the Emergency Department at Newport Hospital in failing to diagnose and treat pneumonia, resulting in the death of Mary O’Sullivan, wife and mother of three young children. This is the largest medical malpractice and wrongful death jury verdict in the history of Rhode Island.
Judith Oliveira vs. Chase Manhattan Automotive Finance Corp.
Rhode Island Superior Court, 2003
$18.5 million jury verdict for a woman who suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia in a motor vehicle accident. This is the largest personal injury jury verdict in the history of Rhode Island.
The case also established precedent in the Rhode Island Supreme Court for holding leasing companies legally responsible for wrongdoers who operate leased vehicles with consent.
Arthur LaPlante vs. Honda Motor Company, Inc.
United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, 1993
$9.6 million jury verdict for a young man who suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia from a crash involving a defectively designed All Terrain Vehicle (ATV).
Richard Holland vs. Business Express, Inc.
United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, 1998
$7.2 million jury verdict for an elderly man and his wife for severe injuries the man suffered because of the negligence of a commercial airline, after falling from a stairway while exiting a commercial airplane.
Mark Bennett vs. Thackery’s Restaurant
Massachusetts Superior Court, 1983
$1.3 million jury verdict for a young man who suffered a leg amputation injury when his motorcycle was struck by a drunk driver. Verdict against a restaurant which negligently served alcoholic beverages to intoxicated driver.
Case was affirmed on appeal and established precedent in Massachusetts for liability on the part of establishments that negligently serve alcohol.
Matthew Valvano vs. East Side Anesthesiology, Inc.
United Sates District Court for the District of Rhode Island, 1991
$3.2 million jury verdict for a young man who suffered a stroke due to negligence during a maxillofacial surgical procedure.
Karen Rodrigues vs. Miriam Hospital
Rhode Island Superior Court, 1990
$2.8 million jury verdict for a young woman who suffered brain damage due to negligence of care providers in Emergency Room in failing to perform a tracheostomy for airway swelling due to an allergic reaction.
Jacqueline Woods vs. Christos Erinakes, M.D.
Rhode Island Superior Court, 1991
$1.2 million jury verdict for a child who suffered brachial plexus injury due to negligence by obstetrician during childbirth complicated by shoulder dystocia.
Peter Thibodeau vs. Margaret Caulfield
Rhode Island Superior Court, 1989
$1.2 million jury verdict for a 42 year old man who suffered serious injuries in an automobile accident.
Estate of Linda Williams vs. Wallace Gonsalves, D.O.
Rhode Island Superior Court, 1996
$1.1 million jury verdict for the wrongful death of a woman for osteopathic physician’s negligence in failing to diagnose brain aneurysm.