Michael P. Quinn, Jr.
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The son of working class parents and third generation Irish immigrants, Michael was born and raised in a blue-collar neighborhood behind Kent County Hospital in Warwick. The son of a state trooper, he had childhood dreams of entering and making a career in the armed services. During high school, he was nominated by the late Senator John Chafee for placement at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Just weeks before summer basic training started, however, he was advised that a history of childhood asthma disqualified him from military academy entrance. With little time left, he was able to secure a spot in the incoming class at the University of Rhode Island. Over the next four years, he worked during the week as a clerk in the federal prosecutor’s office in Providence. It was there that he got his first taste of trial work and developed a love for the courtroom. In addition to his weekday job, he worked through the weekends as a busboy and dishwasher.
In the wake of the September 11th attacks, he again tried to join the armed services – this time, the Marine Corps – but again was told that he was medically disqualified from military service. A year later, he graduated in the top of his college class, summa cum laude, and applied to law school. He was accepted to Villanova Law School and moved to Philadelphia for three years. After graduating from Villanova, Michael turned down a job in New York City and moved back home.
For much of the beginning of his career, Michael defended hospitals, doctors, and other professionals in malpractice actions. With this experience, he came to understand and sympathize with the challenges medical professionals face on a day-to-day basis. He also came to see the too often tragic consequences that followed when some doctors and hospitals failed to follow practices that were most likely to keep patients safe. In late 2010, he joined Decof, Decof & Barry. Since then, he has focused his practice on representing parents, children, and families who have suffered unthinkable losses and catastrophic physical injuries. He handles all kinds of civil litigation – from maritime/admiralty cases to car and trucking accidents to accounting/legal malpractice to claims of product liability. For medical malpractice work, he has not forgotten his time defending doctors and other professionals and gives each case serious consideration before filing a lawsuit.
Michael is licensed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He practices and tries cases in both jurisdictions. A tireless worker who is often in his office as the sun rises, he was voted by his peers as a Super Lawyer, Rising Star in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Michael and his wife, who he went to high school with, are parents to three young boys. When he is not busy fixing broken toys around his house, chasing his sons around the backyard, and working for his clients, he acts as a coach for the local youth soccer and baseball leagues.