Patrick C. Barry
Areas of Practice
Mr. Barry began his legal career at Decof & Decof, P.C. in 1997. After a brief stint at his own law firm, he returned to the firm as Co-Managing Attorney in 2011. Patrick handles all aspects of cases involving catastrophic personal injuries, wrongful death, and medical negligence.
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Bar Admissions and Education
Patrick is admitted to the bar in the states of Rhode Island (1996) and Massachusetts (1997). He graduated from Boston University (B.A.) in 1990, and from Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude) in 1996. He supported himself through law school by earning scholarships including the Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellowship for 1995-96, and by tending bar in the evenings. While in law school, Patrick was the Articles Editor of one of the school's law review publications, and was also selected for publication of a scholarly article about the use of scientific opinion testimony.
Patrick has been recognized as an accomplished trial lawyer and patient safety advocate. He has handled many successful trials, including the largest jury verdict ever obtained against an area obstetrical hospital, and many other medical negligence and serious injury cases. He has been a member of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, the licensing board for all physicians in the state, since 2005. He is also a Past President of the Rhode Island Association for Justice, a statewide organization of approximately 350 civil justice attorneys. He has been selected for the New England Super Lawyers list for the years 2010 and 2011 in the areas of Medical Malpractice and general Personal Injury. Patrick was also recognized by his peers in the legal profession with an "AV" rating bestowed by Martindale-Hubbell in response to legal surveys. This is the highest "peer review" rating available.
Patrick has written and lectured for numerous professional groups about patient safety, medical negligence, and personal injury topics. These groups include the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Rhode Island Association for Justice, the New Jersey Association for Justice, the Rhode Island Medical Society, the Care New England corporation, and many "continuing legal education" seminars. He also authored the chapter on "Deposing Medical and Technical Experts" in a 2010 MCLE/New England publication, "A Practical Guide to Discovery & Depositions in Rhode Island."
Patrick lives in Bristol with his wife Jennifer and two young sons. They enjoy skiing and other sports together. Patrick is active in the Bristol Youth Soccer Association, serving as a coach for his sons' teams.
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