Patrick C. Barry
Mr. Barry began his legal career at the firm in 1997. After a brief stint at his own law firm, he returned to the firm as Co-Managing Attorney in 2011. The firm became known as Decof, Decof & Barry in 2013. 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 multiple seven figure jury verdicts and settlements in a variety of medical negligence and serious injury cases. He served as a member of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, the licensing board for all physicians in the state, from 2005 to 2013. He is also a Past President of the Rhode Island Association for Justice, a statewide organization of approximately 400 civil justice attorneys, and a former Governor of the American Association for Justice. He has been selected for the New England Super Lawyers list for every year since 2010 in the area of Medical Malpractice. Patrick also holds an “AV” rating bestowed by Martindale-Hubbell in response to legal surveys of his peers and colleagues. This is the highest “peer review” rating available. In 2015, he was selected as a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.
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 other “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, including their sons’ soccer games. Jennifer is also an attorney with the firm.