Mark B. Decof, the principal shareholder and senior trial lawyer at Decof, Decof & Barry, P.C., serves as lead trial counsel in state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts pertaining to complex medical malpractice, product liability, and general negligence cases involving serious personal injury and wrongful death. Mark joined his father and former partner Leonard Decof in 1980 and for more than 37 years has engaged actively in litigation and trial practice, winning more multimillion-dollar jury verdicts than any other trial lawyer in the state of Rhode Island. His courtroom successes, combined with the legacy of Leonard Decof, has established Decof, Decof & Barry as the first and most accomplished Rhode Island law firm devoted exclusively to seriously injured individuals.
Contact Mark today by calling (401) 200-4059.
Education and Admissions
Mark graduated from Georgetown University in 1976 and Suffolk University Law School (J.D.) in 1979. He earned admission to the states of Rhode Island in 1980 as well as the Federal District Court for the District of Rhode Island in 1980.
Honors and Awards
- Personal Injury Plaintiff “Lawyer of the Year” in Providence, RI by Best Lawyers®, 2017
- Appointed in 2013 by the Rhode Island Supreme Court as a member of the Board of Bar Examiners
- Among Top 10 “Super Lawyers” in the state, across all practice areas, every year since 2007
- Listed as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in New England, every year since 2007
- Named “Lawyer of the Year in Rhode Island,” Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, December 2004
Memberships and Affiliations
- American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2002-present
- American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate, 1996-present
- Rhode Island Association for Justice, Member and Board of Governors, 1996-present
- International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1994-present
- American Association for Justice, Member, 1981-present
- Rhode Island Bar Association, Member, 1980-present
Notable Case Wins
Confidential SettlementJames 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.
$21.5 Million Jury VerdictEstate of Mary O’Sullivan vs. Newport Emergency Physicians, Inc.
Rhode Island Superior Court, 2003
$21.5 million jury verdict for the family of Mary O’Sullivan for negligence of a 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 was at the time the largest medical malpractice and wrongful death jury verdict in the history of Rhode Island.
$18.5 Million Jury VerdictJudith Oliveira vs. Chase Manhattan Automotive Finance Corp.
Rhode Island Superior Court, 2000
$18.5 million jury verdict for a woman who suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia in a motor vehicle accident. This was at the time 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.
$2 Million Jury VerdictLambert vs. Paranscandolo
Newport County Superior Court, 2015
October 2015 Newport County jury verdict of over $2 million for a 63-year-old commercial fisherman whose right arm was pulled into a machine, traumatically amputating the arm below the elbow. Mark Decof, assisted by attorney Michael Quinn, successfully proved that the crane was unreasonably dangerous due to faulty maintenance.
$9.6 Million Jury VerdictArthur 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 while operating a defectively designed All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV).
$7.2 Million Jury VerdictRichard Holland vs. Business Express, Inc.
United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, 1998
$7.2 million jury verdict for Leonard Holland, Adjutant General of Rhode Island and his wife. General Holland suffered severe injuries after falling from a stairway while exiting a commercial airplane due to the negligence of employees of the airline.
$1.3 Jury VerdictMark 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 a drunk driver struck his motorcycle, against multiple restaurants and bars that negligently served alcoholic beverages to the intoxicated driver who struck Mr. Bennett. The case, affirmed on appeal, established precedent in Massachusetts for liability on the part of establishments that negligently serve alcohol to people who subsequently caused injury or death to others.
$3.2 Million Jury VerdictMatthew Valvano vs. East Side Anesthesiology, Inc.
United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, 1991
$3.2 million jury verdict for a young man who suffered a stroke due to the negligent administration of anesthesia during a maxillofacial surgical procedure.
$2.8 Million Jury VerdictKaren 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 the Emergency Room by failing to perform a tracheostomy for airway swelling caused by an allergic reaction.
$1.2 Million Jury VerdictJacqueline Woods vs. Christos Erinakes, M.D.
Rhode Island Superior Court, 1991
$1.2 million jury verdict for a child who suffered a brachial plexus nerve injury due to the negligence of an obstetrician during a delivery complicated by shoulder dystocia.
$1.2 Million Jury VerdictPeter 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.
$1.1 Million Jury VerdictEstate of Linda Williams vs. Wallace Gonsalves, D.O.
Rhode Island Superior Court, 1996
$1.1 million jury verdict for the wrongful death of a young woman due to an osteopathic physician’s negligence in failing to diagnose and treat a brain aneurysm.
Confidential SettlementFrancis O’Donnell vs. Cooper Tire
Product Liability - Defective Tire - Severe Injuries to Multiple Passengers
Confidential settlements on behalf of five teenagers who were ejected from a mini-van when it rolled over following a tire tread separation. One of the occupants was killed and four were seriously injured. Settlements just prior to trial after five years of litigation against one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers.
Confidential SettlementKathleen Main vs. Citizens Bank
Negligent Bank Security - Premises Liability - Wrongful Death
Confidential settlement during trial for the family of a man killed in the parking lot of a bank during a bank robbery, where the bank’s security measures and physical properties were alleged to be deficient.