Patrick C. Barry
Patrick C. Barry joined the personal injury law firm Decof & Decof, P.C. in 1997, beginning his legal career. After a period at his own law firm, Patrick returned to the firm in 2011 and the firm became known as Decof, Decof & Barry in 2013. He handles all aspects of cases involving catastrophic personal injuries, wrongful death and medical negligence. An accomplished trial lawyer and patient safety advocate, Patrick has earned recognition for handling many successful trials, including multiple seven-figure jury verdicts and settlements in a variety of medical negligence and serious injury cases.
Awards and Other Honors
- Selected for “Super Lawyers,” a national peer-nominated and independent review service with results published in Rhode Island Monthly, in the areas of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury, 2010-present
- Finished among the Top 10 “Super Lawyers” in Rhode Island, across all areas of practice, in 2014 and 2016
- Obtained an “AV” rating bestowed by Martindale-Hubbell in response to legal surveys of his peers and colleagues (the highest “peer review” rating available), 2010-present
- Member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2016-present.
- Appointed to the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (the licensing board for all physicians in the state) by Governor Carcieri, 2005-2013.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Rhode Island Association for Justice, Past President, Member of Board of Governors, and Member, 2003-present
- American Association for Justice, Former Governor (2010-2011), Member, 2003-present
- Rhode Island Bar Association, Member, 1996-present
- Rhode Island Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2010-present
- Writer and Lecturer for seminars provided to various professional groups including the Rhode Island Bar Association, Rhode Island Association for Justice, New Jersey Association for Justice, Rhode Island Medical Society, Care New England Corporation and others, 2001-present
- Chapter Author, “Deposing Medical and Technical Experts” in a 2010 MCLE/New England publication, “A Practical Guide to Discovery & Depositions in Rhode Island,” 2010-present with updates
Education and Admissions
Patrick graduated from Boston University (B.A.) in 1990 and from Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude) in 1996. During law school, he was the Articles Editor of one of the school’s law review publications and selected for publication of a scholarly article regarding the use of scientific opinion testimony. He was also the recipient of the Josiah Oliver Wolcott Fellowship with the Supreme Court for the State of Delaware, in 1995-1996.
Patrick earned admission to the bar in the states of Rhode Island in 1996 and Massachusetts in 1997.
Notable Case Wins
Smith v. The University of Rhode Island, et al.Providence County Superior Court, 2018
$32 million jury verdict and judgment in three-week trial in Providence County Superior Court. This result was obtained on behalf of a Connecticut couple after the husband, an Iraq War veteran, became paralyzed due to a swimming accident at the University of Rhode Island. The jury found URI negligent in failing to prohibit visitors from swimming in a dangerous lake with submerged rocks.
Arriaza v. Singer, et alRhode Island Superior Court, 2006
Patrick won a $2.5 million verdict in a 3 week medical malpractice trial involving the death of a newborn infant. The case involved a failure to identify and treat early labor, resulting in a deadly and avoidable infection.
Campanelli v. Felion, et alRhode Island Superior Court, 2015
$1.8 million judgment following 3-week jury trial for severe temporomandibular disorder following a rear-end car crash. The defense contended the injuries were unrelated to the crash, but the jury sided with Patrick’s client.
Ribeiro v. NewmanRhode Island Supreme Court, 2016
Successful appeal on behalf of a client following a verdict for the defendant. The trial court had excluded an important part of the testimony of an expert witness for the plaintiff. The state supreme court reversed the judgment for the defense and returned the case for a new trial with the expert testimony intact.
DEPCO/RISDIC LitigationRhode Island Superior Court, 1997-2002
Patrick was part of the team of attorneys, led by the firm’s founder Leonard Decof, that represented the State of Rhode Island following the collapse of the state’s privately insured credit union industry. The team sued the directors and officers of the failed institutions and its insurer, RISDIC, along with several law firms, banks and accountants involved in the financial wrongdoing. The state recovered $180 million that had been spent to bail out the depositors of the credit unions.
Ciancola v. University of Rhode IslandRhode Island Superior Court, 2016
Represented the mother of a URI student-athlete who collapsed during a team workout and died after three days of hospitalization. This case, involving complex medical and scientific issues unique to sports related deaths and other injuries in athletic workouts, received national press attention. It settled just days before the trial for $1.45 million and the establishment of an annual scholarship in the student’s name.
URI, insurer reach $1.45M settlement with family of athlete who died during workout - Providence Journal
Death of URI athlete from CT settled for $1.45M - CT Post
Product Liability – Fire Deaths
Patrick served as lead counsel in complex litigation on behalf of the families of five victims who died in a house fire. Settlement reached with a major manufacturer of a smoke alarm alleged to be defective, shortly before trial.
Multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of the families of five victims who died in a house fire, against a major smoke alarm manufacturer.
Other Trials and Settlements
Successful settlements obtained on behalf of many clients before, during and after jury trials in many cases involving catastrophic personal injury, medical negligence and wrongful death.