Bio

Timothy J. Grimes joined personal injury law firm, Decof, Decof & Barry, P.C. in January 2017. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Luis M. Matos, then-presiding on the Providence County Superior Court Motion Calendar. Subsequently, Tim joined preeminent international law firm K&L Gates, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts as an associate, gaining significant litigation experience with principal involvement in the 38 Studios matter in Rhode Island. Upon resolution of the 38 Studios matter, Tim returned to his home state and joined Decof, Decof & Barry in handling catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, and product liability claims at the state and federal levels.

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Education and Admissions

Tim graduated from Boston University (B.A.) in 2008 and from Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D., cum laude) in 2012. He earned admission to the bar in the states of Rhode Island (2012) and Massachusetts (2012), as well as the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island (2013), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (2013), and the Supreme Court of the United States (2017).

Honors and Awards

  • Editor-in-Chief of the Roger Williams University Law Review, 2011-2012

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Member, 2012-present
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice, Member 2017-present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 2017-present
  • Roger Williams University School of Law Alumni Association, Board Member, 2013-present

Notable Case Wins

  • $32 Million Jury Verdict (Second Chair)Smith v. The University of Rhode Island, et al.
    Providence County Superior Court, 2018

    Timothy also assisted Patrick Barry in achieving a $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.
  • $61 Million Judgment (Second Chair)Sfameni v. Rhode Island Hospital

    Timothy assisted Michael Quinn, Jr. in achieving a $61 million judgment following a $40 million jury verdict in 8-day trial in Providence County Superior Court. As of September 2017, when this verdict was returned, it is the largest medical malpractice verdict in Rhode Island history. The plaintiff had his right leg amputated after he developed severe blood clots as a result of the doctors’ failure to place him on a blood thinner. The jury found that errors made by multiple physicians and physicians-in-training led to the injury.