Providence, Rhode Island – March 4, 2014 – Jennifer A. Barry, an attorney at the personal injury law firm Decof, Decof & Barry, P.C., was the recipient of an impressive designation for a trial lawyer, when she was appointed by Governor Lincoln Chafee to the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline in 2013. The Board is responsible for regulating all physicians on licensing and discipline matters. Rhode Island law requires that one of the non-physician members of the Board be a plaintiff’s attorney, appropriately experienced in medical malpractice litigation. This is done to help ensure the protection of the public.
Mrs. Barry began her legal career at Decof & Decof, P.C. in 1997 after serving as a law clerk for former Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank J. Williams during the time he served as an Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court (1996 – 1997). She focuses her practice on catastrophic personal injury cases, including wrongful death and medical negligence. Mrs. Barry has represented clients in the Rhode Island Supreme Court and Superior Court, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.
She is admitted to the Rhode Island State Bar, the Federal Bar for the District of Rhode Island, the Massachusetts State Bar, and the Federal Bar for the District of Massachusetts. Mrs. Barry is a former member of the Maryland State Bar, a current member of the Rhode Island Association for Justice, and a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation.
Mrs. Barry graduated from Bates College with a joint degree in economics and political science (B.A. 1993) and Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (J.D. 1996). During law school she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Torts. Jennifer also served as an intern to Senior U.S. District Court Judge Alexander Harvey II, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, and represented Catholic University at the 1995 National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the 1996 Freedom Forum National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Nashville, Tennessee.