Patrick C. Barry

Top rated medical malpractice attorney in Providence, Rhode Island

Decof Barry Mega & Quinn, P.C.
Patrick C. Barry
Decof Barry Mega & Quinn, P.C.

Practice Areas: Medical malpractice, Personal injury

Licensed in Rhode Island since: 1996

Education: Widener University – Delaware Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022

Decof Barry Mega & Quinn, P.C.

One Smith Hill
Providence, RI 02903 Phone: 401-272-1110 Email: Patrick C. Barry Visit website


Mr. Barry is an accomplished trial lawyer and public safety advocate.  He represents handicapped children, families who have lost loved ones, and other victims of medical and general negligence.  Patrick handles all aspects of cases involving catastrophic personal injuries, wrongful death, and medical negligence. He has earned recognition for handling many successful trials, including multiple seven-figure and eight-figure jury verdicts and settlements in a variety of medical negligence and serious injury cases.  In 2018, he was named Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" in recognition of a $32,000,000 jury verdict in a catastrophic injury trial. 

Patrick was also a public member of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, the regulatory board for all physicians in the state, from 2005 to 2013.  In 2018 he was appointed to the Rhode Island Supreme Court's Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.  

Mr. Barry is a Past President of the Rhode Island Association of Justice, a statewide organization of approximately 400 trial lawyers, and has served as a national Governor of the American Association for Justice.  He has been selected to the Superlawyers New England list every year since 2010 in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury.  In 2014 and 2016, Mr. Barry was named among the "Top 10" Super Lawyers in Rhode Island, receiving one of the highest point totals among attorneys in all practice areas. Mr. Barry also holds an "AV" peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell.  This is the highest rating available.

He 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.”

Mr. Barry 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. 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.

First Admitted: 1996, Rhode Island

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • As a public member of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, Mr. Barry served on the state board that licenses and regulates physicians in Rhode Island.  The Board is called upon to investigate and make findings in formal adminstrative complaints filed against physicians.  Sanctions range from reprimand to revocation of license to practice medicine.  While serving in this position, Mr. Barry used the same medical knowledge and analytical skill he employs in his medical negligence practice.   Mr. Barry also currently serves on the board of the East Bay Food Pantry, which serves over 1,500 Rhode Island households (more than 5,000 individuals, 1,500 being children) with food distribution and meaningful community-based programs.  The food pantry and thrift shop are located in Bristol, RI, where Mr. Barry lives with his wife and children.
Representative Clients:
  • Handicapped and brain-injured children, victims of medical negligence, families that have lost loved ones due to another person's negligence, traumatic brain injury victims, and other clients with serious personal injury claims.
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor of Arts from Boston University, 1990
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Young Lawyers Committee, Rhode Island Bar Association, 1998
  • Member, American Inns of Court, Roger Williams School of Law Chapter
  • Member, Board Member, Executive Officer and President of the Rhode Island Association of Justice (the state trial lawyers' association).
  • Member, Superior Court Bench/Bar Committee
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Chapter author for "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Rhode Island," a new practice manual published in September 2010.  Mr. Barry authored the chapter on "Deposing Medical and Technical Experts.", Chapter Author, Rhode Island Discovery Practice Manual, MCLE Publications, 2010
  • Instructor and Invited Speaker for many CLE seminars and professional presentations including "Medical Malpractice Litigation in Rhode Island (2003)" and "Advanced Personal Injury Practice (2005)" for NBI; "Medical Malpractice Implications of End-of-life Care" for the Rhode Island Medical Society (2001); "Medical Malpractice Mediation Program" for Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting (2007)"; "A Day with Risk Management: Collaboratively Avoiding Risks in Medicine" for Care New England (2006); Invited Speaker for the annual "Boardwalk Seminar" for the New Jersey Association for Justice (2011); "Practice and Pitfalls for New Lawyers" at Roger Williams Law School (2011); and others. 
  • Author of "Questioning the Answers: Admissibility of Scientific Evidence in the Remand of Daubert v. Merrell Dow."  2 Wid. L. Symp. J. 580 (1997)
  • $3.8 million jury verdict in the Bristol County Superior Courthouse in New Bedford, MA, following a seven-day trial in a medical malpractice and wrongful death case., 2019
  • $32 million jury verdict and judgment in three-week trial in Providence County Superior Court, ivolving a man who became paralyzed due to a swimming accident., 2018
  • Medical malpractice jury verdict of $2.5 million in a case involving the preventable death of a newborn.  The jury found that a midwife and the hospital negligently treated a young woman in labor and caused the death of her child.  Arriaza v. Women & Infants Hospital.
  • A mid-trial settlement of $1 million for the victim of a negligent truck driver.  The plaintiff was severely injured when a delivery truck pulled out in front of the car, resulting in numerous broken bones and orthopedic surgeries.
  • A $1.8 million settlement for the family of a deceased man who was dischraged from an emergency department with clear signs of a heart attack.
  • A settlement of $1 million in a birth-injury case resulting in a permanent nerve injury to a child's arm and hand.  The midwives taking care of the mother failed to deliver a very large baby by cesarean section, resulting in severe and permanent nerve damage to a young boy.  
  • A mid-trial settlement of $2.5 million on behalf of a developmentally disabled adult who was sexually assaulted by a service provider.
  • A settlement of $3.3 million in a medical malpractice case involving permanent brain injury resulting from a hospital-acquired infection of the central nervous system.
Industry Groups:
  • American Association For Justice
  • Rhode Island Association For Justice
  • Rhode Island Bar Association

Office location for Patrick C. Barry

One Smith Hill
Providence, RI 02903


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2022

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Top 10: Rhode Island Super Lawyers: 2014, 2016

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