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Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyers Practice in the Following Cities:
  • Providence
  • Fall River
  • Warwick
  • New London
  • Norwich

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On May 1, 1975, Leonard Decof founded his firm under the name of Leonard Decof, Ltd. It was the first and only law firm in Rhode Island dedicated exclusively to litigation and trial of plaintiffs' cases. In the beginning, Leonard Decof was its sole member. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, he had decided to make trial advocacy his life's work. His credo was professionalism, excellence and integrity. This philosophy has marked the work of the firm, which has evolved to the current Decof & Decof. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured Rhode Islanders suffering from:

  • Medical malpractice:
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Shoulder Dystocia
    • Failure to diagnose cancer
    • Anesthesia errors
    • Hospital mistakes
    • Brachial plexus palsy and all other related birth injuries resulting from medical malpractice.
  • Personal injury:
    • Wrongful death
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Auto/bus/motorcycle and trucking accidents
    • Unsafe machinery
    • Defective products
    • Severe burns
    • SUV rollover
    • Automotive crashworthiness and other serious injuries.
  • Legal malpractice
  • Aviation disasters
  • Commercial litigation
  • Professional sports litigation
  • Civil rights

Mark B. Decof, Leonard's son, has established his own place and reputation in the legal community. An experienced, thorough and compassionate litigator, Mark Decof has tried to verdict many important cases, obtaining numerous verdicts in excess of a million dollars. He is recognized as one of the foremost plaintiffs' trial attorneys in Rhode Island, especially in the fields of medical malpractice and product liability.


All of the firm's lawyers, particularly senior associates John S. Foley and Vincent T. Cannon are skilled litigators. The firm's mission is to offer to its clients the best representation possible. It is acutely aware of and responsive to its clients' needs. It pursues this mission conscientiously and diligently.

The firm has an abiding concern in cases affecting the public welfare and the public's rights. In 1992, at the request of the Governor of the State of Rhode Island, it undertook to represent the State to recover losses, in the hundreds of millions of dollars, suffered by taxpayers resulting from the State's banking crisis, the greatest financial disaster in the State's history. In pursuit of these claims, the firm filed actions against hundreds of defendants. These actions were litigated in the State and Federal trial appellate courts, and in the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to plaintiffs' tort cases, the firm handles select cases in the areas of civil rights, antitrust and professional sports litigation.

Decof & Decof
A Professional Corporation

One Smith Hill
Providence, RI 02903
Phone (401) 272-1110
Fax (401) 351-6641

130 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
Phone (401) 848-5700
Fax (401) 847-3391



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