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.
Over the years, Leonard Decof has become recognized nationally as one of the country’s preeminent trial lawyers. He has won national recognition in the courtroom as well as at the lectern. He has tried in the trial courts and argued in the appellate courts many cases which established major precedent. In the United States Supreme Court he has argued and won cases which set the precedent in the areas of antitrust and constitutional law.
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.
The firm has grown in 25 years to be nationally recognized and the largest firm in Rhode Island devoted solely to the prosecution and trial of civil actions on behalf of plaintiffs.