Dan Prentiss spent more than 15 years concentrating
his practice in the representation of plaintiffs in personal
injury litigation. The cases he handled covered a great breadth
of subject matter. In the field of defective products and
product liability, he proved that defective control design
led to a fork lift collision that resulted in the amputation
of the operator’s leg. He was co-counsel to Leonard
Decof in two of the most significant product liability trials
in Rhode Island history, Fiske v. MacGregor (finding a defective
helmet design was responsible for the quadriplegic injury
of a high school football player) and Donahue v. Goodyear
Tire & Rubber Co. (finding that a defective tire caused
the crash and death of Formula I driver Mark Donohue in the
Austrian Grand Prix). He has litigated cases involving asbestos-contaminated
talc, defective medical products, defective power equipment,
and many other consumer and manufacturing products.
Mr. Prentiss’s personal injury experience
covers a great many other fields as well. He won a significant
judgment against a university and a fraternity for a woman
freshman who was sexually assaulted at a fraternity party.
He won a judgment for a construction worker who was seriously
injured after falling through an improperly guarded floor
opening in a building that was under construction. For another
construction worker, he obtained judgment against an engineer
and a construction contractor for a defectively constructed
component of a building under construction.
Mr. Prentiss has also litigated numerous automobile
accident cases, and cases of professional negligence (legal,
In the course of his trial work, Mr. Prentiss
has obtained seven jury verdicts in excess of one million
dollars for his clients, the first in 1983.
Although his practice has since expanded considerably
beyond personal injury law, Mr. Prentiss continues to accept
selected personal injury matters.