Richard W. Paterniti is a partner at Jones Kelleher. His practice involves
the litigation and trial of personal injury cases with a focus on medical
malpractice, premises liability, motor vehicle negligence and product
liability cases. Rich has successfully represented clients in state and
federal courts throughout the country and has worked on trial teams that
have successfully obtained multi-million dollar resolutions for injured
clients at trial, arbitration and mediation. His practice also has included
employment and commercial litigation. Throughout his career, Rich also
has represented his clients on appellate issues. He and his partner, Pat
Jones, recently obtained a landmark decision from the Massachusetts
SJC in which the Court created new law in favor of the firm’s clients.
Rich has been recognized for his work by his peers and by national
organizations. The Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice groups
at Jones Kelleher in which he is a partner have received the highest
rankings of excellence by various organizations, including the U.S. News
and World Report.

Since 2015, Rich has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the
Best Lawyers in America publication in the category of Personal Injury
Litigation. In addition, the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory
has awarded Rich an AV rating, the highest possible rating for legal ability
and ethical standards.

In 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017, Rich was selected by his peers as one
of the Top 100 Attorneys in Massachusetts, as published in the New
England Super Lawyers publication and in Boston Magazine. Since 2011,
as published in Boston Magazine, Rich has been selected as a “Super
Lawyer,” a rating given to the top 5% of practicing attorneys based on
an extensive peer review and evaluation process. Prior to that, Rich was
selected as a “Rising Star.”

Rich is licensed to practice law in the federal and state courts of
Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as the United States Court of
Appeals for the First Circuit. He is a graduate of Middlebury College (B.A.,
cum laude, 1993) and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1999) and has
published several articles on various legal issues. He is a member of the
Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the Rhode Island Association
for Justice, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Rhode Island Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice.

Prior to 2014, Rich worked for more than 15 years at Cooley Manion Jones LLP representing clients in personal injury claims as well as employment and commercial disputes. He also spent more than five years representing clients at a national employment and labor law firm. In addition to his legal work, Rich serves on the Board of Directors of Wide Horizons for Children, an organization dedicated to the well-being and security of vulnerable and orphaned children worldwide. Over the years, he has contributed his time and energy to other non-profit organizations in the Boston area.

Boston College Law School
J.D., 1999

Middlebury College
B.A. (cum laude), 1993

Rhode Island
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

American Association for Justice

Massachusetts Bar Association

Rhode Island Bar Association

Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys

Rhode Island Association for Justice

Best Lawyers in America
Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiff, 2015 – Present

Massachusetts and New England Super Lawyers
Super Lawyer, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Top 100 Massachusetts Lawyers, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Rising Star, 2009-2010

Martindale Hubbell National Law Directory
AV Rated, 2014

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